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What an astonishing figure Jane Ira Bloom continues to be. Even if her tone on soprano saxophone weren't uniquely beautiful and her technique preternaturally pliable, there would be her longtime connection with some of the greatest players in current jazz to distinguish her – pianist Fred Hersch on so many records (Dawn Clement plays terrific piano on this quartet disc), along with bassist Mark Helias and drummer Bobby Previte.

On top of all that, there is the extraordinary creativity and idiosyncrasy that distinguishes so many of her records. What other jazz musician was virtually adopted by NASA for her love of astronauts and space travel? Who else is inspired by abstract painting on other discs and neuroscience still others? Her last disc "Early Americans" might have prepared us for the glory of this one but it really didn't. It's a jazz tribute to Emily Dickinson based on Bloom's discovery that Dickinson was not only an amateur pianist but was sometimes given to improvisation. Says Bloom "I didn't always understand her but I always felt Emily's use of words mirrored the way a jazz musician uses notes."

One of the year's great jazz records by one of our greatest jazz poets and the brilliant friends who understand her completely.

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