March release for Melissa Aldana Blue Note tarot-inspired album 12 Stars

After signing to Blue Note Records New York-based Chile-born saxophonist Melissa Aldana is to release in March the Lage Lund-produced tarot card-inspired 12 Stars (the title referencing the Empress' crown in tarot) with a band on the recording who …

Published: 12 Jan 2022. Updated: 16 days.

After signing to Blue Note Records New York-based Chile-born saxophonist Melissa Aldana is to release in March the Lage Lund-produced tarot card-inspired 12 Stars (the title referencing the Empress' crown in tarot) with a band on the recording who comprise guitarist Lund, keyboardist Sullivan Fortner, bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Kush Abadey. 12 Stars features Aldana originals, some co-written with Lage, Aldana commenting via the label: ''I took the lockdown as an opportunity to learn more about myself through the process of learning tarot, whose focus is the journey of an individual. As I studied the cards, I started writing music about each of them, individually. And I found that the process described on the tarot is a process that we all deal with somehow throughout our journey here on earth.'' Aldana's touring coming up includes the Jazzahead expo in Germany at the end of April. 'Falling', with an absorbing feel that goes out after a while (Aldana navigating territory not unfamiliar to the approach of Joshua Redman) from the album is streaming.

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Vibist Khan Jamal has died

WBGO have reported the death in a Philadelphian hospital from kidney failure of vibist Khan Jamal who was 75. Jamal had a recording career that stretched back to the 1970s and was known for his free-jazz and spiritual-jazz style. He co-founded …

Published: 12 Jan 2022. Updated: 16 days.

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WBGO have reported the death in a Philadelphian hospital from kidney failure of vibist Khan Jamal who was 75. Jamal had a recording career that stretched back to the 1970s and was known for his free-jazz and spiritual-jazz style. He co-founded Sounds of Liberation with Byard Lancaster and was a member of Sunny Murray's group Untouchable Factor. Labels he recorded for included Steeplechase, Storyville, CIMP and Stash.