DAFNIS PRIETO BIG BAND BACK TO THE SUNSET

"one of the best recordings of the year" 
DownBeat Editors' Pick

"a 17-piece big band ... alternately playing with heat and heart" 
JazzTimes Editor's Pick

"The group pulls down snugly around [Prieto's] elaborate compositions, creating a fluid momentum in a range of styles" 
The New York Times

"expresses the sheer force and depth of field that only a big band can achieve" 
The Wall Street Journal

"The success of [Prieto's] experiment is clear" 
WBGO

"big band gold" 
The Huffington Post

"masterful" 
All About Jazz

"invigorating, imaginative, and rhythmically exhilarating" 
All About Jazz

"The 17-member ensemble roars, rollicks, rumbas, and purrs its way through nine original pieces.... Back to the Sunset is a treasure"
Step Tempest

"Prieto’s gifts as a composer, arranger and ensemble-driving drummer are on full display throughout a set of swirling, color-filled compositions"
Venice Magazine


DownBeat, "Exploding Imagination" by Ted Panken (May 2018)

DownBeat, "Editors' Picks: Dafnis Prieto Big Band 'Back to the Sunset'" by Frank Alkyer (April 2018)

The New York Times, "The Playlist" by Giovanni Russonello (April 6, 2018)

The Wall Street Journal, "‘Back to the Sunset’ Review: A Cuban Drummer Realizes His Grandest Dream" by Larry Blumenfeld (April 2, 2018)

WBGO, "Hear Ecstatic New Music by Dafnis Prieto, Brad Mehldau and Meshell Ndegeocello in Take Five" by Nate Chinen (March 26, 2018)

All About Jazz, "Review: Dafnis Prieto Big Band 'Back to the Sunset'" by Troy Dostert (April 7, 2018)


DAFNIS PRIETO BIG BAND WORLD PREMIERE

Paste, "Jazz Notes from NYC: Everything You Need to Swing. Dafnis Prieto's Big Idea" by Bill Milkowski (September 13, 2017)

WBGO, "Drummer and Composer Dafnis Prieto Extends His Reach with a Big Band Debut" by Nate Chinen (August 24, 2017)

The New York Times, "Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week: Dafnis Prieto Big Band" by Giovanni Russonello (August 24, 2017)

DAFNIS PRIETO BIG BAND at Jazz Standard (Aug. 25-27, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Prieto, a buoyant drummer, writes music that lends an illusion of constant expansion to even the smallest ensembles. Whether he’s playing with a trio, a quartet or a slightly bigger band, he’s always assembling and realigning his components, pushing into new directions and adding layers without bogging things down. Until now, he’s never led a big band, but it’s easy to see why the challenge would appeal to him. These shows will be the first for this 17-piece band, which includes the remarkable saxophonists Roman Filiu and Chris Cheek, the pianist Manuel Valera, and the percussionist Roberto Quintero.
— Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times

Soundcheck/WNYC, "Gig Alert: Dafnis Prieto Big Band at The Jazz Standard" (August 25, 2017)

WKCR, "Dafnis Prieto & Eric Oberstein Interview with Sharif Abdus-Salaam" (August 24, 2017)

Jazz Speaks/The Jazz Gallery, "Roots and Tributes: Dafnis Prieto Speaks" by Kevin Laskey (May 16, 2017)


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