Miguel Zenón – Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera (Miel Music, 2019)
Puerto Rican composer, arranger and virtuoso saxophonist Miguel Zenón continues his series of tributes to Puerto Rican music on Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera. Within salsa, Ismael “Maelo” Rivera was an innovator. He introduced vocal improvisation and also incorporated Puerto Rican rhythms like bomba y plena.
On Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera, Miguel Zenón takes some of Maelo’s best-known and beloved songs and transforms them into masterfully-crafted straight ahead jazz pieces with an underlying Puerto Rican flavor.
The lineup on the album includes Miguel Zenón on alto saxophone; Luis Perdomo on piano; Hans Glawischnig on bass; and Henry Cole on drums.