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The Year in Review: Top 50 Albums of 2018

JazzTimes' critics choose the top 40 new albums and top 10 historical releases of the year

Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter (photo © Alan Nahigian)

  1. Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet Yo Soy la Tradición (Miel)
Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet "Yo Soy la Tradición"
Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet “Yo Soy la Tradición”

All of Zenón’s varied projects have seemed propelled by a singular quest, and with this magisterial chamber music outing the alto saxophonist grabs hold of the grail as never before. Becoming in effect a fifth member of the Spektral (string) Quartet, Zenón derives from the folkloric genres of his native Puerto Rico a strikingly individual musical hybrid, fluid and poetically expressive, yet unrelenting in its technical demands. D.R.A.

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