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Early Americans. Another remarkable set from Jane Ira Bloom / Jazz Views

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This is another remarkable set from soprano maestro, Jane Ira Bloom, and even a departure for the saxophonist herself being her first trio album, and thus abandoning (temporarily at least) the quartet format in which she has made her home in recent years. Stepping away from having a chordal instrument as a harmonic crutch is often a leap of faith for many musicians, but as a specialist in the treacherously pitched soprano saxophone, you are not only confronting your own skills and intuition as an improviser but also, as the only lead voice and main soloist  having to dispel the preconceptions of others as to the wisdom of such a move.

If any of the above entered Bloom's thought processes when contemplating this recording, then she certainly does not let it show. Her playing is as flawless as one has come to expect and once again she has produced music of great individuality and originality that could belong to no one else. With the somewhat small and limited legacy of fellow soprano specialist, she is beholden to no one and fearless in the way she exerts her own authority and personality upon this difficult instrument.

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