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Dafnis Prieto Sextet
This is not your grandfather’s Latin jazz. An acclaimed composer and visionary bandleader, Cuban drum maestro Dafnis Prieto is in the vanguard of a brilliant movement of Latin American musicians reshaping the New York jazz scene. The 2011 recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, he’s a conservatory-trained virtuoso who combines vast knowledge of Afro-Cuban folkloric rhythms with jazz’s post-bop forms. Prieto’s sextet brims with similarly dazzling talents, and he’s celebrating the release of the band’s eagerly awaited second album Triangles and Circles featuring a superlative cast including saxophonists Peter Apfelbaum and Felipe Lamoglia, trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, pianist Manuel Valera, and bassist Johannes Weidenmueller.