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Aldana has a dry but limpid sound on tenor and an expressive command that stretches into an altissimo register. This, along with some aspects of her phrasing, reveals influences other than Rollins, notably Mark Turner. But she has relaxed into her own style, and she often exudes a pragmatic calm, digging in with her rhythm team.

So she’s as coolly formidable on Time, her own wistful ballad, as on En Otro Lugar, a drifting groove by Menares. And the album’s superb sound — courtesy of James Farber, the engineer — puts you in the room as she finesses Kurt Weill’s standard My Ship, with a tip of the hat to Rollins and John Coltrane but also a persuasive self-possession.

— NATE CHINEN, NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE

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