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Editors’ Notes

On Alma Adentro, the Puerto Rican alto saxophonist and composer Miguel Zeñon once again displays his distinctive take on Latin jazz. Zeñon previously released two albums that wed Puerto Rican music and jazz, 2005’s Jibaro and 2009’s Esta Plena, both of which drew on traditional folkways. By contrast, Alma Adentro reinterprets work from the Puerto Rican popular songbook. The album’s core quartet — Zeñon, pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Hans Glawischnig, and drummer Henry Cole — is joined by a 10-piece wind ensemble. The opener, Bobby Capó’s “Juguete,” was a hit in Cheo Felciano’s ballad version, but here the song is transformed into a swinging instrumental, and Zeñon’s sax work is super fine. Rafael Hernández’s “Silencio” features an excellent arrangement by Guillermo Klein. “Olas y Arenas,” by Sylvia Rexach, might be the best track. The complex, high-energy arrangement clearly bears Klein’s touch, and Perdomo and Zeñon unleash inspired solos. “Tite” Curet Alonso’s “Tiemblas” serves as the closer; it’s a lush, elegant piece that suggests the tensions of romance.

Customer Reviews

What a Feast

This is the first album I have from Miguel and I am totally astonished, what a talent and execution of the instrument. All songs are execellent. Excellent job Miguel. Looking forward to your next project.

A Bit Relaxed

It seems t/b a bit more laid back than Miguel Z.'s previous work. It's enjoyable. Will give another listen for sure

Alma Adentro

All puertoricans must have this album. Great work again.


Born: 1977 in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenón is one of a select group of jazz musicians who have successfully navigated the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. A multi-Grammy nominee, he has developed a unique voice as a composer and conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American folk music and jazz. In addition to his numerous dates as a bandleader, Zenón has worked as a sideman with Charlie Haden, David Sánchez, Ray Barretto, the Mingus Big...
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Alma Adentro - The Puerto Rican Songbook, Miguel Zenón
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Latino
  • Released: Aug 16, 2011

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