Dafnis Prieto: Taking the Soul for a Walk


Taking the Soul For a Walk


Dafnis Prieto (drums)


Taking the Soul For a Walk (Dafnison Music 001)

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Dafnis Prieto (drums), Peter Apfelbaum (reeds), Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Yosvany Terry (reeds), Yunior Terry (bass), Manuel Valera (piano).

Composed by Dafnis Prieto


Recorded: Brooklyn, October 2007


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Taking the soul for a walk? But be prepared. This track is more like a triathlon than a pleasant stroll in the park with Dafnis. Prieto's edgy performance moves through the paces, starting with a serpentine melody on piano, which serves as an invitation to the horns. All the players are coy and reserved for the first two minutes, but from that point on this music goes into overdrive. The whole band gets high marks, but the closing drum solo, with conversational interjections from the piano and front line, is the highlight of the performance. Prieto is a dramatic artist, fusing the best of Latin and jazz in a crisp, invigorating sound all his own.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


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