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Album Review

Drummer Dafnis Prieto's recording debut as a leader consists of nine of his originals. His songs are usually rhythmically complex but also contain strong melodies and challenging chord changes. Prieto takes some short solos (and is showcased on the closing "Conga en Ti"), but mostly plays behind his notable sidemen. Trumpeter Brian Lynch is on four selections, saxophonist Yosvany Terry is on six (displaying individual voices on alto, tenor, soprano, and chekere), and bassist Hans Glawischnig is quite skillful in the ensembles, but pianist Luis Perdomo often takes solo honors. Each of the musicians plays quite well and sounds inspired by the material. Violinist Ilmar Gavilan makes a guest appearance on "Mechanical Movement," fitting in comfortably on the adventurous original. Overall, this set features modern Afro-Cuban jazz with post-bop solos and plenty of unpredictability. Recommended.


Born: 1974 in Santa Clara, Cuba

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s

Since his arrival in New York City at the tail-end of '90s, Cuban immigrant Dafnis Prieto has enjoyed a reputation for being a flexible and broad-minded drummer, percussionist, composer, and arranger who can handle post-bop and Latin jazz as well as the occasional avant-garde gig. Prieto brings a long list of influences to his playing, and they range from Art Blakey and Elvin Jones to Latin greats such as Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria and Tito Puente. Blakey, it should be noted, has not only influenced...
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