143

Paquito D'Rivera with the WDR Big Band: Big Band Time

Javier AQ Ortiz By

Sign in to view read count
Paquito D'Rivera with the WDR Big Band: Big Band Time Quick and to the Point: WDR’s Latin Big Band offering with D’Rivera, Roditi and others.

Big Band Time is yet another showcase for the first-rate WDR Big Band (WDR), featuring Paquito D’Rivera and Claudio Roditi. Conducted and rearranged by Bill Dobbins, the material is familiar, although its treatment isn’t. The reconceptualizations of compositions mostly associated with the career of the Cuban saxophonist are ingenious and the WDR eats them up. All soloists do the same, as this is a particularly strong musical group; hence the ease with which both D’Rivera and Roditi stay par course with their respective well-established reputations and musical characters. The former’s clarinet playing is always a pleasure to hear – particularly so on “Song For Maura” – while the latter’s reliance blindsides many to his trustworthiness. Together, with the crystalline tightness of the sonic immensity of the WDR behind them, they manage their entreaties predictably well.

Everybody swings finely and strongly, even with the type of high-class elegance that big bands ought to elicit while performing these types of tunes. The album, however, is not on the jamming side of the fence. Even so, there’s plenty of tropical heat and it couldn’t be otherwise given all guests involved and the nature of the material. Thankfully, rather than blowing for its own sake, the ensemble playing is a credit upon itself, magnifying the effect of all soloists.

Big Band Time does not have one accurate length of the performances in the printed information. Not all the soloists mentioned solo and some, as in the cases of the missing credit for trombone solo in “Basstronaut,” as well as the piano one in “Who’s Smokin?” where Ludwig Nuss is credited for an nonexistent trombone solo. If you are concerned with such minutiae, the credits must be redone. As per the music, it really is a fine, fattened musical time.

Visit Pimienta Records , WDR Big Band & Paquito D’Rivera on the web.


Track Listing: To Brenda With Love, Danza Caracteristica, Song for Maura, Basstronaut, Who's Smokin'?, Y La Negra Bailaba, Andalucia, A Lo Tristano, Como Un Bolero, Annette's For Sure.

Personnel: Paquito D'Rivera: clarinet, saxophone;John Goldsby: bass; Claudio Roditi: trumpet, flugelhorn; Koji Paul Shigihara: guitar; Oscar Stagnaro: bass; Mark Walker: drums; Olivier Peters: saxophone; Heiner Wiberny: saxophone; Pernell Saturnino: percussion; Ludwig Nuss: trombone.

Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Pimienta Records | Style: Latin/World


Shop

More Articles

Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read The Invariant CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Slight Freedom" CD/LP/Track Review Slight Freedom
by Dave Wayne
Published: December 10, 2016
Read "Down Memory Lane 2 / Down Memory Lane Vol. 3, The Power Package" CD/LP/Track Review Down Memory Lane 2 / Down Memory Lane Vol. 3, The Power Package
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 27, 2016
Read "Got A Mind to Give Up Living: Live 1966" CD/LP/Track Review Got A Mind to Give Up Living: Live 1966
by Doug Collette
Published: June 11, 2016
Read "Inner Agent" CD/LP/Track Review Inner Agent
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 20, 2016
Read "Live At The Open Gate" CD/LP/Track Review Live At The Open Gate
by John Sharpe
Published: August 29, 2016
Read "Musings" CD/LP/Track Review Musings
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 11, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!