Good Intentions
  • Yvonne Rogers
    Yvonne Rogers
  • Lucas Kadish
    Lucas Kadish
  • Kanoa Mendenhall
    Kanoa Mendenhall
  • Timothy Angulo
    Timothy Angulo
  • Joash Evans
    Joash Evans
  • Alden Hellmuth
    Alden Hellmuth

Alden Hellmuth

Good Intentions

Fresh Sound New Talent

Alden Hellmuth (as), Josh Evans (tp), Yvonne Rogers (p), Lucas Kadish (g), Kanoa Mendenhall (b), Timothy Angulo (d), Chris McCarthy (Fender Rhodes)

Reference: FSNT-679

Bar code: 8427328436793

Official release date: September 6th, 2024

Good Intentions was born from conflict— both the internal conflict I experience as an artist trying to shape and define my own authentic voice, and the external conflicts which we all often face in our work, friendships, and life. This album is an exploration of dissonance in the absence of resolution and the intentions which guide us. It is a deeply personal and unapologetic reflection of who I am at this moment.

These compositions emerged while I was living abroad in 2022, a period marked by my departure from¡ convention towards a philosophy of exploration. The album captures my transformation as I discovered new compositional methods and further embraced my love for the avant-garde. As a composer I am deeply inspired by art that is evocative and experimental, and informed by my upbringing in Hartford, Connecticut, where I grew up surrounded by the musical legacy of the great Jackie McLean.

To me, the most magical moments in music are those times when the notated material and improvisations become so intertwined they are nearly indistinguishable. The music of Good Intentions was crafted with a flexibility and openness that invites the performers to create these moments of synergy. Consequently, selecting the band was pivotal in shaping the sound of this project. Each part was written specifically for these incredible musicians, and I am so profoundly grateful to them for bringing this musical vision to life.

Good Intentions is dedicated to all the wonderful friends and family who helped make this album a reality. A big thank you to Jordi Pujol at Fresh Sound Records for his support; to my band, Lucas Kadish, Yvonne Rogers, Kanoa Mendenhall, Timothy Angulo, and Josh Evans, for their incredible musicianship; to Adi Meyerson for her presence, support, and guidance throughout the entire process; to Chris McCarthy, Lex Korten, Peter Enriquez, and Eli Heath for their generous help in post; to my brother, Nathan Hellmuth, for his encouragement and assistance; to my mother and father for their endless support of my passions; and to all the friends who offered an ear, a hand, and/or a hug during this process. I love you all.

Best Intentions,




01. Biting The Hand That Feeds You (Alden Hellmuth) 2:55
02. The Gavel (Alden Hellmuth) 4:48
03. Good Intentions (Alden Hellmuth) 7:04
04. Change Like Water (Alden Hellmuth) 4:18
05. Stream Of (Alden Hellmuth) 4:13
06. Personal Saints (Alden Hellmuth) 6:10
07. Ambrosia & Vetiver (Alden Hellmuth) 6:17
08. Whirl (Alden Hellmuth) 4:30

Album details

Alden Hellmuth (alto sax), Josh Evans (trumpet on #2, 4 & 7), Yvonne Rogers (piano & Wurlitzer), Lucas Kadish (guitar), Kanoa Mendenhall (bass), Timothy Angulo (drums).
Guest: Chris McCarthy (Fender Rhodes on #6)
Recorded at Figure 8 Studio, in Brooklyn, New York, June 5 & 6, 2023

Engineered by Lily Wen
Mixed by Christopher Allen
Mastered by Pieter de Wagter
Post production by Peter Enriquez & Eli Heath
Photography by Adi Meyerson
Design by David Mirarchi

Produced by Alden Hellmuth
Executive Producer: Jordi Pujol

This sound recording © 2024 by Fresh Sound Records
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

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