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Melissa Aldana

On her first jazz quartet "Visions", award-winning saxophonist Melissa Aldana connects her work to the legacy of Latina artists who have come before her, creating a pathway for her own expression. Inspired by the life and works of Frida Kahlo, Aldana creates a parallel between her experiences as a female saxophone player in a male-dominated community, and Kahlo’s experiences as a female visual artist working to assert herself in a landscape dominated by men. On her first jazz quartet recording, Aldana adds a new dimension to her sound, resulting in a transformative movement of expression and self-identity

Future Stride

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Symphony Raps; Reflections at Dusk; Toast To Lo; Future Stride; Second Time Around; Dardanella; You Already Know; Pitter Panther Patter; My Heart Stood Still; Little Angel.

Artemis

Label: Blue Note
Released: 2020
Track listing: Goddess Of The Hunt; Frida; The Fool On The Hill; Big Top; If It's Magic; Nocturno; Step Forward; Cry Buttercup Cry; The Sidewinder.

Balance Point

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Mother's Song; Blessed Son, Mr. Weston; Balance Point; Ascent; G-Yokoso; Had It Happened; A Fine Line Between; Like Water; Prelude To A Kiss; Fulcrum; The Path Of The Gods; Homage; Lament For The Fallen

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Take Five with Denin Koch

Read "Take Five with Denin Koch" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Denin Koch Hailed as possessing “pristine playing, meticulous composing" and “a very personal voice deserving of attention," guitarist and composer Denin Koch has synthesized his wide and varied influences into a unique approach to jazz improvisation. He has performed with Arturo Sandoval, Pat Metheny, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Dee Daniels, Ryan Keberle, and ...

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Melissa Aldana: Visiones de una verdadera artista

Read "Melissa Aldana: Visiones de una verdadera artista" reviewed by Patricia López

La galardonada Melissa Aldana es la saxofonista más joven de su familia. Nacida en Santiago, Chile, comenzó a tocar el saxofón cuando tenía seis años. Con una importante influencia de su abuelo y las enseñanzas de su padre Marcos Aldana, empezó a estudiar saxofón alto. Pero después de escuchar a Sonny Rollins, su corazón se identificó ...

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New albums from Art Hirahara, Krzysia Górniak and Kate Amrine

Read "New albums from Art Hirahara, Krzysia Górniak and Kate Amrine" reviewed by Bob Osborne

There are excellent newly released albums on this week's show from guitarist Krzysia Górniak and trumpeter Kate Amrine. I am also featuring the fantastic new release from pianist Art Hirahara and music from other projects by the artists involved with that album. In between some archive cuts with classic jazz from across the years. ...

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La Lucha: Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Read "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist John C. O'Leary III, bassist Alejandro Arenas and drummer Mark Feinman, fast friends since they first met at the University of South Florida in 2006, draw on very different backgrounds and myriad sources when performing together as La Lucha. Whether digging into the Great American Songbook, exploring material from pop and classic rock radio, tapping ...

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A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 3

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 3" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The suggestions from musicians eager to share, in these trying times, the music they turn to when they need to uplift or sooth their souls keep pouring in. Here's the third volume of this immuno-booster jazz mix-tape series, featuring a compelling mix of jazz masters, contemporary jazz guitar heroes, latin tinge, soul and new gospel.

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Melissa Aldana: Visions

Read "Visions" reviewed by Serena Antinucci

L'ultimo progetto della sassofonista cilena Melissa Aldana, governato da invasioni e tensioni musicali, è il ritratto schietto della vita nel suo continuo divenire, fatto di stacchi improvvisi, passi indietro e sguardi critici sulla realtà. In Visions (Motéma Music, 2019) ci sono architetture sonore difficili da verbalizzare e, a volte, le parole scompaiono timidamente sommerse dai suoni. ...


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