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Jane Ira Bloom - Wild Lines aims to revitalize one of America's finest poets / all about jazz

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Jane Ira Bloom, winner of the 65th Annual Downbeat Critics Poll Winners (2017) award in the soprano saxophone category, took as her inspiration for this recording, the writings of nineteenth century America poet Emily Dickinson. Such was her admiration for the poet that she composed the music for this double CD as a lyrical paean, made possible by a commission from Chamber Music America's 2015 New Jazz Works Program, funded through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. 

Some of Dickinson's words, notably from a posthumously published collection The Gorgeous Nothings and also Emily Dickinson and The Art Of Belief, are spoken by actor Deborah Rush on the second disc. The track titles mirror each other on both CDs, but in an alternative order. On "A Star Not Far Enough" Rush recites in full the five stanzas comprising Dickinson's poem "A Murmur In The Trees-To Note." Just as effective is "Singing The Triangle" opening with the lines "The Visit To The Circus," but the music that follows is spectacular, Bloom's soprano both soaring and yet powerful.

"Mind Gray River" is underpinned by Mark Helias's languid double-stopped pizzicato bass line and Bobby Previte's frenetic drumming introduces and pulsatingly sustains "Cornets of Paradise." The memorably hypnotic "Hymn: You Wish You Had Eyes In Your Pages" is just as remarkable. 

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