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Rayuela by Miguel Zenon & Laurent Coq
Released: Jul 2012
Label: Sunnyside
Pianist Coq and saxophonist Miguel Zenon combine to explore what they call a "French-Latin American" sound. But this isn't simple this-plus-that style fusion; it's a project with many odd tics. There's cello on about half of the songs, though no bass on any of them. While the percussion battery here includes sounds you might expect, there's also a tabla. And so Rayuela has a cross-genre feel of global chamber music deeply rooted in some swinging solos. By turns burning and warmly romantic -- try "La Muerte de Rocamadour" for both moods in the same tune -- this union makes for exciting jazz.
Seth Colter Walls
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