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Melissa Al­dana & Crash Trio Con­cord Chilean sax­o­phon­ist Melissa Al­dana, who counts sax leg­ends Ge­orge Cole­man and Greg Osby among her men­tors, is both the first woman and the first South Amer­i­can to win the pres­ti­gious Th­elo­nious Monk In­ter­na­tional Jazz Sax­o­phone Com­pe­ti­tion. So much is ex­pected of the 26-yearold. Al­dana’s third re­lease, a trio record­ing with fel­low Chilean Pablo Menares on bass and Cuban Fran­cisco Mela on drums, em­phat­i­cally de­liv­ers on ex­pec­ta­tion. One might ex­pect a Span­ish tinge with three Latin Amer­i­cans, but in fact this is a clas­sic blow­ing ses­sion from the heart of the jazz tra­di­tion. The al­bum re­calls most ob­vi­ously Sonny Rollins’s cel­e­brated trio record­ings of the late 1950s and early 1960s, but with more con­tem­po­rary echoes of Joe Lo­vano, Steve Cole­man and Mark Turner thrown in. melis­saal­dana. com

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