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Hilario Duran: Cry Me A River

Read "Cry Me A River" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Hilario Durán is a renowned Cuban-Canadian jazz pianist and composer known for contributing to Latin jazz. He does not release big band efforts often, but with the release of Cry Me A River, he has reconstituted his Latin Jazz Big Band to take us on an extraordinary musical journey, effortlessly blending myriad genres into his singular style. Durán's Afro-Caribbean cultural attachment informs the nine works of both originals and covers in this outing, resulting in a unique tapestry of sound. ...

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Diego Urcola Quartet: El Duelo

Read "El Duelo" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The cover of this album shows Diego Urcola (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Paquito D'Rivera (alto saxophone, clarinet) back-to-back, as if about to engage in the titular duel. But the sound is that of two veteran players jointly taking a leap into the unknown. A quartet without piano is an unusual setting for both of them. D'Rivera's liner notes mention Gerry Mulligan's quartet with Chet Baker (represented by “ I Know, Don't Know How"), but Ornette Coleman's quartet is another, more surprising ...

Live Review

Paquito D’Rivera Quintet at the Regattabar

Read "Paquito D’Rivera Quintet at the Regattabar" reviewed by Nat Seelen

Paquito D'Rivera Quintet Regattabar Cambridge, MA October 19, 2018 For over four decades, Paquito D'Rivera has been an institution in the global music scene. Flitting between jazz, latin, and classical music since he was a boy studying at the Havana Conservatory of Music, he's logged thousands of miles, more than fifty albums as leader, and fourteen GRAMMY awards (He's won in both the Latin Jazz and Classical categories. In the same year. ...

Live Review

Paquito D'Rivera at Mount Vernon Country Club

Read "Paquito D'Rivera at Mount Vernon Country Club" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Paquito D'Rivera Mount Vernon Country Club Golden, Colorado February 27, 2015 Jazz. Pass it on. That was a big part of what happened Friday night at the Mount Vernon Country Club in the foothills west of jny: Denver. National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master and multiple Grammy winner Paquito D'Rivera led an ensemble of primarily college students in an evening of Latin jazz. The groove was solid, the song selection impeccable and ...

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Paquito D'Rivera: Jazz Meets the Classics

Read "Jazz Meets the Classics" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Forte di una solida fama internazionale, il sassofonista cubano ci propone questo singolare CD ispirato dalla musica eurocolta. Dedicati ai più celebri compositori Bach, Mozart, Chopin) di tale tradizione, gli arrangiamenti mostrano la formazione classica del leader esaltandone il grande virtuosismo strumentale. Tanta è la tecnica messa in campo, dinanzi alla quale cedono il passo l'ispirazione e la forte tensione creativa. Sin dalle prime note appare evidente il compiacimento tecnico, nel pur lodevole tentativo di aggiungere colori ...

Album Review

Alex Brown: Pianist

Read "Pianist" reviewed by Edward Blanco

With a little help from Cuban-born saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera the jazz world heralds the entrance of 22 year-old Alex Brown, capturing but a glimpse of his talents on a monster recording debut simply entitled Pianist. It was actually D'Rivera's bassist, Oscar Stagnaro,who began to gig with pianist around the Boston area, ultimately introducing Brown to D'Rivera, and the rest is history. Taken with Brown's skills on the instrument and his understanding of Latin music beyond Afro-Cuban rhythms, D'Rivera took him ...


Paquito D'Rivera: Jazz at the Heart

Read "Paquito D'Rivera: Jazz at the Heart" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

There is almost nothing Paquito D'Rivera hasn't accomplished since his arrival on the U.S. jazz scene in the early 1980s, when the young Cuban arrived from Spain--the first spot he hid when he defected from his home nation and its Communist rule that denied personal freedoms and forced musicians playing jazz to call it something else in order to avoid punishment.It was in Madrid that he bided his time until he could make it to New York City, ...


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