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Jane Ira Bloom - Early Americans / JAZZ VIEWS review

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With her new album, Early Americans, soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom has taken a leap of faith and once again pushed at the boundaries of her already considerable achievements. Not content to sit back on her laurels, she is a restless explorer on her instrument and chosen idiom, and always looking for new contexts in which to place her individual and instantly identifiable saxophone sound. Coupled with her idiosyncratic compositions and impeccable choice of musical sparring partners Bloom's music is never less than absorbing and full of movement, as is the saxophonist herself as she twist and turns her body with the music, restlessly searching for the point in time when performance, composition and interaction become blurred into that perfect moment when nothing else exists except the purity of the collective creative process.