Jane Ira Bloom’s Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickenson – Audiophile Edition in Stereo & Multichannel DSD & DXD!
The Grammy-winning team of saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom & audio engineer Jim Anderson brings Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson to Stereo and Multichannel DSD and DXD. This new audiophile edition showcases Bloom’s jazz quartet’s interpretation of Dickinson’s poetry and includes an additional version for Jazz quartet and spoken word featuring readings by popular stage & film actor Deborah Rush.
Bloom performs with her acclaimed quartet in dialogue with poetry in her first foray into music and text in high-resolution audio. Her sound is like no other on the Soprano Saxophone and she lets it fly with long-time bandmates Dawn Clement (piano), Mark Helias (bass) & Bobby Previte (drums).
Adding the Emily Dickinson narrative to the ensemble is acclaimed actor Deborah Rush. Bloom composed Wild Lines when she was awarded a CMA/Doris Duke New Jazz Works commission. Bloom was inspired to musically reimagine Dickinson when she learned that the poet was a pianist and improviser herself, reconfirming what she’d always felt in the jazz-like quality of Dickinson’s phrasing.
“I didn’t always understand her but I always felt Emily’s use of words mirrored the way a jazz musician uses notes.” Wild Lines’ premiere at the poet’s home in Amherst, MA was followed by performances at the Kennedy Center and the NYPL for the Performing Arts. The ensemble then headed into Avatar Studios to record in surround-sound with renowned audio engineer Jim Anderson. The audio production team of Jim Anderson & Ulrike Schwarz mixed the surround sound project at Skywalker Studios and then tapped legendary mastering engineer Bob Ludwig of Gateway Mastering to put on the finishing touches.
The album features fourteen Bloom originals inspired by fragments of Dickinson poetry and prose mined from both her collected works and envelope poems “The Gorgeous Nothings.” The album closes with a solo rendition of an American classic, Rodgers & Hart’s ”It’s Easy to Remember.” This time the 21st-century soprano saxophonist reimagines the poetry of 19th-century visionary Emily Dickinson in a high-resolution audio setting with the Anderson Audio team of Ulrike Schwarz and Jim Anderson.
Wild Lines/Improvising Emily Dickinson Audiophile Edition is a sound you’ve never heard before and illuminates why jazz critic Brian Priestly called Jane Ira Bloom “the poet of the soprano saxophone.”
Read a story about listening to surround sound written by Jane Ira Bloom in our Blog.
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Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Avatar Studios, Studio B, New York City
Jane Ira Bloom and Jim Anderson
Jim Anderson, Nate Odden (Assistant Engineer)
Bob Ludwig (DXD), Tom Caulfield (DSD)
Brauner, Neumann, B&K, Sanken, Sennheiser
Horus, Merging Technologies
Gateway Mastering in Portland, Maine and NativeDSD Mastering Lab in Marshfield, MA
|Mixing Studio (Surround)||
Mixed at Skywalker Sound, a Lucasfilm, Ltd. company, Marin County, CA
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|Original Recording Format|
|5.1 Surround Engineers||
Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwarz
Chamber Music America’s 2015 New Jazz Works Program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
|Mixing Studio (Stereo)||
Avatar Studios, New York City
|Release Date||August 8, 2020|
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