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Jane Ira Bloom: Sixteen Sunsets

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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


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