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Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset (Dafnison)

Dafnis Prieto has always been one to think big in his music, but this is the first time he’s opted to actually go big. For this dynamic date, the drummer-composer assembled a 17-piece big band that proves more than capable of alternately playing with heat and heart, meeting this music’s complex rhythmic demands and delivering … Read More “Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset (Dafnison)”

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Dafnis Prieto Sextet: Triangles and Circles

This CD’s title and that of its opening selection, “Back and Forth,” exemplify the music: Shapes, shadings and tonalities swirl in and out, sometimes alternating, sometimes blending, sometimes juxtaposed. Emotionally, as well, it’s an exercise in shape-shifting and discovery. An elusive melancholy informs even some of the most celebratory offerings-minor-key structures, dark colorations in the … Read More “Dafnis Prieto Sextet: Triangles and Circles”

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