Jane Ira Bloom: Ballad Vistas
Interview by Frank A. Matzner
Jane Ira Bloom’s career has been defined by experiment, whether exploring the outer reaches of space with NASA, the inner world of Jackson Pollock, or the technological cutting edge of telematics and surround sound. Her recent release Sixteen Sunsets combined the subtle artistry of ballad performance with the latest in surround sound techniques, resulting in a critically acclaimed, sumptuous collection.
All About Jazz: Your latest album Sixteen Sunsets has received a lot of attention. How did you decide to do an album of ballads?
Jane Ira Bloom: It had been percolating for awhile. On just about all the albums I’ve produced over the years I’ve always put one or two American song book standards that I connect with…