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Concert Review: Miguel Zenon’s Rayuela in Puerto Rico

Wilbert Sostre reports on performance from saxophonist and his quartet at Inter American University

Miguel Zenon in performance at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico
Dan Weiss and Dana Leong in performance with Miguel Zenon at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico
Miguel Zenon, Dan Weiss and Dana Leong in performance at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico
Laurent Coq and Miguel Zenon in performance at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico
MIguel Zenon, Dan Weiss and Dana Leong in performance with Miguel Zenon at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico

With the original group that recorded his most recent album Rayuela, Puerto Rican altoist virtuoso Miguel Zenón took the stage of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. The music from the album is completely different from Zenón’s previous projects. On Rayuela, instead of fusing jazz with Puerto Rican music like he did on the critically acclaimed albums, Jíbaro, Esta Plena and Alma Adentro, this time Zenón decided to compose music based on one of the best books in Latin America literature, Julio Cortázar’s Rayuela.

Zenón composed half of the compositions, the French scenes from the book, and pianist Laurent Coq composed the other half-the Argentina scenes. These are compositions with an eclectic blend of textures, sounds, dense harmonics, provocative and richly inventive melodies, technically challenging structures and with an almost cinematic feel.

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