Award winning soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom has a new album on an old label. After thirty years Jane has returned to her original LP label that she began when she first started her career in New Haven, CT - Outline Records. Her electro-acoustic band brings together fellow 70's New Havenite Mark Helias on bass, drummer Matt Wilson, and Seattle new comer Dawn Clement on keyboards for Bloom's 13th and most recent recording. The band recorded Mental Weather after premiering the piece in NYC with the support of the Chamber Music America/Doris Duke new jazz works program. Then Bloom brought the band into Avatar Studio B with audio engineering legend Jim Anderson for two days in June and laid down nine thrilling tracks, from the exquisite ballad A More Beautiful Question" to the kinetic romp of Electrochemistry" to her signature solo performance of Richard Rodger's classic This Nearly Was Mine." The CD also features an mp3 downloadable version of the music played as one continuous set the way the band performs in concert.
Jane Ira Bloom is a pioneer in the use of live electronics and movement in jazz as well as the possessor of one of the most gorgeous tones and hauntingly lyrical ballad conceptions of any soprano saxophonist - Pulse." She's the winner of the 2007 Mary Lou Williams Jazz Award and the prestigious Guggenheim fellowship. She's the first NASA commissioned musician and has an asteroid named in her honor. She writes music inspired by outer and now inner space.
There is no one else like her and that description is hard to come by. Ellington used to call it beyond category" --Nat Hentoff
45 minutes of dazzling sleight-of-hand magic. Bloom is a jazz wizard" --George Kanzler
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