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This best-of marks the six years that Cuban saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera spent on Columbia Records, between 1981 and 1987. This was a period when the great jazzman walked the knife's edge between very commercial-sounding Latin-tinged jazz and the burning sound of his return to his roots. There is a phenomenal version of "On Green Dolphin Street" here, and Michel Camilo's "Just Kiddin'" evokes Dizzy Gillespie's "Salt Peanuts" in a quote near the beginning. The burning salsero "Manteca" is also here, as are some beautiful midtempo ballads such as D'Rivera's own "Song for Maura" and classically graced "Wapango." A fine introduction.


Born: June 4, 1948 in Havana, Cuba

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Cuba-born and New York-based saxophonist and clarinet player Paquito D'Rivera has balanced a career in Latin jazz with commissions as a classical composer and appearances with symphony orchestras. Classical New Jersey wrote, "Whether playing Bach or post-bop, D'Rivera's mastery of the instruments and [his] expressive capability is unquestionable." D'Rivera inherited his understanding of music from his father, Tito, a classical saxophonist and conductor. At the age of five, he began being tutored...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Latino, Music, Jazz, Latin Jazz
  • Released: Mar 12, 2002

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