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Miguel Zenon: Celebrating the Music of La Isla

Read "Miguel Zenon: Celebrating the  Music of La Isla" reviewed by Steve Bryant

For the last decade, saxophonist Miguel Zenón has distinguished himself as one of the most innovative and creative musicians in the modern jazz idiom. The Puerto Rican-born altoist accomplished this feat by reaching back to the musical and cultural traditions of his island. On groundbreaking recordings such as Jibaro (Marsalis Music, 2005) and Esta Plena (Marsalis ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Miguel Zenon & The Rhythm Collective: Oye!!! Live In Puerto Rico

Read "Oye!!! Live In Puerto Rico" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Puerto Rican pride oozes from every album under alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón's name. Most recently, he explored plena music in a jazz context on the winning Esta Plena (Marsalis Music, 2009), and put a new spin on songs from the Puerto Rican Songbook with Alma Adentro (Marsalis Music, 2011). While those projects differ greatly, with rough-and-tumble ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Aldemar Valentin: Ficciones

Read "Ficciones" reviewed by James Nadal

From Ficciones' opening title track, Aldemar Valentín's ensemble wastes no time in heading right for the fast lane. On his second outing as leader, the bassist/producer has assembled a tight group, with the intent of performing his compositions in a progressive jazz format. Co-producer L. Raúl Romero lays down impressive guitar work throughout, his chord structures ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bassist/Composer Aldemar Valentin Releases "Finding My Path"

Bassist/Composer Aldemar Valentin Releases "Finding My Path"

Music by Aldemar Valentin Album Finding My Path Ricardo Pons - Baritone Sax/Flute Raul Romero - Guitar Efran Martnez - Drums Aldemar Valentin - bass guitar Compositions by Aldemar Valentin (BMI) Modern harmonies, Pan-American rhythms and improvisation. Live Recording. Recorded live at Araba Cafe ...


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