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Jane Ira Bloom: Mental Weather

Read "Mental Weather" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

L’iniziale “A More Beautiful Question“ un duo con pianoforte che ricorda la melodia di “I Love You Porgy“ e la conclusiva “First Toughts/This Nearly Was Mine“ in solitario al sax soprano, sono un vero e proprio trattato sul suono e sul silenzio. Il controllo dell’emissione, la purezza timbrica, la capacità di trasformare i minimi riverberi in melodiose onde ...

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Jane Ira Bloom: Mental Weather

Read "Mental Weather" reviewed by J Hunter

Since 2000, Chamber Music America has put its imprint on jazz by supporting projects by (among others) Dave Douglas, Ben Allison, Don Byron and Ryan Cohan. But while Cohan's multi-hued plea for peace One Sky (Justin Time, 2008) operates on a macro scale, saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom's Mental Weather is much more intimate, though no less ...

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Jane Ira Bloom: Mental Weather

Read "Mental Weather" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes it's good to shake things up. Jane Ira Bloom has been working with the same bass/drum team of Mark Dresser and Bobby Previte since The Red Quartets (Arabesque, 1999) and, more often than not, the soprano saxophonist's pianist of choice has been Fred Hersch as far back as Mighty Lights (Enja, 1983). Bloom's distinctive blend ...

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Jane Ira Bloom: Mental Weather

Read "Mental Weather" reviewed by Lyn Horton

In the distinctly male world of jazz and improvised music, it is particularly good to hear music that sparkles with femaleness. The fact that a woman composes and plays that music is icing on the cake. Suddenly, everything seems to fit together. The gender. The sound. The dynamic.

And nothing could identify this femaleness more than ...

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Jane Ira Bloom: Mental Weather

Read "Mental Weather" reviewed by Martin Longley

Jane Ira Bloom is a pixie. An electronicized pixie, to be precise. This is not entirely a musical image, but also a description of her onstage demeanor. Mental Weather's chief quality is one of capering lightness, as the quartet leader's soprano saxophone negotiates the tricky lines set up by the composing half of her brain, navigating ...