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Jane Ira Bloom's - Early Americans crackles with sustained fortitude / Audiophile Audition

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Soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom does something new on her latest album, the 52-minute Early Americans. On her 16th release as a leader, she strips the proceedings down to a trio format. The result is a dozen Bloom originals (and one Broadway standard) which crackle with sustained fortitude, snap with swing and groove, and pop out from the speakers or headphones with auditory aplomb. Bloom is joined by two longtime musical friends: bassist Mark Helias (who first collaborated with Bloom in the mid-70s) and drummer Bobby Previte (who has worked with Bloom for 15 years). It's not hard to imagine the simpatico synergy which filters through each tune, and listening confirms Bloom, Previte and Helias' uncanny communication.

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