Jane Ira Bloom and Mark Helias Release “Some Kind of Tomorrow”
The Covid-19 pandemic has been hard on music all around, but it has made things nearly impossible for musicians who improvise. Saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and bassist Mark Helias had played together for years and suddenly could not create together. However, they had resolve to continue their craft. The result is a new album called Some Kind of Tomorrow.
“Here are the improvised duets that bassist Mark Helias and I created in the spring, summer, and fall of 2020 on the internet,” Bloom writes. “The thought of a world without a live, spontaneous musical connection was too hard to imagine and so we came to these sessions over the internet with an emotional thirst that’s hard to describe. The music is discovered in the moment in a way that I’ve never recorded before. The sound is filled with everything that we felt and couldn’t say in words.”
The beautiful collection of duets has such a fluid sound and feel that you quickly forget the technical backstory. Both players are so in tune with each other and sensitive listeners that nothing is lost in translation.
“Once we made peace with the situation and the medium, listening, feeling, hearing, and responding was the same as it ever was,” Helias says. Without a live audience, we decided to complete the circle by documenting our efforts through recordings that we are now sharing with the public. This process has been enlivening in ways that I had not anticipated.”
Some Kind of Tomorrow is available now via Bandcamp.
Some Kind of Tomorrow Track List:
- Some Kind of Tomorrow
- Magic Carpet
- Early Rites
- Traveling Deep
- Roughing It
- Far Satellites
- Pros and Cons
- Star Talk
- First Canvas