Dafnis Prieto: Si o Si


Si o Si


Dafnis Prieto (drums)


Live at Jazz Standard NYC (Dafnison Music 002)

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Dafnis Prieto (drums), Peter Apfelbaum (tenor sax),

Manuel Valera (piano), Charles Flores (bass)


Composed by Dafnis Prieto


Recorded: Jazz Standard, New York, March 20-22, 2009


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Cuban-born Dafnis Prieto has now called New York his home for a decade, but he has more than established himself. Rather, he has emerged as one of the leading drummers of his generation, and his presence on any session assures a flexible and spirited rhythmic pulse. I especially admire his ability to play with intensity, yet avoid over-playing—a balancing act that many drummers never master. On this track, recorded live at Jazz Standard, he adapts constantly to the flow of the music, changing dynamics on a dime, or even engaging in an unconventional start-and-stop dialogue with piano or sax. Peter Apfelbaum, for his part, is also one of the most consistently creative artists on the scene, and is a true multi-instrumental threat who can move from horns to piano to drums with a frightening ease. His sax work here is exceptional, but less for its solo concept but more for its ways of interacting with the rest of the combo. The result here is a fascinating meeting point between jazz that thinks and jazz that feels. Si o Si!

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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