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Radioville: Miguel Zenon and Laurent Coq, “Rayuela” (Sunnyside)

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Hi I’m Lloyd Sachs with a two-minute album review. Among 20th century novelists, few were as devoted to jazz as the great Argentine modernist Julio Cortazar, who died in 1984. And based on the evidence of his new album, Rayuela, no jazz artist is more devoted to Cortazar than alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon.

Rayuela, a collaboration with French pianist Laurent Coq, was directly inspired by Cortazar’s 1963 novel of that name, known in the English-speaking world as Hopscotch. Not only are songs based on specific sections of the book, which is set in Paris and Buenos Aires. As Zenon says in his liner notes, an effort was made to translate words and letters into musical terms. Cortazar intended the chapters in Hopscotch, which is streaked with jazz references and also inspired by…

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