Album of the Day: “LEÓN” by Michael Sarian & The Chabones


Artist:  Michael Sarian & The Chabones

Album:  LEÓN

Label:  Zoho Music

Style:  Latin jazz as world traveler

Favorite Track:  “Your Words”

Music from:  New York City

What I like about it:  That thing where a wave curls over top of a surfer as she glides down its barrel?  That’s the relationship of rhythm and melody on the latest from Michael Sarian.  The melodies of LEÓN have a distinct form, but their presence is sometimes obscured by a rhythmic groove that is as hypnotic as waves crashing towards the shoreline.  This complementary relationship of fluid motions is as intoxicating as the music is tuneful, and that’s what I like most about this recording.

Your album personnel:  Michael Sarian (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals, mini moog, synth), Jim Piela (alto & soprano saxophones), Evan Francis (tenor sax), Elad Cohen (trombone), Michael Verselli (piano, Nord, mini moog, synths), Trevor Brown (electric bass), Josh Bailey (drums, auxiliary percussion) and guest:  Franco Pinna (bombo legüero).

Available at:  Amazon | Bandcamp

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