By Doug Collette, All About Jazz
A departure from Thana Alexa‘s first album Ode to Heroes(Harmonia Mundi/Jazz Village, 2015), ONA is also rooted in jazz, but it showcases Alexa’s use of her voice as both a lyrical and experimental instrument. Commencing immediately on the title tune, this mostly original material features arrangements in various combinations of atmospheric, electronic soundscapes and exotic instrumental textures, complementing a voice which enchants as often through its feather-light air as its full-throated tones. Co-produced with master drummer Antonio Sanchez—with whom Alexa has collaborated before, most conspicuously on The Meridien Suite (Cam Jazz, 2015)—this record is at once a statement of artistic and personal purpose. Read the full review here.