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Miguel Zenon

Miguel Zenón

Miguel Zenon is searching for that singular sound that’ll distinguish him from the rest. The 26-year-old has been fashioning a supple, arid tone on the alto saxophone for the past few years. “I have the conception of what I want to do in my head,” he says. “But I’m not completely satisfied with where I am right now. It’s not really about sounding hard, soft, fast or anything like that; it’s more about having a singing quality. I feel like I’m on the right track, though.”

Many listeners would agree. Some would even argue that he’s already found an enticingly lyrical, highly recognizable sound, judging from the critical acclaim for his performances and recordings with fellow saxophonist David Sanchez. Zenon gained more praise for his bracing 2001 debut, Looking Forward (Fresh Sound New Talent), which features him in tandem with eight dynamic musicians (including Sanchez) and showcases his fascinating, modernistic compositions.

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