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ARTIST
Dafnis Prieto Sextet

TITLE
Taking the Soul for a Walk

RELEASE DATE
March 3, 2008

LABEL
Dafnison Music

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TRACK LIST

All compositions by Dafnis Prieto

1. Taking the Soul for a Walk

2. The Sooner the Better

3. En Las Ruinas De Su Infancia

4. Until the Last Minute

5. Comandante

6. Just Say It

7. Tell Me About Her

8. Two Excuses

9. I Felt You Were Coming

10. Prelude Para Rosa

11. You'll Never Say Yes

12. Emergency Call

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DAFNIS PRIETO SEXTET

Avishai Cohen, Trumpet
Peter Apfelbaum, Soprano & Tenor Sax, Melodica
Yosvany Terry, Soprano & Alto Sax
Manuel Valera, Piano & Fender Rhodes
Yunior Terry, Bass
Dafnis Prieto, Drums

Itai Kriss, Flute on Track 10

Produced by Roberto Occhipinti

Executive Producer: Dafnis Prieto

Recorded by Joe Marciano at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY, October 2007

Mixed by John ‘Beetle’ Bailey at Carousel Music Productions, Canada

Mastered by Peter J. Moore at The E Room, Toronto, Canada

Design by Lisa Walters Designs


 


 
Drummer Dafnis Prieto’s third release as a leader shows him to be a composer of considerable depth. ‘Taking the Soul for a Walk’ offers 12 pieces of precise, propulsive polyrhythm and intricate parts. There’s plenty of solo playing, but the power of this music is in the ensemble’s confident communication. The performances have a sense of community, and despite the structural, harmonic and rhythmic complexity, the music packs an emotional punch... This is a splendid album that stands up to many listenings.
— Ned Sublette, DownBeat (**** 1/2 stars)

Never has the line between traditional Latin-jazz and 21st-century postbop been so wonderfully blurred as on ‘Taking the Soul for a Walk’. Drummer-composer Dafnis Prieto outlines the dance rhythms of his native Cuba, but his sextet adds complexity that evokes John Lewis’ quote about Duke Ellington: ‘His music was too exciting to dance to’. …. Subversive genre-bending or not, ‘Taking the Soul for a Walk’ is solidly in the pocket – and it’s glorious.
— Michael J. West, JazzTimes

(Prieto) has transformed Afro-Cuban rhythms to the trap set with a light touch and a gracefully deceptive manner of speeding up and slowing down tempos. These pieces are emotionally charged and stylistically diverse, carried along not just by rhythm but also through lovely harmonized passages, horn fanfares, and powerfully conjured moods.
— Larry Blumenfeld, The Wall Street Journal