All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.
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 materialin this case, the tunes are all his compositionsand 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.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.