A lot of jazz listeners I think will find this reassuring in a tradition in transition kind of way.

Aldana sounds like a classic saxophonist, maybe emerging from a Sonny Rollins or Joe Henderson type space and landing not far away from the sort of records Joshua Redman makes these days. 

This Frida Kahlo-inspired quartet album is mature sounding and absorbing, pianist Sam Harris, bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Tommy Crane giving a bustling momentum to the cleverly constructed tunes, while new Blue Note signing Joel Ross on vibes adds a modernistic additional harmonic front as welcome embellishment.

On ‘Never Let Me Go’ Aldana shows how intuitive a player she is on a classic ballad and it is one of the most appealing aspects of an album that is full of interesting composition and imaginative playing.