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Pianist Mara Rosenbloom Introduces ‘Prairie Burn’ in the Heart of New York at Jazz Gallery

Jazz Gallery

1160 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

A Wisconsin native who calls New York home, pianist Mara Rosenbloom has delivered a remarkable, improvisation-fueled recording that harks back to her prairie upbringing. The heartbeat of Prairie Burn (Fresh Sound/New Talent) is the four-part “Prairie Burn Set” with her trio mates, bassist Sean Conly and drummer Chad Taylor.The piece opens with a vibrant ode to red-winged blackbirds, followed by the stormy tune “Turbulence” with Rosenbloom dancing across the keys with an off-kilter whirl, the hurried and harried “Work!” and concluding with the sober melody “Songs From the Ground” where Rosenbloom reflects and celebrates in a quiet, ruminative way. Of the suite, Rosenbloom says, “I tried to compose a habitat: a series of pieces we could move through without stops, ideas that could grow side by side, or crowded one over another, a cycle in motion.” The special treat on the new album is Rosenbloom’s brilliant solo piano interpretation of blues icon John Lee Hooker’s “I Rolled and I Tumbled.” Joyful and deep sorrow all at once in Hook’s sweet way. He would have been proud of Rosenbloom. The new recording is celebrated at The Jazz Gallery, giving the pianist important exposure. —Dan Ouellette


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