All About Jazz
Feb 18. 2020
Job’s Trials: A Jazz Song Cycle by bassist/composer, Dan Loomis is an evocative musical dive into an ancient, universal story exploring why bad things happen to good people. Job stands up for his truth and dares to hold God to account. Loomis brings his unique compositional voice and signature soulful bass-playing to a new jazz song cycle form developed to bring this story alive. The fullness of the album examines the most perplexing and powerful themes from the story: the ephemeral value of a virtuous life, the injustice of suffering, and the righteousness of rebellion.
This record, an ambitious step forward for Loomis, reaches into uncharted formal and sonic territory to create a novel and thought-provoking artistic experience. The unique ensemble bringing this album to life consists of two outlandishly soulful singers, Song Yi Jeon and Yoon Sun Choi; a visionary guitarist, Jeff Miles; and NYC’s favourite beast on the drums, Jared Schonig. The composer and bassist, Dan Loomis, uses a unique new format based on a classical song cycle recast using the passionate language of jazz, and amplified with theatrical narration. Each song presents an essential, thought- provoking theme from the Book of Job, setting music to original text. Stepping in for the role of narrator, linking the events from each song (and going through a transformative experience himself) is the character of Satan, played by Broadway star Daniel Breaker (Hamilton, Book of Mormon, Passing Strange). In both form and content this piece is truly unlike anything else in the jazz or classical cannon.