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Melissa Aldana

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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

Album

We’re Still Here

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: A Taste of Honey; Pleasingly Plump; Oyelo; Mr. Jones and Co; Bedouin; We’re Still Here / He’s Alright; Fête dans la tête; Mr. Gentle and Mr. Cool; RPM’s; Run with Jones; Cute; I Be Serious ‘Bout Dem Blues; The Art of War; Transitions.

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Article: Album Review

Charles Lloyd: Trios: Chapel

Read "Trios: Chapel" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Blue Note Records has a history of boasting strong stables of players. In the 1950s and 60s, we could look to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, trumpeter Lee Morgan, pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonist Wayne Shorter--and if ever there was an incomplete list compiled, that one is it. Time rolls on. Twenty years (or thereabouts) into ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Songs of Spring and More New Releases for April

Read "Songs of Spring and More New Releases for April" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from from Callum Au & Claire Martin, Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini with a special single of Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most from Sarah Moule and Simon Wallace in honor of the centennial of T.S. Eliot's poem The Wasteland, which was the song's inspiration, plus birthday shoutouts to ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Hermeto Pascoal, Somi, Leo Genovese, Melissa Aldana & More New Releases

Read "Hermeto Pascoal, Somi, Leo Genovese, Melissa Aldana & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Somi's tribute to Miriam Makeba and a previously unreleased wild live recording by Hermeto Pascoal bookend an episode replete with beautiful new albums, with a special focus on Latin America, Caribbean and European artists.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Somi “House of the Rising Sun" ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Spring Releases From Cecile McLorin Salvant, Roxy Coss, Elsa Nilsson and Celebrating Marian McPartland

Read "Spring Releases From Cecile McLorin Salvant, Roxy Coss, Elsa Nilsson and Celebrating Marian McPartland" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from saxophonist Roxy Coss, flutist Elsa Nilsson and vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant with birthday shoutouts to Deanna Witkowski, Nat King Cole, Berta Moreno, Eliane Elias, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mark Murphy and in the second hour a salute to Marian McPartland in celebration of her 104th birthday. Thanks for listening and please ...

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Article: Album Review

Melissa Aldana: 12 Stars

Read "12 Stars" reviewed by Chris May


Before we get into tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana's album--which is excellent, so hang on in there--a word about press releases and publicity campaigns. Specifically, those from Blue Note. The label's headquarters in Los Angeles is in danger of becoming known for award-winning b.s. in this regard, as demonstrated during the campaign for Aldana's label ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazz Gallery All-Stars at Tri-C

Read "Jazz Gallery All-Stars at Tri-C" reviewed by John Chacona


Jazz Gallery All-Stars Tri-C Auditorium Cleveland, OHMarch 6, 2022 What a difference a month makes. The Jazz Gallery All-Stars concert scheduled for February 3 at jny: Cleveland's Tri-C Auditorium was swept away when a winter storm driven by howling winds dumped 15 inches of snow on the city. A ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Alison Shearer, Quentin Angus, Chiara Izzi, The Grace Fox Big Band and More

Read "New Releases From Alison Shearer, Quentin Angus, Chiara Izzi, The Grace Fox Big Band and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from saxophonist Alison Shearer, guitarist Quentin Angus featuring Michael Mayo, the Grace Fox Big Band, vocalists Chiara Izzi, Angela Verbrugge and Carol Lipnik with birthday shoutouts to Bobby McFerrin, Billy Childs, Shirley Scott, Carole Bayer Sager, Keely Smith, Marilyn Harris, Nicki Parrott and Judy Niemack, among others. Thanks for listening and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Shirley Scott, McCoy Tyner, PUNKT.VRT.PLASTIK, Cecile McLorin Salvant and, well, much more

Read "Shirley Scott, McCoy Tyner, PUNKT.VRT.PLASTIK, Cecile McLorin Salvant and, well, much more" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a smokin' Shirley Scott side plus a tribute to McCoy Tyner. We'll spin tracks from modern jazz luminaries Ambrose Akinmusire, Kris Davis and Gerald Cleaver who are touring as Treefoil. Then, we'll hear arrangers Neal Hefti, Ralph Berns and Dizzy Gillespie in action, and finally new works from Cecile McLorin Salvant, Melissa Aldana, Punkt. ...


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