Summer is in full swing. Kids are running around with sticky popsicle stained fingers. People zum by on Easter egg colored beach crusiers. And we are at the Great 88, keep you updated on what’s new and spinning in the world of jazz. One artist, I think we should all keep our eyes out for is Berklee alum Melissa Aldana. This Chilean native debuts her killer sax skills on her album Melissa Aldana and the Crash Trio (Concord), which features Francisco Mela on drums and Pablo Menares on bass. The album is melodically rich and dense, but also touches on her Latin roots in just the right ways.
1 HELEN SUNG Anthem For A New Day Concord
2 AMY CERVINI Jazz Country Anzic
3 ARTURO O’FARRILL The Offense Of The Drum Motema
4 SNARKY PUPPY We Like It Here Ropeadope
5 BARBARA WEEN Detour Ahead
6 STEVE KHAN Subtext
7 CATERINA ZAPPONI Romantica
8 PATRICK BUTLER Primemover M.M.O.S.
9 BRIAN BLADE AND THE FELLOWSHIP BAND Landmarks Blue Note
10 LISA CASALINO I’m Old Fashioned Self-Released
1 PETER LERNER Continuation Origin
2 ELIO VILLAFRANCA AND THE JASS SYNCOPATORS Caribbean Tinge Motema
3 BOBBY SELVAGGIO Short Stories Origin
4 MELISSA ALDANA AND CRASH TRIO Melissa Aldana And Crash Trio Concord
5 CORY WEEDS As Of Now Cellar Live