Moving Latin Jazz Forward – Dafnis Prieto Si o Si Quartet Live

by chipboaz on December 5, 2016

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Latin Jazz sounds drastically different today than the classic sounds of the fourties that most people associate with the style. This isn’t surprising; most musical styles evolve over time and we’re looking at Latin Jazz decades later. Cultural connections, political movements, and industry influences have all pushed Latin Jazz in different directions. Important musicians have certainly played a part in these changes, finding creative ways to integrate new ideas into a genre. It would be naive to say that certain individuals single handedly innovated a new direction in Latin Jazz; musical changes are the result of many influences coming together over time. Still, it’s important to recognize the musicians that have helped us find modern approaches to the music that we love.

When we’re looking back from the year 3000 and having this conversation about Latin Jazz in the early 2000s, we’re certainly going to hear the name Dafnis Prieto. Since arriving in New York from Cuba in 1999, Prieto has been a whirlwind of activity that has redefined modern Latin Jazz. His prodigious skills as a drummer have led a number of band leaders to recruit him for both performances and recordings, including Eddie Palmieri, Henry Threadgill, Michel Camilo, Arturo O’Farrill, Steve Coleman, and many more. As a bandleader, Prieto has recorded six albums, showcasing his inventive writing that finds connections between traditional Cuban music, post modern jazz, and classical music. Prieto is a bold, intelligent player and writer, exploring his musical concepts through a variety of groups, ranging from a quartet to a sextet, and even a trio featuring spoken word. Today’s video find Prieto performing a track from his album Si O Si Quartet Live At Jazz Standard NYC Still young in his career, Prieto is a restless creative, finding new ways to interpret Latin Jazz as it moves into its next evolution.

Don’t forget – Dafnis Prieto is currently fundraising for his big band release Tribute. This sounds like an amazing project. Don’t wait – contribute to the campaign now to make this album a reality! You can do that HERE.

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Check out recent Latin Jazz videos:
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Chucho Valdes And Michel Camilo Performing El Manisero
Cutting Edge Brazilian Jazz From Hermeto Pascoal
Okonkolo Concertante From Cuban Saxophonist Yosvany Terry
Paquito D’Rivera And The Panamericana Ensemble Performing Live

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