Genre: Jazz
Label: Blue Note
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


Melissa Aldana 12 Stars LP

Melissa Aldana

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Grammy-Nominated Saxophonist's Blue Note Debut on Vinyl LP!

2023 Grammy Award Nominee:
• Best Improvised Jazz Solo: "Falling"

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 bandleader, 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.

Melissa Aldana's nuanced and superbly executed 2022 album 12 Stars feels like a new beginning for the tenor saxophonist....Aldana and Lund are a magical team, often playing melodies in tandem. On the opening 'Falling,' Lund bathes Aldana in sparkling, otherworldly drones, her warm shooting-star sax refracting off the hull of his alien spaceship guitar....There's a warm, cocoon-like quality to Aldana's compositions as she envelops herself and her audience in shimmering tonal cascades. She's also mutable, with a tone that's water pure one minute before rising to a high-pitched squelch the next, à la Wayne Shorter...With 12 Stars, Aldana puts all of her colorful sonic and emotional textures on display.
-Matt Collar,, 4.5/5 stars (The AllMusic 2022 Year in Review - Best of 2022)


  • Vinyl LP


Melissa Aldana tenor sax
Lage Lund guitar
Sullivan Fortner piano, Fender Rhodes
Pablo Menares bass
Kush Abadey drums


Side A:

  1. Falling
  2. Intuition
  3. Intro To Emilia
  4. Emilia

Side B:

  1. The Bluest Eye
  2. The Fool
  3. Los Ojos de Chile
  4. 12 Stars

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