Laurent Coq and Miguel Zenon, Rayuela

Kevin Whitehead

By Kevin Whitehead

on 12.03.12 in Reviews
Smart, inventive and heartfelt music

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.