Saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenon

On saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenon, Branford Marsalis said, “I listen for musical intelligence. Lots of jazz musicians spend their lives studying and then trying to make music out of academics. Miguel just grabbed the music. He was able to take something intellectual and make it sound organic and natural.” Zenon, who is only 26, has had a rather illustrious career so far in the world of jazz. This Boston Globe article talks a bit about Zenon’s background. On his snazzy web site, Zenon generously provides lots of samples of his music, including three full length tracks recorded live at the Jazz Gallery in NYC. These are enjoyable performances all around: I especially enjoyed the judicious use of space in the solos (particularly the first half of the piano solo by Luis Perdomo).

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