These quartet pieces may have been dubbed "red," but many colors are in fact represented: the moderate swing of "Always Hope," "Monk’s Rec Room," and "Einstein’s Red/Blue Universe"; the beautiful balladry of "Tell Me Your Diamonds"; the free play of "Emergency"; and the stylistic melange of "It’s a Corrugated World." Drummer Bobby Previte shines on the angular "Jax Calypso," while bassist Mark Dresser takes the spotlight with an arco solo on "Climb Inside Her Eyes." Pianist Fred Hersch displays his exquisite touch behind Bloom on two standards, "Time After Time" and "How Deep Is the Ocean." Bloom and Hersch’s deft unison lines — like the ones heard on "Five Full Fathoms" — are surely one of the most distinctive sounds in jazz.
Bloom’s originals are characterized by economy and restraint. Her soprano solos stress melody, not chops. Her band respects this aesthetic choice by keeping a lid on the dynamics. Even the free pieces are marked by a relative sense of calm; they don’t boil over into cacophony. Perhaps the color red is emblematic of this prevailing mood, giving the record a quality of clear, intimate, personal expression.
Track Listing: 1. Always Hope
2. Time After Time
3. Monk's Rec Room
4. Tell Me Your Diamonds
5. Jax Calypso
6. Chagall/How Deep Is Your Ocean
7. Five Full Fathoms
8. It's a Corrugated World
9. Climb Inside Her Eyes
11. Einstein's Red/Blue Universe
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.