Dafnis Prieto Big Band

Danzonish Potpourri


From the album Back to the Sunset
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Dafnis Prieto’s biggest statement yet.

“a 17-piece big band … alternately playing with heat and heart”
— JazzTimes Editor’s Pick 

Dafnison Music releases Prieto’s debut big band album at the label’s 10th Anniversary

Inspired to make his biggest statement yet, Cuban-born drummer, composer, bandleader, and 2011 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Dafnis Prieto is thrilled to release the Dafnis Prieto Big Band’s (DPBB) debut album, Back to the Sunset, on Friday, April 6, 2018 on Prieto’s independent music label, Dafnison Music, celebrating ten years as a record label in April 2018. On this project Prieto is collaborating with GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY-winning producer Eric Oberstein, heralded for his work producing large ensemble recordings.

The DPBB made its world premiere over three exhilarating nights, August 25-27, 2017, at New York’s Jazz Standard. Immediately following the premiere, the DPBB recorded at Systems Two Recording Studios in Brooklyn August 28-29, 2017, joined by special guests Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, and Brian Lynch.

One of the leading musical voices of his generation, Prieto composed and arranged nine works for the album, showcasing his talents as a trailblazing composer while honoring his musical heroes and mentors including Eddie Palmieri, Chico O’Farrill, Bebo Valdés, Jane Bunnett, and Michel Camilo (in addition to Threadgill, Coleman, and Lynch, among others). Back to the Sunset is Prieto’s seventh recording as a leader, and is a deeply personal, handcrafted statement, as well as an acknowledgment of the musical figures that shaped his development.

TRACK LIST-  All compositions & arrangements by Dafnis Prieto

  1. Una Vez Más (7:28) featuring Brian Lynch (trumpet). Dedicated to Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri & Brian Lynch.
  2. The Sooner the Better (9:04). Dedicated to Egberto Gismonti & Jerry González.
  3. Out of the Bone (9:34). Dedicated to Steve Coleman & Michel Camilo.
  4. Back to the Sunset (7:29) featuring Henry Threadgill (alto sax). Dedicated to Henry Threadgill & Andrew Hill.
  5. Danzonish Potpourri (10:11). Dedicated to Bebo Valdés, Art Blakey & Jane Bunnett.
  6. Song for Chico (7:28) featuring Steve Coleman (alto sax). Dedicated to Chico O’Farrill, Arturo O’Farrill & Mario Bauzá.
  7. Prelude Para Rosa (8:04). Dedicated to Bobby Carcassés & Dave Samuels.
  8. Two For One (9:16). Dedicated to Buddy Rich, Chucho Valdés & Hermeto Pascoal.
  9. The Triumphant Journey (6:50). Dedicated to Dizzy Gillespie & Chano Pozo.


Mike Rodríguez, Trumpet, Flugelhorn

Nathan Eklund, Trumpet, Flugelhorn

Alex Sipiagin, Trumpet, Flugelhorn

Josh Deutsch, Trumpet, Flugelhorn

Román Filiú, Alto Sax, Soprano Sax, Flute, Clarinet

Michael Thomas, Alto Sax, Soprano Sax, Flute, Piccolo

Peter Apfelbaum, Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, Melodica

Joel Frahm, Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax

Chris Cheek, Bari Sax

Tim Albright, Trombone

Alan Ferber, Trombone

Jacob Garchik, Trombone

Jeff Nelson, Bass Trombone

Manuel Valera, Piano

Ricky Rodríguez, Acoustic & Electric Bass

Roberto Quintero, Congas, Bongos, Percussion

Dafnis Prieto, Drums & Music Director

Special Guests:

Brian Lynch, Trumpet (Track 1)

Henry Threadgill, Alto Sax (Track 4)

Steve Coleman, Alto Sax (Track 6)

Produced by Dafnis Prieto & Eric Oberstein

Danzonish Potpourri video link: https://youtu.be/kx0q5J1AuvA
The Making of Back to the Sunset video link: https://youtu.be/Cpdx_5Gh6cQ