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Jane Ira Bloom delivers consummate artwork on Early Americans / all about jazz

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Over a fruitful career versatile soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom has demonstrated a singular artistic voice and a restlessly explorative spirit. Since 2010 she has gone from the free flowing, edgy and electrifying Wingwalker (Outline 2010) to the serene and ethereal Sixteen Sunsets (Outline 2013) and now she presents the earthy and exuberant Early Americans. Her easily recognizable sound and facile virtuosity leave her indelible mark on all these recordings, making them each unique yet simultaneously integral parts of the same body of work.

The sparse trio setting makes First Americans simultaneously intimate and fiery with a primal spirituality permeating every piece. Bloom plays the melancholic melody that opens the stirring "Singing the Triangle" with reserved emotion and expressive eloquence. As the rumbling rhythms enter the spirited tune brims with joy laced with sadness. Bloom's improvisation thrills with its passion and its hints of delightful dissonance. Bassist Mark Helias handles his instrument with the agility of a guitarist. Superb acrobatics and exquisite lyricism mark his turn in the spotlight while drummer Bobby Previte thunders and gallops in the backdrop.

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