Paquito D’Rivera And The Panamericana Ensemble Performing Live

by chipboaz on December 2, 2016

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Latin Jazz really gets interesting when we start thinking beyond the standard notion of “Latin” rhythms behind jazz improvisation. That idea of “Latin” usually translates to Afro-Cuban rhythms; this is the most common cultural reference in Latin Jazz, but it’s certainly not the end of the story. Looking at the genre as one that draws upon cultures from throughout South America and the Caribbean opens so many more possibilities. It’s also a more realistic reflection of the music in the 21st Century, as musicians from Peru, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and beyond, make their make upon the international jazz scene. In this day and age, we need to think beyond standard notions.

There’s probably not another musician that has been more forward thinking in Latin Jazz than Cuban saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera. He has collaborated with musicians across South America and the Caribbean, embracing their musical and cultural traditions in a very public way. He’s done a lot to take the Latin Jazz world beyond our standard notions of the music and lead us confidently into a new era for the music. This larger view of Latin Jazz is even highly apparent in his work with the Panamericana Ensemble. This group extends his quintet – trumpet player Diego Urcola, Pianist Alon Yavnai, bassist Oscar Stagnaro, drummer Mark Walker, and percussionist Pernell Saturnino – with a number of musicians. These guests include Argentinean Bandoneon player Hector Del Cuerto, Venezuelan harpist Emar Castaneda, and cellist Dana Leona. It’s a brilliant performance that speaks to the past, present, and future of Latin Jazz.

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