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Jane Ira Bloom: Sixteen Sunsets / Santa Fe New Mexican review

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Sixteen Sunsets is a showcase for soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom's rich tone and fluid expression. The disc's well-engineered sound and the smart program - six originals from Bloom and eight ballads - also showcase her thoughtful, deliberate way with melody. There's no rushing here. Bloom seems to dwell on each note, no matter the phrase it appears in, delivering each with a tonal fullness that resonates with warmth and color. When performing "For All We Know," "Darn That Dream," and "Good Morning Heartache," she works in service of the lyric, adding embellishments so natural that they seem part of the composition. On George and Ira Gershwin's "I Loves You Porgy," she holds the last note of each phrase, slowly twisting its pitch in a way that adds both pathos and beauty. Much of her soprano phrasing recalls Billie Holiday's vocal phrasing, lingering and poignant, especially when she takes her sultry time with Holiday and Mal Waldron's "Left Alone." Bloom's own tunes are equally melodic and expressive. The minor-key lament "What She Wanted" gives her an opportunity to bring her glowing sound to the soprano's upper register. "Primary Colors," the recording's best feature for pianist Dominic Fallacaro, bassist Cameron Brown, and drummer Matt Wilson, is the disc's most rhythmically propulsive, full of emotional shading and tonal hues. Despite its name, Sixteen Sunsets is perfect late-night music. SEE THE Santa Fe New Mexican PAGE.