Argentine novelist Julio Cortázar’s 1963 classic Rayuela – in English, Hopscotch – is a fragmented tale of a Bohemian adrift on two continents. To underscore his hero’s dislocation and odd thought processes, Cortázar maps a zigzag alternative route through the book for adventurous readers. On their Rayuela, Puerto Rican alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón and French pianist Laurent Coq variously evoke the novel’s playfulness with language, mobile-like structure, transatlantic breadth and fascination with jazz, as well as the bittersweet nature of expatriate life. Ably abetted by instrument switchers Dana Leong on cello and trombone and Dan Weiss on drums and tabla, they make smart, inventive, heartfelt music.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.11.14 in Lists
From the Cookers to Sean Jones, Farmers By Nature to the Bad Plus, Wondering Sound picks the top jazz albums of 2014.
By Britt Robson on 12.03.14 in Features
The saxophonist-composer speaks about his experience growing up in NYC as a Puerto Rican musician.
By Britt Robson on 05.06.14 in Reviews
Pianist Bobby Avey composed this magnum opus based on the rhythms and concepts he learned from two Haitian Vodou drumming ensembles, one of which he experienced firsthand in a Vodou ceremony during his visit to Haiti in...
By Britt Robson on 02.04.14 in Reviews
Time's Tales brims with mischief. A trio of California drummer Jeff Ballard, Beninese guitarist Lionel Loueke and Puerto Rican alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon want to pry, cajole and sweet-swing your mind open. They use a...