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Tri­an­gles and Cir­cles

Dafni­son Mu­sic Cuban drum­mer Daf­nis Pri­eto is a tech­ni­cal vir­tu­oso who can send jaws tum­bling to the floor with his own very orig­i­nal fu­sion of Afro-Cuban grooves and gnarly post-bop rhythms, flaw­lessly ex­e­cuted in a blur of hands and sticks. But it’s the bold mu­si­cal vi­sion and com­po­si­tional am­bi­tion that re­ally set the New York-based per­cus­sion­ist apart, and put him and his tal­ented sex­tet at the cut­ting edge of what some are call­ing Pan-Amer­i­can jazz. Recorded in stu­dio at the end of a week-long live en­gage­ment, the band – trum­peter Mike Ro­driguez, sax­o­phon­ists Peter Apfel­baum and Felipe Lamoglia, pi­anist Manuel Valera and bassist Jo­hannes Wei­den­mueller – burns with a white heat, nail­ing the leader’s com­plex but al­ways ap­proach­able charts and solo­ing with pas­sion and pur­pose.

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