12 Stars: Vinyl LP3882781
Label: Blue Note
Release Date: 29th April
MATE! Is this the jazz record of the year? Am I getting myself overhyped on a first single? It's jazz afterall, this ain't a single genre, it's an album world, it's a sonic vision that builds over it's tracklisting. Anyway, this shopkeeper is PSYCHED to the gills over Santiago tenor sax Melissa Aldana's Blue Note debut and isn't it amazing to know Blue Note are still the jazz label?
For those who dig: the spiritual, the free, the golden era's of eclectic and freewheeling jazz of the 50s-60s-70s.
GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist and composer Melissa Aldana joins the Blue Note Records family with the release of 12 Stars, her debut album as a leader for the legendary label following her appearance on the acclaimed 2020 album by the collective ARTEMIS. The Brooklyn-based tenor player from Santiago, Chile has garnered international recognition for her visionary work as a band leader, as well as her deeply meditative interpretation of language and vocabulary. 12 Stars grapples with concepts of childrearing, familial forgiveness, acceptance, and self-love, and was inspired by her deep interest in tarot. The album was produced by guitarist Lage Lund, who also performs as part of a remarkable quintet with Sullivan Fortner on piano and Fender Rhodes, Kush Abadey on drums, and Pablo Menares on bass.