All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

304

Dafnis Prieto Sextet: Taking the Soul for a Walk

By
Published:
Sign in to view read count
Dafnis Prieto Sextet: Taking the Soul for a Walk It's been almost a decade since drummer/percussionist/composer and arranger Dafnis Prieto came to New York from his native Cuba. Taking The Soul For A Walk is his third album and the first for his own label, Dafnison. Before adventuring on his own, Prieto spent a period working in a variety of jazz subgenres; which include latin ensembles led by Eddie Palmieri and Michel Camilo, as well as the avant-garde combos of Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman and Peter Apfelbaum.

In terms of his Afro-Cuban background and heritage, Taking The Soul For A Walk is not really latin jazz. Prieto has taken an Art Blakey-like approach in terms of working around original material—in this case, the tunes are all his compositions—and featuring players who have a cutting-edge sensibility. The inclusion of musicians like saxophonists Apfelbaum and Yosvany Terry, as well as trumpeter Avishai Cohen, lend a lot of free-bop into this project.

However, Prieto does display his latin roots on "Until The Last Minute," which after an opening piano introduction, launches into a bolero that the drummer dedicates to his mentor, the late conguero Miguel "Anga" Diaz. This track features an uncharacteristic solo from Apfelbaum on melodica. Following is "Comandante," a latinized original in which Prieto leads the way as the horns enter midway through the composition. On "Emergency Call," Prieto enters into a creative dialogue with pianist Manuel Valera until the ensemble enters at about the 90 second mark. In "Prelude Para Rosa," a composition dedicated to Prieto's mother, Itai Kriss plays the flute.

In sum, Taking The Soul For A Walk represents an ambitious project that showcases Prieto's development and eclectic vision.


Track Listing: Taking the Soul for a Walk; The Sooner the Better; En las Ruinas de su Infancia; Until the Last Minute; Comandante; Just Say It; Tell Me About Her; Two Excuses; I Felt You Were Coming; Prelude para Rosa; You'll Never Say Yes; Emergency Call.

Personnel: Dafnis Prieto: drums; Peter Apfelbaum: C soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, melodica; Yosvany Terry: Bb soprano saxophone, alto saxophone; Avishai Cohen: trumpet; Yunior Terry: acoustic bass; Manuel Valera: piano, Fender Rhodes; Itai Kriss: flute (10).

Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Dafnison Music | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop For Jazz

Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Proverb Trio
Proverb Trio
Dafnison Music
2012
buy
Live at Jazz Standard NYC
Live at Jazz Standard...
Dafnison Music
2009
buy
Taking the Soul for a Walk
Taking the Soul for a...
Dafnison Music
2008
buy
Absolute Quintet
Absolute Quintet
Zoho Music
2006
buy
About The Monks
About The Monks
Zoho Music
2005
buy
Cal Tjader Cal Tjader
vibraphone
Paquito D'Rivera Paquito D'Rivera
saxophone
Tito Puente Tito Puente
band/orchestra
Bobby Sanabria Bobby Sanabria
percussion

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.