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Alma Adentro explores the Puerto Rican popular songbook in a jazz context. He'll appear with a 10-piece woodwind section at Newport.
Miguel Zenón's upcoming album
Miguel Zenón's upcoming album Alma Adentro explores the Puerto Rican popular songbook in a jazz context. He'll appear with a 10-piece woodwind section at Newport. Courtesy of the artist
The good people of All Songs Considered decided to preview the Newport Folk and Newport Jazz Festivals with their latest podcast/program. As you know, NPR Music is live webcasting and recording concerts from this year's jazz spectacular next (not this) weekend, Aug. 6-7. And the All Songs folks were kind enough to invite yours truly and Josh Jackson of The Checkout on WBGO to talk about some of the music on this year's lineup. Have a listen.
Of special note: We were able to secure permissions to feature two tracks from albums yet to be released. New Orleans' young brass star, Trombone Shorty, is coming out with For True this September — on which he continues to toe the funk-rock dance party line. And MacArthur Genius/Guggenheim Fellow/alto sax tornado Miguel Zenón taps into the Puerto Rican popular songbook on Alma Adentro, his upcoming collaboration with his quartet, arranger Guillermo Klein (!) and a ten-piece woodwind section. Online, you can stream full tracks from these records, as well as cuts from James Farm, the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble and the duo of Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green.
Of course, All Songs host Bob Boilen is off to anchor coverage from the Newport Folk Festival this weekend — he also brought festival producer Jay Sweet onto the first half of the program. You can check that out at npr.org/newportfolk this Saturday and Sunday.