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Jane Ira Bloom releases brand new 'Surround-Sound' CD TODAY!! Sixteen Sunsets

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Jane Ira Bloom releases brand new CD TODAY!!: Sixteen Sunsets. Expressive interpretations of Standards and Original compositions on Blu-ray 5.1 High-Resolution Surround-Sound. Released through Pure Audio and Outline Music. Features Cameron Brown on bass, Matt Wilson on drums, and Dominic Fallacaro on piano

"I grew up listening to these songs and knowing the lyrics. They were a part of my earliest listening experiences so playing them is like breathing to me. As time's gone by it's been easier to let the meaning of the songs come through the horn."
Jane Ira Bloom

Award winning soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom has always had a special feeling for ballad performances. So much so that she has now finally released: Sixteen Sunsets, a beautiful new recording featuring expressive interpretations from the American Songbook along with five compelling slow tempo original compositions. With this her 15th album as leader and her first all-ballads album, Sixteen Sunsets pairs JIB with long-time colleagues Cameron Brown on bass and Matt Wilson on drums, along with an exciting new pianist we will all be hearing a lot more from: Dominic Fallacaro.

JIB's love for melody comes directly from her earliest exposure to American Standards. After the release of her ‘Wingwalker' CD, she noticed of the fact that the two or three ballads she would regularly include in live settings attracted special attention from the audience. This led to the idea of ‘all ballads' programs in her concert and club performances, and is what ultimately informed the concept for Sixteen Sunsets. She recalls: "It feels completely natural to combine some of my own slow tempo pieces with the standards - my way of trying to say something about being an instrumental song singer in 2013."

The fourteen tracks on Sixteen Sunsets feature nine American songbook classics including: Gershwin's "I Loves You Porgy," Kern's "The Way You Look Tonight," Arlen's "Out of This World," Weill's "My Ship," Jimmy Van Heusen's "Darn That Dream," and Billie Holiday & Mal Waldron's "Left Alone," among others. There are also five originals from Bloom's ballad repertoire including: "What She Wanted," "Ice Dancing" (for Torvill & Dean), "Gershwin's Skyline," "Too Many Reasons," and "Bird Experiencing Light." Photographic legend Jay Maisel contributed his breathtaking image: "Maine Forest At Dawn" for the album cover art. He picked the image from his archives after listening to the CD and the synchronicity is startling.

Sixteen Sunsets is a co-release between Pure Audio Records and Outline Music with the Blu-ray version coming out on September 29 through Pure Audio, and the standard CD version releasing on January 7, 2014 through Outline. The album was recorded in 5.1 high-resolution Surround Sound at New York's famed Avatar Studio B by renowned engineer Jim Anderson who also co-produced and pushed the envelope of how a jazz quartet could sound using this technique. JIB felt that ‘Surround' was a perfect match for the soprano sax because the sound doesn't emanate directly from the bell of the horn, it radiates out in all directions from the instrument in a more diffuse way. The saxophone was literally surrounded by a satellite array of mics for the sessions, and JIB's playing style was very well suited to the technique since she is always moving when playing. She recalls: "I've always been interested how sound changes when it moves and thedoppler-like effect that I create when I sweep the bell of the horn past the microphones really comes through vividly in surround-sound."Sixteen Sunsets will be submitted for consideration in the 2014 Grammy sound surround category.

Bloom has been developing her unique voice on the soprano sax for over 30 years. A six-time winner of the Jazz Journalists Award for Soprano Saxophone, winner of the Downbeat International Critics Poll for soprano sax,and recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim fellowship, her music is lyrical and provocative.