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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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Dafnis Prieto Sextet: Triangles and Circles

Read "Triangles and Circles" reviewed by Dave Wayne

The thing that sets Latin jazz apart from other forms of jazz is that it's fundamentally a music for dance. The artists who create this music are expected to move gracefully back and forth between the worlds of jazz and salsa, sometimes in a single tune. Though it's overtly intended to get our bodies moving, Latin ...

Charles Flores: Impressions Of Graffiti

Read "Impressions Of Graffiti" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Reared and educated in Cuba, bassist Charles Flores migrated to the US and evolved into a first-call session artist for saxophonist David Sanchez and flautist Dave Valentine among many others. Sadly, Flores' debut solo endeavor is a posthumous release as he succumbed to cancer on August 22, 2012. Yet it's a luminous testament to his holistic ...

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Charles Flores: Impressions Of Graffiti

Read "Impressions Of Graffiti" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

No album should ever serve as a debut and a posthumously-released pièce de résistance, but such is the case with bassist Charles Flores' Impressions Of Graffiti. At the age of 40, the Grammy Award-winning bassist, who spent time working with pianist Michel Camilo, trumpeter Brian Lynch, reed master Paquito D'Rivera, drummer Dafnis Prieto, and numerous other ...

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Roman Filiu: Musae

Read "Musae" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Dafnis Prieto created the Dafnison Music label as a means to control his own work and get his forward-thinking recordings into the hands of the public on his own terms. That, however, doesn't mean he isn't willing to use this imprint as a means to promote the work of other deserving artists. Musae marks the ...