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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.

Customer Reviews

Phew!!!

I cannot believe this is his debut as a leader. These tunes are some of the most complex pieces I've heard. The piece that really got me at first was "Tumba Francesca"; it has that really ethereal, flowing intro, and then it kicks into full gear. Needless to say, his drum solo on this piece is incredible. "Danzon Santa Clara" is another great tune. It's a very tasteful rollercoaster of a piece; a fiery intro, followed by a very cool, lighter sax line. Fast forward a couple minutes, and Dafnis Prieto takes command with one of the best drum solos I've heard in a long time. He's ridiculous; blazing fills, playing over the barline, soloing while playing the clave, this guy does it all! Everything else on this album is great as well. "About the Monks" establishes Dafnis Prieto as one of the master drummers of this generation; great technique, great feel, great composition skills, etc.

About the Monks

Unique and appealing original composition, superior musicianship throughout, a great sounding recording and complex, deeply felt drumming sure to astound all fans of latin jazz. Dafnis Prieto follows in the grand tradition of the greatest afro-cuban style drummer/percussionists such as Changuito, Horacio Hernandez and Ignacio Berroa. if you haven't yet heard him, this album would be a choice way to become acquainted with one of the young giants of the drums and latin jazz. You will not be dissapointed. I can't wait to hear Prieto's next release!

Excellent album, excellent drummer

oh man, just trust me, you will not be disappointed. I mean, if you managed to stumble upon this page, you're probably already into jazz anyway. So buy this cd cause its great.

Biography

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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