The Aakash Mittal Quartet

In the liner notes of his debut, Aakash Mittal asserts that every moment can be the start of something new or the end of something old, and that "through improvisation we seek to create something new from the old." On Beginnings (slated for release at Dazzle on Thursday, May 29), the 23-year-old alto saxophonist and flutist underscores this notion while drawing as much from his Eastern Indian roots (a lot of songs were inspired by family members) as from the annals of jazz history. With some solid backing from guitarist Matt Fuller, bassist Jean-Luc Davis and drummer Josh Moore, Mittal proves that he has the skills to go far, suggesting that Possible Beginnings is indeed just the start for this talented young player.

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