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Ceremonial by Miguel Zenon

Seeing that this was a new release from Brandford Marsalis' label, I knew that Miguel Zenon's CD, "Ceremonial", was going to be different. I wasn't disappointed...and I was very surprised at how really good this CD was. If you're looking for one of the best Latin-influenced jazz players/composers in the game today, you absolutely must check out Miguel Zenon.

Mr. Zenon's composition is refreshingly original. Billed as a fusion of jazz and Latin music, I found the latter to be more sublime. And it works so well. As a player, I found Mr. Zenon to be quite inventive in his style. He is a very competent player, able to play dizzying scales very fast...and the maturity to know that it is not always necessary to do so. A very talented and player worth listening to.

Mr. Zenon composed all but the opening and closing numbers. The recording is just the way I like it...warm and natural sounding. I found the vocal tracks to be distracting from the flow of the CD, but a small complaint for a truly excellent effort.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Miguel Zenon
  • CD Title: Ceremonial
  • Genre: Latin Jazz / Latin Funk
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Marsalis Music
  • Musicians: Miguel Zenon (Alto Sax), Luis Perdomo (Acoustic Piano, Fender Rhodes), Hans Glawischnig (bass), Antonio Sanchez (drums)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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