Jul 222020

a couple of shows by melissa aldana, first with aaron diehl in switzerland in 2017 and then leading her quartet in berlin in 2019, each shared by unclewolfi some months after the shows.  i found these to be a bit somber & meditative, and am not sure which of them i prefer.  very different groups – duo with a pianist vs a quartet with a guitarist, and one is covers while the other is mostly originals.  i don’t really have to pick, though, and they also worked quite well together as companion pieces.    melissa aldana has a new cd out recently, btw, with the artwork by cécile mclorin salvant (who only seems to perform with aaron diehl, or is that just the shows that i’ve heard).  one imagines a cozy group of artists having fun working together, sounds nice.  and what might be nice too: a concert by aldana, diehl and salvant?

melissa aldana & aaron diehl
jazz festival
marian’s jazzroom
bern, switzerland
03.may 2017

melissa aldana – ts
aaron diehl – p

01. canadian sunset (heywood) 09:12
02. unrequited (mehldau) 04:55
03. never let me go (livingston) 07:32
04. one for prez (gray) 03:55
05. four in one (monk) 06:00
06. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered (rodgers/hart) 07:03
07. room 608 (silver) 04:05


source: dvb-s > techno trend tt-premium s2-6400 twin hd > hdd > nero wave editor > flac
(mpeg1 layer 2/256 kbps) [radio station – srf 2]

sample: t05 four in one 06-00.mp3
download: MelissaAldana_AaronDiehl_2017-05-03_MariansJazzroom_BernCH.zip

melissa aldana quartet
jazzclub a-trane
berlin, germany
02. nov 2019

melissa aldana – ts
lage lund – g
pablo menares – b
kush abadey – dr

01. visions (melissa aldana) 12:45
02. elsewhere (melissa aldana) 11:25
03. ray ray (lage lund) 12:23
04. acceptance (melissa aldana) 08:17
05. the bluest eye (melissa aldana) 11:25
06. polkadots and moonbeans (bruke/van heusen) 11:52
07. appearances (melissa aldana) 11:29
08. el castillo de velenje (melissa aldana) 05:38


source: dvb-s > digital devices cine s2 v7a twin tuner > hdd > nero wave editor > flac
(mpeg1 layer 2/320 kbps) [radio station – sr2]

sample: t05 the bluest eye 11-25.mp3
download: MelissaAldana_2019-11-02_ATrane_BerlinGermany.zip