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Miguel Zenon: Awake

Read "Awake" reviewed by Tom Greenland

From its very first notes (played by a string quartet), Awake is identifiably Miguel Zenon: lyrical, spiritual and original. For his fourth date as a leader Zenon reunites his go-to posse--Luis Perdomo (piano) and Hans Glawischnig (bass)--but with a key change in the drum chair, Henry Cole replacing Antonio Sanchez.

The strings are artfully ...

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Miguel Zenon: Awake

Read "Awake" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon delivers his most thought provoking recording to date with Awake , showing his growth as a performer and conceptualist. Whether performing with Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, The SFJazz Collective, or leading his own groups, Zenon's piercing tonality and fierce playing is always identifiable. Not a trivial task, when considering a wealth ...

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Vinson Valega: Awake

Read "Awake" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The underlying message inside Vinson Valega's Awake summons a quiet call to social and political awareness, just as past artists have done like saxophonist Sonny Rollins' Freedom Suite (Riverside, 1958). But for the activist and the pacifist alike, the message in this new release is clear and to the point--with music that is conscientious, alive, and ...

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Travis Shook: Awake

Read "Awake" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Seven years ago pianist Travis Shook went into a recording studio and emerged three days later having laid down enough material to come away with several new releases. Awake is one of the albums produced in that three-day recording session.

The album was recorded essentially as a core trio with bassist Jennifer Vincent and drummer Jaz ...