Miguel Zenón: Camarón
Miguel Zenon (alto sax)
Awake (Marsalis Music)
Luis Perdomo (Fender Rhodes), Henry Cole (drums).
Composed by Miguel Zenón.
Recorded: New York, April 2-4, 2007
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
This composition was inspired by the great flamenco singer El Camarón. Indeed, Zenón reminds me of El Camarón's frequent accompanist Paco de Lucía, famous for his winning combination of speed, power and musicality. Zenón is a delight to hear. His solos are brilliantly constructed, and his execution of fast, double-time passages is especially impressive. These don't sound like memorized licks, just incisive improvisation played at a very high level. In a perfect world, where sales were driven by sheer talent, this one would be a gold record. On my scale, it already is.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia