Miguel Zenón | Esta Plena – [Marsalis Music, 2009]Marsalis Music is pleased to announce the release of Esta Plena a new studio album by alto saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenón. Last year, Zenón was a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, also called the genius grant. Remarkably, in 2008, he also received a Guggenheim Fellowship for musical composition, making Zenón the fi rst jazz musician to receive both awards in the same calendar year. Esta Plena, a product of his Guggenheim Fellowship, reinterprets plena, a traditional Afro-Caribbean music from Puerto Rico, with the sensibility and techniques of modern jazz. Initially, what drove these projects was a personal desire to know more about my own culture, he says. After I left Puerto Rico, I immersed myself in jazz for a very long time so I wasn’t really dealing with Puerto Rican music. I had been exposed to it growing up, but it wasn t until I began writing my own music that I really started to pay close attention to it. That s when I decided to explore this music and fi nd out more about my roots.
Esta Plena features Zenón s long-standing quartet Luis Perdomo on acoustic piano, Hans Glawischnig on bass, and Henry Cole on drums, spectacularly augmented with Héctor Tito Matos, Obanilú Allende, and Juan Gutiérrez on vocals and panderos (hand-held single-head drums).
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