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Jane Ira Bloom - Wild Lines puts strains of moody jazz on Emily Dickinson / LemonWire

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Critically acclaimed soprano saxophone player, Jane Ira Bloom, sets the words of reclusive 19th century poet, Emily Dickinson, to jazz. The project is a two-disc album called "Wild Lines." I have read my fair share of Emily Dickinson, and I have never thought to associate her with jazz. However, now that Bloom has taken on the poet's works and infused them with strains of moody jazz it makes sense. After Bloom won the 2015 CMA/Doris Duke New Jazz Works commission, she learned that the poet was a piano player. That gave Bloom the idea to set the poet's work to jazz. Dickinson's lifetime (1830-1886), predated jazz, but the improvised nature of poetry, the symbolism and unexpected images of Dickinson's work, make it logical to pair the two. Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson," will be available Sept. 8, 2017.

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