Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"His arrival in the U.S. has been compared to that of an asteroid hitting New York. Indeed, in the relatively short period of time Dafnis Prieto's revolutionary drumming techniques have had an astronomical impact on both the Latin and jazz music scene,locally and internationally.
As a youngster Prieto studied at the school of Fine Arts in Santa Clara, Cuba. Later, he studied at the National School of Music in Havana, where he received a thorough classical education, and ever broadening knowledge of Afro-Cuban music, jazz and world music.
Dafnis has accumulated over ten years of experience as a professional musician. He has toured throughout Europe with a succession of talented pianists including Carlos Maza, Ramon Valle and the ground-breaking group, "Columna B."
In addition, Prieto has performed with Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana; Henry Threadgill and Zooid, Eddie Palmieri's Afro-Caribbean Jazz Orchestra; Chico O' Farrill's Afro-Cuban Jazz Project, Arturo O' Farrill and Riza Negra, Dave Samuels & The Caribbean Jazz Project; Peter Apfelbaum & The New York Hyrogliphics, D. D. Jackson Trio & Quartet; Ed Simon Trio, Roberto Occhipinti, Michel Camilo Trio, Chucho Valdes Quartet, Claudia Acuna, Roy Hargrove's Havana Crisol, Andrew Hill, Herbie Hancock; Arturo Sandoval.
Read on as Dafnis discusses his formative years in Cuba, his life in New York and About The Monks, his debut recording as a leader." -AllaboutJazz
Down Beat (p.69) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The best stuff comes when Prieto stretches out on his own, which is often. His aggressive snare attacks, stop-time rhythms and marching-band-like cadences give off a refreshing attitude."
Personnel: Dafnis Prieto (vocals, melodica, keyboards, drums, percussion); Dafnis Prieto; Hans Glawischnig (acoustic bass guitar, bass guitar); Ilmar Gavilan (violin); Yosvany Terry (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Brian Lynch (trumpet, flugelhorn); Luis Perdomo (piano, Fender Rhodes piano).
Audio Mixer: George Walker.
Recording information: Peter Karl Studio, Brooklyn, NY (2004); Walkerecordings (2004).
Drummer Dafnis Prieto's recording debut as a leader consists of nine of his originals. His songs are usually rhythmically complex but also contain strong melodies and challenging chord changes. Prieto takes some short solos (and is showcased on the closing "Conga en Ti"), but mostly plays behind his notable sidemen. Trumpeter Brian Lynch is on four selections, saxophonist Yosvany Terry is on six (displaying individual voices on alto, tenor, soprano, and chekere), and bassist Hans Glawischnig is quite skillful in the ensembles, but pianist Luis Perdomo often takes solo honors. Each of the musicians plays quite well and sounds inspired by the material. Violinist Ilmar Gavilan makes a guest appearance on "Mechanical Movement," fitting in comfortably on the adventurous original. Overall, this set features modern Afro-Cuban jazz with post-bop solos and plenty of unpredictability. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow