“Second Cycle” is Melissa Aldana’s new album. Following the success of “Free Fall” and the positive reviews of this talented sax player by New York as well as international critics, Melissa went on to write new compositions.
New York is where Melissa currently lives and where she has entered this “Second Cycle” showing her passionate, rushing life. Melissa has developed a new way of dealing with her inner music; she has created a new environment where she feels comfortable, a new unpredictable journey that immerses us in a new world of emotions, intricate harmonies that are transformed into evocative melodies through Melissa’s delicate hands.
In this new record we can find a new Melissa full of vitality. Her improvisations show once again her great technical mastery of the sax, and her ideas are developed fluently, showcasing her great personality. Her voice on the tenor saxophone arouses the curiosity to continue listening to the rest of the jazz pieces she has composed. Gordon Au – trumpet, Joseph Lepore – bass, Ross Pederson – drums support each and every single note blown by Melissa.
Recorded under Greg Osby’s label Inner Circle Music (like Free Fall, her 2010 debut album), Melissa is “actually one of my favorite saxophones on the planet because of her single voice, her special quality and characteristics”, Greg affirms.
“Second Cycle” inspires math, conception, truth, and authenticity to this new cycle in Melissa’s musical and personal life.