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Paquito D’Rivera: Big Band Time

Paquito D’Rivera continues to amaze, adding to his impressive discography of bilingual excitement, this time fronting the WDR Big Band of Cologne on Big Band Time (Pimienta). The eight brass, five reeds and rhythm section of the WDR ensemble, ever evolving over its 50-year history, responds to the Cuban-born, Apple-based D’Rivera as if it plays every night in Havana. Much of the credit goes to its conductor, Bill Dobbins, who contributed half of the 10 arrangements, as well as to D’Rivera for his six originals and to guests trumpeter/flugelhornist Claudio Roditi, electric bassist Oscar Stagnaro, drummer Mark Walker and percussionist Pernell Saturnino.

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