All About Jazz

Home » Articoli » Album Reviews

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

1

Jane Ira Bloom: Sixteen Sunsets

Alberto Bazzurro By

Sign in to view read count
Di Jane Ira Bloom ricordiamo le immagini giovanili, quando, negli anni Ottanta, offriva il proprio contributo all'epifania del sax soprano, destando non poca curiosità, anche per il fatto di essere donna, quando ancora cantanti e pianiste godevano di un monopolio pressoché esclusivo sul plotoncino delle jazz women.

La ritroviamo oggi (non senza averne saggiato le tappe intermedie, ovviamente) musicista matura e alquanto ammorbidita negli intenti (non che sia mai stata una radicale sperimentatrice, ma insomma...), come ci mostra questo album centrato sulle ballads, di suo pugno e non.

Diciamo subito che il lavoro convince (peraltro senza entusiasmare) solo in avvio, quando ancora si pensa che una data forma, una data monoliticità, climatica nonché strutturale, sia destinata a evolversi, ciò che non accade, facendo ripiegare la musica su atmosfere qua e là vagamente salottiere (rare le impennate, per esempio in "Primary Colors"), troppo addolcite, col soprano a condurre le danze e gli altri a rimorchio: Fallacaro fa la sua parte, Wilson è avvertibile a intermittenza, Brown veramente col contagocce e molto in sottofondo (sembra che suoni in un'altra stanza...!).

Ne vien fuori un album alla fin fine piuttosto noioso, ripetitivo, anche elegante ma troppo incline all'estetizzante, al calligrafico, condizionato da un anelito—si direbbe—di purezza (di pulizia) che finisce per smorzarne i già rari slanci. Il Coltrane di Ballads, cui sembra volersi riferire, veleggia piuttosto lontano.

Track Listing: For All We Know; What She Wanted; Gershwin's Skyline / I Loves You Porgy; Darn That Dream; Good Morning Heartache; Out of This World; Ice Dancing (for Torvill & Dean); Left Alone; The Way You Look Tonight; But Not for Me; Primary Colors; My Ship; Too Many Reasons; Bird Experiencing Light.

Personnel: Jane Ira Bloom: sax soprano; Dominic Fallacaro: pianoforte; Cameron Brown: contrabbasso; Matt Wilson: batteria.

Title: Sixteen Sunsets | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Outline

Tags

Watch

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Album Reviews
Bailey's Bundles
Album Reviews
Interviews
Album Reviews
Megaphone
Read more articles

Related Articles

Read Legacy Alive, Volume 6 at the Side Door Album Reviews
Legacy Alive, Volume 6 at the Side Door
By Mike Jurkovic
May 27, 2019
Read Higher Album Reviews
Higher
By Tyran Grillo
May 26, 2019
Read The Unlonely Raindancer Album Reviews
The Unlonely Raindancer
By Matt Parker
May 26, 2019
Read Pyramid Scheme Album Reviews
Pyramid Scheme
By Mark Sullivan
May 26, 2019
Read Mosaismic Album Reviews
Mosaismic
By Mike Jurkovic
May 26, 2019
Read Caldera / Sky Islands Album Reviews
Caldera / Sky Islands
By Jakob Baekgaard
May 25, 2019
Read Baby, Please Come Home Album Reviews
Baby, Please Come Home
By Doug Collette
May 25, 2019