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Paquito d'Rivera was long enamored with the tango as he was growing up and playing jazz in his native Cuba. After fleeing his homeland during the 1970s, he made a name for himself as a versatile alto saxophonist and clarinetist playing Latin jazz, bop, classical music, and more, though he longed to do an album of tango music. His 2010 concerts at Lincoln Center gave him the opportunity to play a blend of tango and jazz, not exactly the more tightly arranged traditional tango or Astor Piazzolla's "new tango," but a blend of tango themes and instrumentation with a lively dose of jazz improvisation. Bassist Pablo Aslan contributed most of the arrangements, while the cast included trumpeter Gustavo Bergalli, either Pablo Agri or Nicolas Danielson on violin, Michael Zisman or Raul Jaurena on bandoneon, plus pianist Abel Rogantini and drummer Daniel Piazzolla. Among the highlights are Aslan's driving "Beto," d'Rivera's haunting ballad "Bandoneón" featuring his lyrical clarinet, Astor Piazzolla's intense "Tanguajira," and a melancholy "Goodbye" (long used by Benny Goodman to wrap concerts) that remarkably changes its character with the tango instrumentation. Recommended.

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Bravo Paquito!

Only Paquito can combine Son Cubano and Tango to create music that makes your heart and soul want to dance!


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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