Lately, the alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón has been listening to some of his parents' favorite music. That is, he's adapted a handful of classic popular songs from his native Puerto Rico for his jazz quartet. And on his forthcoming album Alma Adentro, he even contracted his friend Guillermo Klein to write backing arrangements for a 10-piece woodwind section. Lush and verdant — like the tropical isle which inspired them — the charts saw a rare public performance at Newport's central Quad Stage.
- Alma Adentro
- Olas y Arenas
- Perfume de Gardenias
Personnel: Miguel Zenón, alto saxophone; Luis Perdomo, piano; Hans Glawischnig, bass; Henry Cole, drums. With Nathalie Joachim, flute; Jessica Schmitz, flute; Domenica Fossati, flute; Alexey Gorokholinsky, clarinet; Christof Knoche, bass clarinet; Katie Scheele, oboe; Keve Wilson, English horn; Brad Balliett, bassoon; Jennifer Kessler, French horn; Ian Donald, French horn. Guillermo Klein, conductor.