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Saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum (center) plays the melodica at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival, accompanied by Yunior Terry (left) on bass and Dafnis Prieto (right) on drums. (Erik Jacobs for NPR)

Dafnis Prieto Sextet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

by Patrick Jarenwattananon
Aug 4, 2012 (WBGO-FM)

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Like his countryman Pedrito Martinez (also appearing at Newport this year), drummer Dafnis Prieto came over from Cuba around the turn of the century — promptly placing every rhythm section in New York City on notice. His next-level understanding of the clave, combined with his seeming willingness to try anything that grooves, led to his nomination as a MacArthur Fellow last year. That cast of mind powering a sextet with horns will prove volatile, as it did on his 2008 album Taking The Soul For A Walk. On stage, it's liable to cause bug-eyed amazement if onlookers aren't careful.

Set List

  • "Just Say It"
  • "The Sooner The Better"
  • "Comandante"
  • "Until The Last Minute"
  • "Two For One"
  • "En Las Ruinas De Su Infancia"
  • "Emergency Call"


  • Dafnis Prieto, drums
  • Peter Apfelbaum, saxophones
  • Felipe Lamoglia, saxophones
  • Ralph Alessi, trumpet
  • Manuel Valera, piano
  • Yunior Terry, bass
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