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Chasing Paint, (subtitled Jane Ira Bloom Meets Jackson Pollock), is an album by saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom which was recorded in 2002 and released on the Arabesque label the following year.[1][2][3]

Chasing Paint
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 4, 2003
RecordedApril 14 and May 3, 2002
StudioThe Studio, NYC
ProducerJane Ira Bloom
Jane Ira Bloom chronology
Sometimes the Magic
Chasing Paint
Like Silver, Like Song


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [4]

The AllMusic review by David Dupont said "With Chasing Paint, Jane Ira Bloom offers a follow-up to her well-received Red Quartets session of 1999. Returning with the same cast, Bloom offers a sound portrait of abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock. True to her own muse, Bloom's portrait, while abstract, is impressionistic rather than expressionistic. ... With Chasing Paint, Bloom creates a series of complementary pieces that have the coherence and sweep of an extended work".[4]

On All About Jazz, Franz A. Matzner stated "Jane Ira Bloom's experimental homage Chasing Paint was both immediately fascinating and disturbing ... what Bloom has attempted is a translation into sound of Pollack's [sic] transmutation of sound into color and movement. The result is a series of dense, explorative compositions, the faultless execution of which delineates the thoroughly progressive and acutely perspicacious nature of Bloom’s writing",[5]

In JazzTimes, Nate Chinen wrote "the album conveys a meticulous air even as it heeds jazz’s freer impulses. Bloom’s soprano saxophone is characteristically fleet and full-toned, capturing all the angular caprice of a brush on canvas ... At times, Bloom’s trademark electronic effects manage to evoke a drip painting’s network of color and line. Yet even at its most elliptical, this album remains wholly approachable. Like a Pollock canvas, it needn’t be explained to be understood".[6]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Jane Ira Bloom except where noted

  1. "Unexpected Light" – 8:34
  2. "Chasing Paint" – 7:12
  3. "The Sweetest Sounds" (Richard Rodgers) – 3:24
  4. "On Seeing JP" – 4:54
  5. "Many Wonders" – 6:39
  6. "Jackson Pollock" – 2:54
  7. "Alchemy" – 8:24
  8. "Reflections of the Big Dipper" – 4:09
  9. "White Light" – 4:28



  1. ^ Jazzlists: Arabesque Jazz discography accessed May 22, 2018
  2. ^ Jazzdisco: Jane Ira Bloom discography accessed May 22, 2018
  3. ^ recordings accessed May 22, 2018
  4. ^ a b Dupont, David. Jane Ira Bloom: Chasing Paint – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Matzner, F. A. All About Jazz Review, accessed May 22, 2018
  6. ^ Chinen, N. JazzTimes Review, accessed May 22, 2018