Portraits of Cuba

Portraits of Cuba

by Paquito D'Rivera
     
 

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Because Paquito D'Rivera is such a compelling improviser, one greets a heavily arranged and orchestrated session like Portraits of Cuba with some apprehension. But as it turns out, such apprehension is unwarranted, for the Cuban saxman/clarinetist still has enough room to solo and say what needs to be said. With this 1996 session, which was arranged and

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Because Paquito D'Rivera is such a compelling improviser, one greets a heavily arranged and orchestrated session like Portraits of Cuba with some apprehension. But as it turns out, such apprehension is unwarranted, for the Cuban saxman/clarinetist still has enough room to solo and say what needs to be said. With this 1996 session, which was arranged and conducted by Carlos Franzetti and finds D'Rivera backed by combinations of up to 14 musicians, D'Rivera envisioned an Afro-Cuban equivalent of Miles Davis' Sketches of Spain -- and, to be sure, there are some parallels. Franzetti's classical-influenced arrangements recall Gil Evans' work with Davis, and D'Rivera paints an orchestral jazz picture of Cuba much as Davis painted an orchestral jazz picture of Spain. The key phrase here is "jazz picture" -- D'Rivera approaches famous Cuban songs like Ignacio Pineiro's "Echale Salsita" and Ernesto Lecuona's "Como Arrullo de Palmas" from an instrumental jazz perspective; this is jazz with both Afro-Cuban and classical elements, but it's jazz first and foremost. Recorded in New York around the time of the infamous Blizzard of 1996 -- which dumped up to three feet of snow on parts of the Northeastern U.S. -- Portraits of Cuba is among D'Rivera's most essential recordings.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2005
Label:
Chesky Records
UPC:
0090368029867
catalogNumber:
298

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paquito D'Rivera   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Interviewee
Lew Soloff   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Carlos Franzetti   Piano,Conductor
David Taylor   Bass Trombone
John Clark   French Horn
Gustavo Bergalli   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Andres Boiarsky   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Dario Eskenazi   Piano
Lawrence Feldman   Flute,Alto Saxophone
David Finck   Bass
Bob Millikan   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dick Oatts   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Roger Rosenberg   Bassoon,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Diego Urcola   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mark Walker   Drums
James Pugh   Trombone
Thomas Christensen   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Pernell Saturnino   Percussion
Allison Brewster Franzetti   Piano
Tom Christensen   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
David Earl Taylor   Bass Trombone

Technical Credits

David Chesky   Producer,Liner Notes
Carlos Franzetti   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Norman Chesky   Executive Producer
Bob Katz   Engineer
Roger Rosenberg   Contributor
Eliseo Grenet   Composer
Lisa J. Marks   Production Director
Alan Nahigian   Session Photographer
Allison Brewster Franzetti   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Ernesto Grenet   Composer
Cesar Portillo de la Luz   Composer
Jose White   Composer
E. Daniel   Composer
Eduardo Sanchez De Fuentes   Composer

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