From the album Back to the Sunset
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DAFNIS PRIETO BIG BAND-BACK TO THE SUNSET
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
- Una Vez Más (7:28) featuring Brian Lynch (trumpet). Dedicated to Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri & Brian Lynch.
- The Sooner the Better (9:04). Dedicated to Egberto Gismonti & Jerry González.
- Out of the Bone (9:34). Dedicated to Steve Coleman & Michel Camilo.
- Back to the Sunset (7:29) featuring Henry Threadgill (alto sax). Dedicated to Henry Threadgill & Andrew Hill.
- Danzonish Potpourri (10:11). Dedicated to Bebo Valdés, Art Blakey & Jane Bunnett.
- Song for Chico (7:28) featuring Steve Coleman (alto sax). Dedicated to Chico O’Farrill, Arturo O’Farrill & Mario Bauzá.
- Prelude Para Rosa (8:04). Dedicated to Bobby Carcassés & Dave Samuels.
- Two For One (9:16). Dedicated to Buddy Rich, Chucho Valdés & Hermeto Pascoal.
- The Triumphant Journey (6:50). Dedicated to Dizzy Gillespie & Chano Pozo.
DAFNIS PRIETO BIG BAND
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
Brian Lynch, Trumpet (Track 1)
Henry Threadgill, Alto Sax (Track 4)
Steve Coleman, Alto Sax (Track 6)
Produced by Dafnis Prieto & Eric Oberstein