Paquito D'Rivera

The Clarinetist, Volume One

Peregina Music PM50221

Paquito D'Rivera, clarinet with the European Art Orchestra and guests; Niels-Henning Orsted-Pedersen, bass; Wolfgand Haffner, drums; Frank Chastenier, piano; Pernel Saturino, percussion; Pablo Zinger, piano; Gustavo Tavares, cello

Since he received political asylum in the U.S. in 1980, having fled his native Cuba, Paquito has done much both revitalize the Latin Music scene in New York, and to educate American audiences concerning the diversity of Classical Cuban music. The first track, Serenade by Carlos Franzetti, demonstrates well the fusion of Latin American music's use of African syncopated rhythms, with 19th century European harmony and tone color. Tracks 2-4 comprise a Concerto originally for Bandoneon entitled Aconcagua by the great Argentinean tango master Astor Piazolla, and showcases the clarinet virtuosity of Paquito. This is followed by three tracks each an example of different Latin dance styles. The recording concludes with Angel Lasala's three-movement composition for clarinet piano and cello, an ambitious fusion of late Romantic tone color with Latin and South American harmonic and melodic ideas. All in all a very satisfying recording, even if it may, on the whole, be unfamiliar ground for many Jazz fans.

by Eric Lewis

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