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Mental Weather Box set, Single, Double CD, DualDisc, Enhanced, Hybrid SACD, Ringle, SACD, Soundtrack

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Bloom is a jazz wizard or conjurer. Her Mental Weather (Outline) is a CD that contains two complete versions of the same material. The first version presents nine discrete tracks, while the second, MP3 version, presents a trackless continuum with the selections from the first version in a jumbled, or different order, more like we perform the music live; according to Bloom. That MP3 version captures the constant flux and kaleidoscope, cat's cradle nature of the shifting rhythms, times and quicksilver moods of the pieces that make up Mental Weather. Bloom is that rare soprano sax player whose tone is clear and lustrous without being cloying. On A More Beautiful Question and & Cello on the Inside she attains the purity of folk melody and, on the latter, a keening, sighing vocal tone. At other times she adds live electronic effects to thicken or multiply her sound and toss it around like a lure at the end of a fly fishing line. She's a wizard conjuring up gossamer effects and elastic moods. To create this mutable music requires a quartet with pliable, nimble reflexes and in Dawn Clement, piano and Fender Rhodes; Mark Helias, bass; and Matt Wilson, drums and percussion, Bloom has the ideal band to realize her music. Catch how they accelerate and slow down time and change up rhythm on Ready For Anything. Helias moving from bright plucking to drone-like bowing and back: Wilson matching solo emotions with tinkles and splashes; Clement racing along in unison with soprano sax. Bloom is like a magician constantly changing perceptions of what we're hearing by shifting the perspective from duets to solo breaks to quartet canons to clashing trios. The tracked version allows the listener some reflection, but the MP3 continuous version is more fun, like 45 minutes of dazzling slight-of-hand magic. --George Kanzler/ Hothouse

Jane Ira Bloom,Mental Weather (Outline). Jane Ira Bloom's tone on soprano saxophone especially on ballads is as heart-rending as any sound in current jazz. Now 53, she s always been just as forward- looking as she is hauntingly expressive. There is much evidence here of her inventive use of electronics, as well as an entire downloadable MP3 version of the music as well as the disc. The accompanying group is an attractive blend of Bloom familiars and one new voice in the quartet, Seattle pianist Dawn Clement. The bassist is Mark Helias and the drummer is Matt Wilson, two musicians among the many (including Bobby Previte and her all-time greatest collaborator, pianist Fred Hersch) who understand all destinations in Bloom's musical universe, from cosmic abstraction to the solo soul-aria of Richard Rodgers This Nearly Was Mine. There are no bad Jane Ira Bloom records. She s a national treasure. One way or another, every new disc of hers proves it. 3 1/2 stars. --Jeff Simon/ The Buffalo News

Jane Ira Bloom's consistently high art and depth-of-field viewpoint in jazz has been evident since the beginning of her substantive career. She's recorded for major and secondary labels, been a crafter of music for NASA, and led her own original modern jazz groups for four decades. With this new release, she returns to her roots, in a way, for the Outline label, where her first albums were produced and distributed. But her music has advanced to a point where it is so distinctive, and you know you are hearing the soprano sax and live electronics of Jane Ira Bloom in the first few notes. This quartet session teams her with the vaunted and tasteful drummer Matt Wilson, longtime bandmate, bassist Mark Helias, and newcomer pianist Dawn Clement. As usual the music is quicksilver elusive, harmonically rich and prescient beyond the jazz realm. Improvisational sculpting is more Bloom's forté than simple song structures. You will hear dynamism personified in the chiming tiny bell inferences and incredible interplay by all four instrumentalists on Ready for Anything, and the swirling discourse similar to a driving rain shower and upper atmosphere imagery of cloud movement during the live electronics underscoring the title track. Bloom is a soulful, futuristic romantic at heart as demonstrated on her solo medley take of First Thoughts/This Nearly Was Mine, and supple, serene, ultra-patient ,A More Beautiful Question, pieces which bookend the CD. At her most animated and forceful is Electrochemistry, which invokes the spirit of John Coltrane with stop-start introductory phrases leading to bop laden, bird-like overtones. A hip, repeated harmonic line by Helias sets up Multiple Choice, with popping and hard bopping drumming from the delightful Wilson accented by some reggae inferences. Clement is an interesting player, not without her own charm, depth, and empathy for Bloom's concept. This is a complete and wonderful recording from start to finish, track-to-track, and continues to proffer the notion that Jane Ira Bloom is at the peak of her formative powers. It's a project that cannot come more highly recommended. [There is an embedded MP3 file, which more fully represents these pieces in modified arrangement to signify how they are presented in continuous live performance.] --Michael G. Nastos/ All Music Guide

Product details

  • Audio CD (30 January 2008)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Language: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Russian, Ukrainian, Chinese, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali, Korean
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set, Single, Double CD, DualDisc, Enhanced, Hybrid SACD, Ringle, SACD, Soundtrack
  • Label: Outline
  • ASIN: B0011ZRF1K
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