The magical sound of Miguel Zenon’s saxophone – Chicago Tribune

Even if Miguel Zenon didn’t command a formidable technique and excel in the immensely attractive music of his native Puerto Rico, he would lure listeners with the signature sound of his horn.

Translucent in tone, lyrical in spirit and rich in expressive nuance, Zenon’s alto saxophone yields colors at once instantly recognizable yet thoroughly inimitable. Like all the best jazz instrumentalists, Zenon – who won a MacArthur Fellowship, or “genius grant,” in 2008 – simply sounds like no one else.

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