“SecondCycle” is Melissa Aldana’s new album. Followingthesuccess of “Free Fall” and the positive reviews of thistalentedsaxplayerby New York as well as internationalcritics, Melissa wentontowrite new compositions.
New York iswhere Melissa currentlylives and whereshe has enteredthis “SecondCycle” showingherpassionate, rushinglife. Melissa has developed a new way of dealingwithherinnermusic; she has created a new environmentwhereshefeelscomfortable, a new unpredictablejourneythatimmersesus in a new world of emotions, intricateharmoniesthat are transformedintoevocativemelodiesthroughMelissa’sdelicatehands.
In this new record we can find a new Melissa full of vitality. Herimprovisations show once againhergreattechnicalmastery of thesax, and her ideas are developedfluently, showcasinghergreatpersonality. Hervoiceonthe tenor saxophonearousesthecuriositytocontinuelisteningtotherest of the jazz piecesshe has composed. Gordon Au – trumpet, Joseph Lepore – bass, Ross Pederson – drumssupporteach and every single note blownby Melissa.
Recordedunder Greg Osby’slabelInnerCircleMusic (like Free Fall, her 2010 debut album), Melissa is “actuallyone of myfavoritesaxophonesontheplanetbecause of her single voice, herspecialquality and characteristics”, Greg affirms.
“SecondCycle” inspires math, conception, truth, and authenticitytothis new cycle in Melissa’s musical and personal life.
MELISSA ALDANA – SECOND CYCLE (Label: INCM 024CD)
2.- Meeting Them / Melissa Aldana
3.- Liquiescence / Gordon Au
4.- First Cycle / Melissa Aldana
5.- Second Cycle / Melissa Aldana
6.- Free Fall / Melissa Aldana
7.- My own world / Melissa Aldana
8.- Polyphemus / Gordon Au
9.- I’ll be seen you / Sammy Fain & Irving Kahal
10.- L-line / Melissa Aldana
Melissa Aldana lives through her tenor saxophone. It has become part of herself as a vital organ. With FREE FALL she has created an allegory of 9 chapters documenting her personal journey from her birth place Chile to Brooklyn, New York where she lives today.
“Free Fall” is a pure mix of jazz improvisation rooted deep in the tradition and compositions that are taking the music in a more modern direction. This amazing quartet is controlled by young and experienced hands alike. You can feel the air of New York clubs exhaled with a new spirit and virtue. Aldanacaptures Coleman, Rollins, Parker and Garzone reinvented and regenerated. It is an unpredictable journey through the emotions and intricate harmonies that are transformed into evocative melodies in the delicate hands of Melissa.
“Free Fall” is pure jazz, pure emotion. It is the wisdom of the classics mixed with the young innocence of this fresh new voice. It is the music of the street and of her journey over time in essence.
In this endeavor, Melissa has not been alone. She is accompanied by some of the great musicians of the American scene with drummer Ralph Peterson Jr. (Count Basie Orchestra, Branford Marsalis, Michael Brecker), bassist Lyles West (Dizzy Gillespie, Don Cherry, Clifford Jordan) and pianist Michael Palma (Wynton Marsalis, Chris Potter, Adonis Rose and Paquitod’Rivera). The project was recorded at the legendary Systems Two Studios, historical New York studio where Ravi Coltrane, John Coltrane’ son, donated the microphone that his father recorded the legendary “A Love Supreme”. Michael Marciano, owner of the studios, gave Melissa the honor to be able to have this unique piece for the recording.