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Is Melissa Aldana my favourite sax player....?

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Posted on February 17, 2018 at 02:33:29
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The more I listen the more I'm simply knocked out by her musicality and invention. What does she have to do to be more widely recognised?

She frequently makes me smile, and sometimes laugh out loud at the way she plays around with phrases and tonalities. All that and great tone too.

 

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RE: Is Melissa Aldana my favourite sax player....?, posted on February 17, 2018 at 05:27:01
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She is awesome. She has a new record with Jure Pukl our now called doubtless! On my to buy list!

 

Thanks for yet another intro for me via this forum. Very good player. nt, posted on February 19, 2018 at 12:38:27
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Didn't you know her already?, posted on February 19, 2018 at 14:26:30
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I'm mystified why Aldana hasn't become better known. I hope it's not that she isn't taken seriously because she's female? Not saying that has anything to do with this forum, but just a general speculation?

I think she's arguably as good as anyone playing today.

 

Nope, didn't know about her., posted on February 19, 2018 at 14:54:26
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I think people seriously into jazz aren't likely to dismiss female musicians, so I doubt that's a problem for her.

As good as anybody around nowadays? Wouldn't go that far, but she is a VERY fine player.

 

RE: Nope, didn't know about her., posted on February 19, 2018 at 15:11:16
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I bought her first cd about 6-7 years ago. She is a excellent. Won the monk competition!

 

RE: Nope, didn't know about her., posted on February 19, 2018 at 19:44:56
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I wouldn't go any where near that far. She has plenty of competition. There are lots of players out there young and old.

 

Yep. , posted on February 20, 2018 at 10:45:19
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Shorter, Bergonzi, Lovano, Garzone, David Sanchez, Redman, Walt Weiskopf, Liebman, Seamus Blake, Potter, Marcus Strickland, Ravi Coltrane, Adam Kolker, Mark Turner, Walter Smith III, Ted Nash (I've heard what he's capable of on tenor) -- just to mention a few tenor players around now.

We all have our own ears/preferences. Some may feel Aldana is equal to or even better than the tenor players I listed. I'm not there, at least not yet. But I'm happy to learn about an excellent player I was not hip to.


 

Seamus Blake, posted on February 20, 2018 at 17:04:51
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Winner of the T. Monk 2002 saxophone competition. For good reason.

 

I also won the Monk Competition., posted on February 21, 2018 at 07:35:51
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Adrian Monk.
I fiddled with my reed for 2 hours.
No one else came close...

 

RE: Seamus Blake, posted on February 21, 2018 at 08:16:38
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Melissa Aldana won the competition a couple of years ago..... I love Seamus Blake.... been a huge fan since he first came up with Chris Potter and Eric Alexander in the late 80's early 90's. I saw Seamus in '91 with Eddie Henderson....Eddie called him the double dick dog..... he loved him.

 

double dick dog- How is that a compliment? nt, posted on February 21, 2018 at 08:23:01
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RE: double dick dog- How is that a compliment? nt, posted on February 21, 2018 at 08:50:12
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I don't know. I had never heard the term before of since but Eddie Henderson was gushing over Seamus..... Maybe having two is better than having one! I had seen them at Visiones and then ran into Henderson that night at Bradleys with Gary Bartz. We were at the bar. A real treat to hear Eddie Henderson tell stories.

 

I'm sure that was fun! nt, posted on February 21, 2018 at 08:54:12
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RE: I'm sure that was fun! nt, posted on February 21, 2018 at 09:22:51
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Those were the good old days......

 

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