"Sonero" closes with "El Nazareno", a song written by Henry D. Williams that tells of a spirit watching over the singer's family in his time of serious addiction. The alto sounds heavier in the beginning of the song while reading the theme yet the pall rises during the solo. Perdomo's piano spot picks up on the positive energy, pushed forward by Cole's powerful drums. After a sparkling unaccompanied alto solo, the band returns and Cole gets the spotlight. His impressive statement is often breath-taking yet he never loses his way or plays outside the theme of the song.
Miguel Zenón continues to mine the rich veins of the music from his native Puerto Rico. He's never been wary of exploring the "popular" and folk musics of the island. "Sonero" is a celebration of Ismael Rivera, illuminating how lively, timely, and timeless his music is. Zenón's is a Quartet you will want to see in person and, depending where you live in the United States or Europe, they'll be on tour with this music for much of the rest of 2019. In the meantime, this album shines brightly in a discography filled with blazing stars!
For more information, go to miguelzenon.com.
Here's a video with Miguel Zenón talking about Ismael Rivera and the singer/songwriter's influences on his life and music:
Here's the full version of "Las Tumbas":
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It's Ms. Coss's tenor sax pushing the proceedings on the final track "Females Are As Strong As Hell" – not only does she take a fiery solo but the rest of the Quintet, save for Rosato, get to speak their piece. It's the shortest track on the program (4:43) but it's packed with power from the opening second to the final fade.
"Quintet" sounds great – Roxy Coss uses this release to look back over her career and previous recordings while the use of her "regular" band shows she's ready to move forward with these musicians, create new music with and for them. Play it loud and let the sounds and the incredible spirit wash over and throughout you!
For more information, go to www.roxycoss.com.
Here's the Quintet in action:
"The People I Love" closes with the third duo track from Steve Lehman and Craig Taborn. "Postlude", like the previous two duos, is short, like haikus in the midst of longer stories. Just as powerful, these reflections stand out from the other tracks but do not interfere with the overall theme of the album, to make music with "the people I love." Steve Lehman continues to mature as a composer and saxophonist, creating music that challenges, educates, and moves the listener.
For more information, go to www.stevelehman.com.
Here's the full version of the track in the video: