Jane Ira Bloom
looms as one of the most important soprano saxophonists in modern jazz. Armed with a distinctive tone and a proclivity to execute serpentine lines amid various tremolo and vibrato techniques, the artist also reaps the benefits of a topnotch rhythm section on this 2001 release. Throughout, drummer Bobby Previte
and bassist Mark Dresser
provide sympathetic yet quietly energetic support on this multifarious set, consisting of variegated swing motifs, subtle interludes, and exploratory themes. However, Bloom
's expressive phraseology, acute integration of memorable melodies with free jazz-style dialogue, and penchant for intertwining spirited lyricism with fiery passion provide an enticing contrast to pianist Vincent Bourgeyx' rhythmically charged chord progressions. Otherwise, Bloom
's tranquil yet hauntingly beautiful solo soprano saxophone performance on the standard "How Are Things in Glocca Morra" demonstrates her near flawless utilization of space and eloquent conveyance of heartfelt sentiment.