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Although Paquito D'Rivera is best known for his saxophone playing, he has played the clarinet as a second instrument. But on The Clarinetist, Vol. 1 he pleasantly surprises us by playing the clarinet exclusively. The CD is also surprising in that it isn't strictly a hardcore jazz effort; this time, the Cuban musician also draws on everything from classical to tango. On a more typical D'Rivera album you will hear hard swinging bop or post-bop with a strong Afro-Cuban influence -- in other words, Latin jazz. But Latin doesn't have to mean Afro-Cuban, and on Astor Piazzolla's three-part "Aconcagua/Concerto for Bandoneon" he acknowledges another Latin form: tango. Arguably the Charlie Parker of tango, Piazzolla was a major innovator whose music contained both jazz and classical influences. Piazzolla's instrument was the accordion-like bandoneon, but D'Rivera's arrangement of "Aconcagua" contains no bandoneon -- and a concerto for the bandoneon becomes a concerto for the clarinet. Also quite compelling are two D'Rivera originals ("Brussels in the Rain" and the Dizzy Gillespie-minded "Dizzyness") and a lush arrangement of Ray Tico's "Habana." D'Rivera brings a lot of sentiment to the alluring "Habana," which isn't surprising -- he was born and raised in the city that inspired Tico's melody. Those who have admired D'Rivera's clarinet playing should make a point of hearing this chance-taking CD.
Performance CreditsPaquito D'Rivera Primary Artist,Clarinet
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen Double Bass
Pablo Zinger Piano,Conductor
Wolfgang Haffner Drums
Pernell Saturnino Percussion
Frank Chastenier Piano
Triángulo de Eva Track Performer
Gustavo Tavares Cello
Technical CreditsLuis Tamargo Liner Notes
Johannes Wohlleben Producer,Engineer