Slalom (album)

Slalom is a studio album by American jazz saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom. The album was released in 1988 by Columbia label.[2][3] Koch Jazz re-released the album in 1996. In the liner notes Bloom mentioned, "On this Compact Disc I tried to create a setting where the line between composed material and improvisation would disappear, so that simply the playing would come through. At the sessions, part of the challenge for a player was finding a creative edge on a number of pieces that weave in and out of the jazz tradition. Part of the challenge for our group was making it all flow."

Slalom
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Studio album by
Released1988
RecordedJune 6–9, 1988
StudioRCA Studio A, NYC
GenreJazz
Length46:36
LabelColumbia Records
ProducerJane Ira Bloom
Jane Ira Bloom chronology
Modern Drama
(1987)
Slalom
(1988)
Art and Aviation
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

ReceptionEdit

Scott Yanow of AllMusic stated, "Jane Ira Bloom is teamed with pianist Fred Hersch in a quartet that explores a variety of melodic material in unexpected ways. Bloom, one of the top soprano saxophonists around and a creative user of electronics, has a fairly original tone and her improvisations are consistently full of surprises."[1] A reviewer of The Crisis wrote, "Simplicity is her strong suit. The sound which she calls "jazz without a safety net" is so pleasant and comfortable that even non-jazz lovers are warming to it."[4]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Jane Ira Bloom except track 2 written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and track 7 written by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin..

No.TitleLength
1."Mighty Lights"4:51
2."Gershwin's Skyline / I Loves You Porgy"5:28
3."Blues on Mars"4:02
4."Slalom"4:25
5."Ice Dancing (For Torvill and Dean)"3:34
6."Drums Like Dancing"4:41
7."If I Should Lose You"3:45
8."Light Years Away"4:19
9."Painting Over Paris"4:58
10."Miro"4:31
11."Mighty Lights II"1:58
Total length:46:36

PersonnelEdit

  • Jane Ira Bloom – soprano saxophone
  • Kent McLagan – double bass, electric bass
  • Tom Rainey – drums, percussion
  • Fred Hersch – piano

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Slalom - Jane Ira Bloom | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  2. ^ Gourse, Leslie (1996). Madame Jazz: Contemporary Women Instrumentalists. Oxford University Press. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-19-535555-0. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  3. ^ Lock, Graham; Murray, David (2009). The Hearing Eye: Jazz & Blues Influences in African American Visual Art. Oxford University Press. p. 354. ISBN 978-0-19-988767-5. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Music". The Crisis. The Crisis Publishing Company, Inc.: 11 February 1989. Retrieved 22 July 2020.

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