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Esta Plena

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Marsalis Music is pleased to announce the release of Esta Plena a new studio album by alto saxophonist
and composer Miguel Zenón. Last year, Zenón was a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, also called the
genius grant. Remarkably, in 2008, he also received a Guggenheim Fellowship for musical composition,
making Zenón the fi rst jazz musician to receive both awards in the same calendar year.
Esta Plena, a product of his Guggenheim Fellowship, reinterprets plena, a traditional Afro-Caribbean
music from Puerto Rico, with the sensibility and techniques of modern jazz. Initially, what drove these
projects was a personal desire to know more about my own culture, he says. After I left Puerto Rico, I
immersed myself in jazz for a very long time so I wasn t really dealing with Puerto Rican music. I had been
exposed to it growing up, but it wasn t until I began writing my own music that I really started to pay close
attention to it. That s when I decided to explore this music and fi nd out more about my roots.
Esta Plena features Zenón s long-standing quartet Luis Perdomo on acoustic piano, Hans Glawischnig
on bass, and Henry Cole on drums, spectacularly augmented with Héctor Tito Matos, Obanilú Allende,
and Juan Gutiérrez on vocals and panderos (hand-held single-head drums).
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Marsalis Music
  • ASIN: B002JCMZEQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Cristian Opazo Kunstmann on February 13, 2010
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I listened Miguel Zenón from his first albums, like Looking Forward (great music with David Sanchez in some tunes) and Travesía from David Sánchez. I always found he was a great sax player, with excelent ideas, beautiful sound, a very personal approach to music (because of his roots in Puerto Rican music) and very technical frases. Now i bought Awake and Esta Plena and i have to say that this sax player has become a great jazz musician. He makes a fusion of jazz with Puerto Rican music, with very complex tempos, harmonies and with great band work. I thing the music it`s truly new and innovative looking forward to new forms for improvisation and mixture of styles. Thanks for this music, i think he will become one of the greatest jazz musician of this century.

Highly recommended!!!!

Best Regards
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This is simply a great meeting. Perhaps you have heard "Plena" music before but in this case, Miguel transforms the experience with his incredible sax performance all along the session, added with a shot of standard jazz piano, drums, and bass and a little seasoning of not so usual tambourine and chorus. A nice meet of our jazz brother with the great Plena style. This is highly refreshing to the jazz scene and should not be missed by those with latin jazz spirit and by those that still love the only kind of music capable to combine salt and pepper with bananas.
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By Dizzy on July 28, 2013
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Perhaps best Sax player in the world!! Must listen to his others albums . If ever comes to your town see him live you will not regret it!
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By Arelis on December 19, 2012
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This is the second Zenon CD I purchase. Love the sound. A mix of old Puerto Rican plena with new latin jazz sound. Great music.
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I have several Miguel Zenon CDs and have heard him live. He's an amazing musician--his music is tight, inventive, sometimes surprising and impeccably performed. No wonder this CD was nominated for a Grammy!
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Miguel es otra liga! Súper!
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