Dafnis Prieto Sextet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Aug 4, 2012
Originally published on June 18, 2014 2:56 pm

Like his countryman Pedrito Martinez (also appearing at Newport this year), drummer Dafnis Prieto came over from Cuba around the turn of the century — promptly placing every rhythm section in New York City on notice. His next-level understanding of the clave, combined with his seeming willingness to try anything that grooves, led to his nomination as a MacArthur Fellow last year. That cast of mind powering a sextet with horns will prove volatile, as it did on his 2008 album Taking The Soul For A Walk. On stage, it's liable to cause bug-eyed amazement if onlookers aren't careful.

Set List

  • "Just Say It"
  • "The Sooner The Better"
  • "Comandante"
  • "Until The Last Minute"
  • "Two For One"
  • "En Las Ruinas De Su Infancia"
  • "Emergency Call"


  • Dafnis Prieto, drums
  • Peter Apfelbaum, saxophones
  • Felipe Lamoglia, saxophones
  • Ralph Alessi, trumpet
  • Manuel Valera, piano
  • Yunior Terry, bass
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