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Song of the Day: Alison Shearer – Celestial

New York-based saxophonist and composer Alison Shearer has announced her debut LP, View From Above, alongside the release of the lead single Celestial.

Alison Shearer’s debut album makes a statement. A statement about loss, and struggle, and the restorative power of music. Written soon after the passing of her father, famed photojournalist John ShearerView From Above transports the listener to that liminal space between sky and earth, where the light shimmers and mundane matters seem small and far away.

Celestial is an ode to the divine inspiration I felt while composing the music for this project. The song plays with superimposed time signatures, and the jagged rhythmic edges evoke an almost kaleidoscopic feel. Simple melody lines are passed around between instruments, and the whole song has a lightness to it that is refreshing. This was my favorite tune to compose on the album and it came to me in a flood of inspiration over a period of about 48 hours. Magic!, says Alison.


Listen to Alison Shearer  new single Celestial, from her forthcoming debut album View From Above:

In 2015 Alison decided to start her own group—a fusion quartet featuring her own compositions, performance, and leadership. Four years in—after refining her sound through key gigs with the quartet and as a side musician with artists as disparate as rappers Big Daddy Kane and Pharoahe Monch, indie songwriter Ana Egge, jazz trumpeter Wayne Tucker (Dizzy’s), and drummer Sunny Jain (with his bhangra band, Red Baraat)—Alison knew it was time to step out as a recording artist under her own name. The death of her father to cancer in 2019 only heightened her desire to create—as a musician with a striking, distinctive voice.

Losing my dad almost killed me, Alison admits. But out of that pain came this beautiful album.



Watch below Alison Shearer  new single Celestial, from her forthcoming debut album View From Above:

Other wicked songs and projects worth checking this week:


Elusive - Delicate Beauty

Scrimshire, Miryam Solomon - Heron - Radio Edit

FKAjazz - No Lonely Nights

Makaya McCraven - Ecaroh

Myele Manzanza - Peaks & Ferns

Jimi Tenor, UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra - Jyrkänteellä

Ilmiliekki Quartet - Follow the Damn Breadcrumbs

Bodo Maier - Roadrunner

Tomasz Dąbrowski, The Individual Beings - Troll

Alfa Mist - First Light

Aldorande - La promesse au soleil

The Kahil El'Zabar Quartet - Eddie Harris

Unc D - traditional phobia

Redtenbacher's Funkestra, Horn House - Old Blood

MED, Blu, Madlib, Anderson .Paak - The Strip

Thiago França - Bodiado

MEUTE - Expanse

Triorität, Noa Erni - The Mental Traveller Theme - Triorität Session

Atjazz, Mark de Clive-Lowe - Awake We Stay

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble - Step Down

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