CD Review: Jane Ira Bloom - Wingwalker
There is not a dull or cliché moment on Jane Ira Bloom 14th album, Wingwalker. Her sound has been described as futuristic and certainly there is some of that futuristic sound on tracks like "Frontiers in Space" and " Live Sports." But most of all, Jane Ira Bloom is a master composer and musician with a truly unique sound. All compositions on Wingwalker are by Jane Ira Bloom except "I could have danced all night"
Even though there are brilliant moments of improvisations all over the album; the emphasis on Wingwalker is in the beauty of Jane Ira Bloom compositions. Each composition have plenty of harmonic surprises, syncopations, tempo changes and richly, inventive solos by Dawn Clement on piano and Jane Ira Bloom on soprano saxophone. Mark Helias on bass and Bobby Previte on drums provide an excellent rhythm background to Jane Ira Bloom melodies and both of them swing hard on "Airspace," "Life on Cloud 8" and "Rookie."
Jane Ira Bloom always plays with the conviction and energy of a seasoned musician but her tone can also be warm and welcoming, like in the almost lullaby track "Her Exacting Light," the ballads "Adjusting to Midnight," "Wingwalker" and the sax solo piece "I Could Have Danced All Night." The effective use of dissonance and space, and even Dawn Clement piano improvisations and chords on "Freud's Convertible," "Frontiers in Science" and "Rookie" echo the sound of the great Thelonious Monk.
Wingwalker proves once again why Jane Ira Bloom is one of the most original and creative saxophone players in jazz today.