Looking Forward

Looking Forward

by Miguel Zenón
     
 

Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón has made a name for himself as a distinguished sideman and a member of David Sánchez's band. His fiery debut as a leader, Looking Forward, revolves around a quartet comprised of pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Hans Glawischnig, and drummer Antonio Sánchez. Guest percussionists William Cepeda and Pernell Saturnino appear on a handfulSee more details below

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Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón has made a name for himself as a distinguished sideman and a member of David Sánchez's band. His fiery debut as a leader, Looking Forward, revolves around a quartet comprised of pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Hans Glawischnig, and drummer Antonio Sánchez. Guest percussionists William Cepeda and Pernell Saturnino appear on a handful of cuts; David Sánchez, guitarist Ben Monder, and trumpeter Diego Urcola each make cameos along the way. While Zenón's music certainly owes much to Sánchez (the two even employ much of the same personnel), his capacity for nuance and surprise sets him apart. Listen to some of his monster endings and you'll likely agree. His hard-edged, high-velocity alto suggests just a trace of Greg Osby; his compositions, like Sánchez's, blend indigenous Latin forms with highly advanced jazz harmonies, lines, and rhythms. In addition to the dense interplay of "El Bloque" and "El Cruze," and the blistering swing of "Yochabel," Zenón offers a revelatory take on Bach, titled "J.S.B.," a Spanish chant/avant-garde freakout called "Anxiety," and gripping renditions of songs by Silvio Rodriguez, Rafael Hernandez, and Juanito Marques. He sets it all up with a rubato "Prayer #1 (Blessing)" and closes with "Prayer #2 (Thanksgiving)," multi-tracking hypnotic flutes under a dancing alto sax improvisation. Zenón comes across as focused, imaginative, and highly articulate, tempering chops with tremendous sensitivity.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2004
Label:
New Talent Spain
UPC:
8427328421195
catalogNumber:
119

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miguel Zenón   Primary Artist,Flute,Percussion,Alto Saxophone,Background Vocals
William Cepeda   Percussion,Vocals,Bombo
Ben Monder   Electric Guitar
David Sanchez   Tenor Saxophone
Antonio Sanchez   Drums,Background Vocals
Diego Urcola   Trumpet
Luis Perdomo   Percussion,Conga,Background Vocals,Bombo,Cajon

Technical Credits

Silvio Rodríguez   Composer
Rafael Hernández   Composer
Rob "Wacko" Hunter   Mastering
Miguel Zenón   Arranger,Producer
Peter Karl   Engineer
Jordi Pujol   Producer

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