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Jane Ira Bloom: Sixteen Sunsets

To the short list of jazz musicians who’ve done landmark work on soprano saxophone, Jane Ira Bloom’s name now must be added.

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Move over, John Coltrane, said Dan McClenaghan in AllAboutJazz.com. To the short list of jazz musicians who’ve done landmark work on soprano saxophone, Jane Ira Bloom’s name now must be added. The 59-year-old has often recorded experimental music across her long career, but her quartet work “shines the brightest,” so it’s a happy surprise to find her putting together a collection of ballads, most of them standards. Sixteen Sunsets might be Bloom’s “most compelling recording”; it’s “certainly her loveliest.” Throughout, Bloom “projects her tone as a round, silvery beam, warm and diffuse along the edges but pinpoint-clear at the center,” said Nate Chinen in The New York Times. At times, she adds a “shudder of vibrato that evokes some unfortunate associations: candlelight, cheese tray, chardonnay.” Don’t let those moments distract you from the album’s assets. Bloom and her band—drummer Matt Wilson, bassist Cameron Brown, and pianist Dominic Fallacaro—play with the “deep calm” of old compatriots.

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