Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón and pianist Luis Perdomo have released a new album, El Arte Del Bolero.
The six-track digital-only album was recorded in one take in a September live-streamed concert at New York City’s Jazz Gallery.
Its title refers to the selection of songs for the album, which includes the Arsenio Rodriguez composition “La Vida Es Un Sueño” and the heartbreaking classic “Que Te Pedí” popularized by La Lupe in 1965.
“We chose compositions from the Bolero era that we could just play right away, without giving it a second thought: songs from the times of our parents and grandparents that somehow stuck around long enough for us to get to know them and truly love them,” Zenón explained in the record’s liner notes.
“When we play these songs, we can hear the lyrics in the back of our minds—something that provides a very deep connection, one that is hard to replicate in any other situation. It really is almost beyond familiar. These songs are part of us.”
Zenón and Perdomo last collaborated on the 2019 album Sonero, a record honoring the late Puerto Rican composer and salsa singer Ismael Rivera. Later this year, Zenón will release Law Years: The Music of Ornette Coleman with Ariel Bringuez, Demain Cabaud and Jordi Rossi. In the fall, he will put out a new album with his long-standing quartet.
Stream El Arte Del Bolero here: