Jane Ira Bloom's two duet pandemic sessions are beautiful testaments to her ingenuity / the arts fuse
"It's so hard to be a musician and not play . . . There are times you just feel like crying." – Jane Ira Bloom
theartsfuse - Steve Elman writes.......Jane Ira Bloom hasn't ever let herself be stymied by circumstances. She responded to her pandemic isolation with two distinctive strokes that have become complements to one another – a CD of duets with bassist Mark Helias released last year, and a CD of duets with drummer Allison Miller that has just been issued. These two duet sessions are unique projects in her discography and beautiful testaments to her ingenuity.
Bloom stands at the midpoint of her 60s, an artist with nothing to prove, but still, after all these years, deserving of wider recognition. No one alive is a greater exponent of the soprano saxophone, and no one, living or dead, has carved out such a wide-ranging body of work on the instrument.
Her history has been a series of challenges overcome. Photo: Lucy Gram.