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Jane Ira Bloom: Sixteen Sunsets / Jazztimes review

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Jane Ira Bloom has always been a lyrical player, but on her first ballads collection, stripped of technical enhancements, this elite soprano saxophonist reveals new depths. Leading  a killer quartet, JIB moves seamlessly between standards and originals, Sixteen Sunsets unfolds with a luminous intensity. It's difficult to recall a more powerfully contained reading of "I Loves You, Porgy." Framed by Bloom's "Gershwin's Skyline" and treated to just the right amount of blues expression, the classic radiates dignity in the face of sorrow. Bloom's slow, calmly reflective reading of "The Way You Look Tonight" hits you in a way it rarely does, stripped of sentimentality. READ THE FULL Jazztimes REVIEW.