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Kairos Sextet: Transition

Read "Transition" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Maturato sotto l'ala protettiva di Dafnis Prieto alla Frost School of Music, quest'ensemble di suoi ex allievi emerge come gruppo autonomo mantenendo un legame stilistico col maestro nel fantasioso dinamismo ritmico che caratterizza tutti i brani. Prieto contribuisce al lavoro discografico come produttore esecutivo e con una sua composizione («Triangles and Circles»). Il debutto è indubbiamente ...

Kairos Sextet: Transition

Read "Transition" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Given all the well-deserved attention that drummer Dafnis Prieto has been getting lately, it's understandable that one of his projects, the Kairos Sextet, is eager to acknowledge its debt to that supremely polyrhythmic composer and bandleader. But, make no mistake, this is a band really coming into its own, with plenty to say and a collective ...

Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset

Read "Back to the Sunset" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The alliance of Latin music and American jazz ripened on these shores more than seventy years ago, nourished by pioneers such as Mario Bauza, Chano Pozo, Dizzy Gillespie, Machito, Tito Puente and others. It has been carried forward and enhanced since then by a succession of remarkable innovators including in recent years the Cuban-born drummer Dafnis ...

Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset

Read "Back to the Sunset" reviewed by Troy Dostert

The astonishingly talented and prolific drummer Dafnis Prieto has done a lot since moving to the States from his native Cuba in 1999. He's made a host of sideman appearances with musicians of widely varying stripes, including Peter Apfelbaum, Michel Camilo, Steve Coleman, Marilyn Lerner, Brian Lynch, Henry Threadgill, Chucho Valdés, and John Zorn. He won ...

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Interview with James Brandon Lewis & Further Notable New Releases

Read "Interview with James Brandon Lewis & Further Notable New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

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In this episode we interview saxophone titan James Brandon Lewis, and sample music from his upcoming duo album Radiant Imprints with Chad Taylor.

Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash and Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Caroline Davis “Dionisyan" ...

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Dafnis Prieto: Cross-Cultural Mix

Read "Dafnis Prieto: Cross-Cultural Mix" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dafnis Prieto is one of the leading drummers and composers of his generation. Forty-four years old and Cuban born, Prieto moved to jny: New York City in 1999. The early 2000's found Prieto employed as a sideman by several prominent musicians, including Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Dave Samuels and Arturo O'Farrill. In the following ...

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Dafnis Prieto: una miscela di culture

Read "Dafnis Prieto: una miscela di culture" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dafnis Prieto è uno dei massimi batteristi e compositori della sua generazione. 44 anni, nato a Cuba, Prieto è emigrato nel 1999 a New York dove ha iniziato a collaborare con i massimi leader latini (Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Arturo O'Farrill) e con esponenti d'avanguardia come Henry Threadgill e Steve Coleman. Dotato di una ...

Kairos Sextet: Transition

Read "Transition" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Since coming to New York in '99, visionary Cuban drummer/percussionist/educator Dafnis Prieto has been the heartbeat in bands led by Henry Threadgill, Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdez, Bebo Valdez, Roy Hargrove, and Andrew Hill. He's found the time to be nominated for an '07 Grammy for Best Latin Album, Absolute Quintet (Soho, 2006); win a ...

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Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset

Read "Back to the Sunset" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Nove dediche a personaggi particolarmente importanti nella personale crescita artistica -da Tito Puente a Egberto Gismonti, da Steve Coleman a Michel Camilo, da Chucho Valdes aHermeto Pascoal passando per Andrew Hill -una big band stellare impreziosita dalla presenza di Henry Threadgill e Steve Coleman in due brani e le radici caraibiche a far da collante. Si ...

Dafnis Prieto: Back to the Sunset

Read "Back to the Sunset" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Back to the Sunset, the new album by the Dafnis Prieto Big Band opens with “Una Vez Mas," a fairly traditional Latin big band workout. Don't let that fool you--this is not your padre's Latin jazz album. Half way through the decidedly more mysterioso second track, “The Sooner the Better," it's amply apparent that Prieto is ...