Dafnis Prieto Absolute Quintet

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Released by Zoho Muic, 2006
Released by Dafnison Music, 2011
All composition by Dafnis Prieto
Published by Dafnison Music (BMI)

“In a remarkably fertile period for Latin-infused jazz in New York, the drummer Dafnis Prieto stands out for his energy, his creativity and, perhaps most of all, his borderless musical worldview.
– Nate Chinen, The New York Times

“Cuban drummer/percussionist Dafnis Prieto is a wunderkind who absorbs various musical channels and influences, not just Afro-Cuban music. With violinist Christian Howes, keyboardist Jason Lindner and others, the quintet sprinkles the Latin jazz genre with East Indian modal practices, turbulent groove-based movements and more. Prieto’s compositions, which feature strings, horns and fast-moving thematic forays, are firmed up with strong melody lines and breakneck speed diversions. But it all makes near-perfect sense. Not only is Prieto carving out an impressive sideman persona, but he’s also looming as a forward-thinking jazz acolyte who mingles enviable chops with a new approach to modern jazz.”
–Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz 

“… An all-round major musician and unquestionably one of the important leaders of the innovative New Latin Jazz movement currently coming out of New York.” Jazz Wise Magazine UK

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Christian Howes – Violin

Dana Leong – Cello

Yosvany Terry – Sax

Jason Lindner – Hammond Organ & Keys

Dafnis Prieto – Drums

Special Guest: Henry Threadgill – Alto Sax

Produced by Roberto Occhipinti

Executive Producer: Dafnis Prieto

Recorded by Joe Marciano at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY

Mixed by Jeff Wolpert at Desert Fish, Inc., Toronto

Mastered by Peter J. Moore at The “E” Room

CD cover by Ben Long

Musicians performing by Hans Wendl

Dafnis sitting with black background by Bill King

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