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Rayuela

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It isn t uncommon for musicians to use literature as inspiration for their compositions. The methods by which musicians approach this task differ not only from the artist s individual style but also that of the writer whose work they will aurally illustrate. On their new Sunnyside release, saxophonist Miguel Zenón and pianist Laurent Coq challenge themselves to capture the breadth of character, form and perspective of Argentinean writer Julio Cortázar s masterwork, Rayuela.

Cortázar was one of the most influential writers of the 20th Century. A man at home both in Europe and South America, Cortázar s familiarity with the mid-20th century bohemian and émigré lifestyles shines through in his famous works of fiction.

Zenón came across the author s broadest work, Rayuela (Hopscotch), in the late 90 s. He was struck by the novel, especially its form which allows the reader to choose how it should be read: straight through, following the map which Cortázar provides or picking your own order from the 155 chapters included in the book. Since then, Zenón has returned to the book on numerous occasions.

Coq and Zenón had been looking for a way to collaborate for some time before Zenón proposed setting music to themes and characters from Rayuela, though Coq was not familiar with the novel. The immediate correlation between the collaborators and the text was the French and Latin American connection - the book uses Paris and Buenos Aires as settings; Coq hails from France and Zenón from Puerto Rico. As an additional challenge, the two musicians reverse their natural inclination of writing for the closer cultural affiliation: Zenón covers Part 1 (Paris) while Coq handles Part 2 (Buenos Aires - where he has never been).

The saxophonist and pianist enlist two unique musicians to round out their quartet. Eschewing the common bass and drums, the ensemble utilizes the tremendous cellist/trombonist Dana Leong and the masterful percussionist/tabla player Dan Weiss. This singular ensemble opens up many opportunities in the music, approaching the timbral space of a chamber group, while providing particular challenges to the composers who normally don t write for such an unusual combination of instruments.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 31, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sunnyside Records
  • ASIN: B007NM8DXY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is an absolutely gorgeous album and easily the best I've heard all year. I bought this album after seeing the group at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival this past weekend. Before attending the set I was unsure what to expect- I knew of Miguel Zenon but not much about his music. I was completely floored by the end of the set and knew I had to buy the album. Since then I have been completely unable to put it down. Zenon's soft and romantic yet strong tone is evocative of Paul Desmond and Michael Brecker. He is a true modern expert of that instrument and he surrounds himself on this album with only the best. From the amazing cellist-trombonist Dana Leong (who stole the show at Newport) to Laurent Coq's Brubeck and Petrucciani influenced piano playing and the talented rhythms of Dan Weiss, this album does not disappoint. In the process it takes influences from around the world and combines them all into something uniquely beautiful. You seriously have to listen to this album if you are looking for something both fresh and captivating.
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By avv on November 19, 2013
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This is an extraordinary work. Great compositions, excellent performance. The composers have captured the essence of each of the characters portrayed in their music. Thumbs up!
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Great music! Your soul is going to have a great time listening to this album! Very good one, enjoy this one!
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