2006 Grammy Nominee
Dafnis Prieto - Absolute Quintet
Harlem Stage at the Gate House (Aaron Davis Hall)
Friday, February 16, 7:30 PM
Yosvany Terry - sax
Dana Leong - cello
Christian Howes - violin
Jason Lindner - B3 organ and keys
Dafnis Prieto - drums
Harlem Stage is located at:
150 Convent Ave at West 135th Street
across from Aaron Davis Hall
2006 Grammy Nominee
Dafnis Prieto The Absolute Quintet
Dafnis Prieto, drums & percussion, Yosvany Terry, alto & tenor sax, Christian Howes, violin, Dana Leong, cello, Jason Lindner, piano and Hammond organ, Special guest Henry Threadgill, alto sax
Dafnis Prieto is not an ordinary drummer and Absolute Quintet is not a typical Latin jazz recording. Prieto knows the Cuban clave rhythms and is aware of the music's heritage. Yes, he plays fiercely, with an array of tools from his kit. Sure, he's got the juice, with quickness, precision and inventiveness. But if you listen closely, there are many other elements brewing on this, his second release as a leader. Like 2005's About The Monks, the new music has quirky rhythms and snaking patterns, matched with Prieto's everlively playing. But now he brushes his compositions with wider and more thoughtful strokes, making use of a dynamic new quintet featuring Jason Lindner (keyboards), Yosvany Terry (saxophones), Christian Howes (violin), Dana Leong (cello) and special guest artist Henry Threadgill (alto saxophone) on 'Afrotango.' Prieto navigates his bass-less ensemble through a variety of waters. On 'The Stutterer,' the drums and strings hold down a pulsing groove through wicked patterns. On the poignant, soulful Afrotango," Threadgill's earthy alto and Lindner's peculiar keyboards enhance a gypsy-like aura. Prieto's writing on One Day Suite" has sweeping overtones and vivid sections, each depicting the moods of morning, afternoon or night-- all different but musically appealing. Each instrument plays an integral role in the music. Howes and Leong are clearly versed in classical and freemodes; the violin and cello not only provide ambience, but also individuality on One Day Suite: Afternoon," with a chamber music sophistication. New Elephant" and"Renew Elephant" bring touches of icy impressionism, yet Prieto and Terry's rapid solos add heat. Innocent Bird" ends this colorful menagerie of sounds, drawing from many influences and also incorporating tinges of gospel organ, blues, and soul. The result is definitely something out of the ordinary"
-Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz
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