Dafnis Prieto About the Monks

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Released by Zoho Music, 2005
Released by Dafnison Music, 2011
All compositions by Dafnis Prieto
Published by Dafnison Music (BMI)

“Since he arrived in New York in 1999, the Cuban drummer Dafnis Prieto has been translating centuries of hand-drum tradition into jazz percussion for the trap set. But he has developed his own compositional ambitions, and at last here’s the result. About the Monks, his own first record… some of the best of New York’s new Latin-jazz movement, distinguished by complex, jaggedly modern writing, but also by a deep cultural literacy of Cuban folklore.”
– Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

“If you’re curious about new directions in Latin jazz, then let percussionist Dafnis Prieto’s About the Monks point the way…  Prieto’s drumming is kinetic yet never overpowering. He unselfishly allows his band the lion’s share of the solos, yet his presence is the heartbeat of the recording.”
– Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz

“Editor’s Pick: Here’s the record a lot of the improvising Latin world has been waiting for…
Prieto is gifted. His drumming is light and forceful. He’s exceptionally interactive, talking back to the soloists…All the writing’s by Prieto and it’s often stunning…  Here’s the real deal.  Highly Recommended.”
– Peter Watrous –Descarga.com

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Yosvany Terry – Sax, Chekere

Brian Lynch – Trumpet

Luis Perdomo – Piano

Hans Glawischnig – Bass

Ilmar Gavilan – Violin

Dafnis Prieto – Drums

Produced by Roberto Occhipinti

Executive Producer: Dafnis Prieto

Recorded by Peter Karl at Peter Karl Studio, Brooklyn, NY, except track 9 at Walkerecordings

Mixed by George Walker at Walkerecordings

Mastered by Jeff Elliot at Reaction Studios

Photography by Sergio Royzen

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