This remote recording at New York City’s Blue Note club captures a unique moment in the career of Paquito D’Rivera, one of the premier reed stylists of the last 30 years. With Dario Eskenazi (piano), Diego Urcola (trumpet), Oscar Stagnero (bass), Mark Walker (drums), Pernell Saturnino (percussion) and special guest Oriente Lopez (flute), Paquito rips the curtain open with “Curumim,” a burning Brazilian samba. Gone are the piercing high register shrills that once characterized his solos. Now, the Havana-born alto/soprano/clarinet player digs in with a mellower bebop attack that weaves fascinating lyrical stories.
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