Miguel Zenón News

Miguel Zenón, Alma Adentro

Publication: 80 Grados
Author: Mariana Reyes Angleró
Date: September 2, 2011

The first section of this article is about Miguel Zenón’s latest project written in Spanish, and the second section includes an interview in English with Miguel Zenón Quartet bassist, Hans Glawischnig.

Para bajar o subir el diapasón en medio de un show los jazzistas suelen recurrir a los estándar como “Caravan” o “Round About Midnight”. Ese no es el caso del saxofonista Miguel Zenón. “Yo prefiero tocar una canción del repertorio latinoamericano, siempre lo hago”. Así empezó a hacer arreglos de distintos temas del cancionero popular y lo tenía listo para tocarlo con su cuarteto cuando hiciera falta. Read more »

Submitted by Courtney on September 7th, 2011 — 09:54am

Muy rico! (Miguel Zenón’s new CD reviewed)

Publication: Ottawa Citizen
Author
: Peter Hum
Date: August 31, 2011

Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (Marsalis Music)
Miguel Zenón

Sitting behind me at the Newport Jazz Festival almost a month ago, a man was singing along with alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón as the alto saxophonist offered his lush and thrilling renditions of pieces by Puerto Rican composers.

I knew none of the tunes played by Zenón, his quartet, and an accompanying woodwind ensemble, but the music nonetheless worked its magic on me. Although the Newport Jazz Festival is packed two days straight, with pretty fantastic sounds, nothing I heard topped the set by Zenón saluting the music of his homeland.

I took home a copy of Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook, which was available at Newport’s disc tent but has only been officially released this week. I’m happy to say that Zenón’s latest disc is much more than a souvenir. Read more »

Submitted by Courtney on September 1st, 2011 — 10:11am

In Conversation With Miguel Zenón

Publication: The Huffington Post
Author: Adriana Teresa Letorney
Date: August 23, 2011

Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón recently finished his new album—Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook, which will be released on August 30th, 2011.

Born and raised in San Juan Puerto Rico, Zenón adapted traditional popular songs by legendary Puerto Rican composers—Rafael Hernández Marín, Pedro Flores, Sylvia Rexach, Bobby Capó, and Don Tite Curet Alonso—to jazz, a genre that has a tradition of making standards from popular American songs. The music in this album was arranged by Zenón and orchestrated for a 10-piece woodwind section by Argentine pianist, composer and arranger Guillermo Klein.

Adriana Teresa candidly speaks with Miguel Zenón about Alma Adentro, his commitment to music and education, and a future project.

—Adriana Teresa: What does Alma Adentro mean to you?
Miguel Zenón: I have a very profound and personal connection with many of the songs in this album. Read more »

Submitted by Courtney on September 1st, 2011 — 10:12am

Miguel Zenón Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook

Publication: The Revivalist
Author: Liam Bird
Date: August 23, 2011

“Latin jazz” is a term routinely used to index the music of Cuba and Brazil, but its existence in Latin America is more endemic than this might suggest–though its prevalence in the U.S. as in Europe remains as limited as it is eluding. Miguel Zenón, an alto saxophonist at the forefront of the Afro-Rican jazz movement, is one of a handful of artists who have been able to break through this paradigm by fusing Puerto Rican traditions, African Roots and modern jazz while garnering critical acclaim on an international stage. He has had multiple Grammy Nominations and is a Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, but I didn’t have to tell you that as Zenón’s arrangements on his new release, Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook, speak for themselves. Read more »

Submitted by Courtney on September 1st, 2011 — 09:15am

Miguel Zenón: Alma Adentro - The Puerto Rican Songbook

Publication: All About Jazz
Author: Dan Bilawsky
Date: August 21, 2011

When so-called “Latin jazz” comes up in conversation, music or musicians connected to Cuba or Brazil are usually the topic of conversation. While it’s true that Afro-Cuban stylings, bossa nova beats and sizzling samba numbers seem to dominate in this umbrella category, they’re only the tip of the iceberg that is the music of Latin America. Thankfully, some important jazz musicians are helping to broaden the rest of the world’s view on what Latin America has to offer. Pianist Danilo Perez has connected the dots between music from his native Panama and jazz, and alto saxophone star Miguel Zenón is doing the same thing for Puerto Rico.

While calling somebody a “star” in jazz might seem like an oxymoron, when considering the lower-than-deserved profile of the genre on the national and international stages, Zenón fits the bill like few others. Read more »

Submitted by Courtney on September 1st, 2011 — 09:39am