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"
"big band gold"
— The Huffington Post
— 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)