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The border between classical and jazz music has always been a fluid one, with composers from each camp finding inspiration on both sides of the divide. It wasn t long ago that Darius Milhaud, Igor Stravinsky and Bela Bartok were studying the exciting, extemporaneous new music of jazz musicians. Of course, many jazz musicians were just as transfixed by the historical developments made by classical composers.

The Grammy Award winning woodwind master Paquito D Rivera has a long history with classical music. As a young boy, he was introduced to a wide variety of music, from Mozart to Ellington, by his classical saxophone playing father in Cuba. On his new recording Jazz Meets the Classics, D Rivera and his wonderful ensemble have recorded intriguing arrangements of the classical repertoire of legendary composers, including Chopin, Beethoven and Mozart, for a jazz sextet.

D Rivera has long been a highly regarded clarinetist and saxophonist in the realms of jazz and Latin music. As a boy, he was regarded as a wunderkind on clarinet following in his father s classical performing footsteps. D Rivera was weaned on the music of Mozart and Beethoven but also on that of Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. For D Rivera, the bridge between classical and jazz was a natural one.

For the recording, D Rivera assembled a sextet of his regular collaborators, all astonishing musicians in their own right: trumpeter/trombonist Diego Urcola, pianist Alex Brown, bassist Oscar Stagnaro, percussionist Arturo Stable, and drummer Mark Walker. Special guest pianist Pepe Rivero was also featured on two arrangements of Chopin and an original piece that he wrote for the ensemble.

The ensemble convened and recorded the album live at Dizzy s Club Coca-Cola in New York City on June 14, 2012.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 5, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sunnyside Records
  • ASIN: B00LB9VXDC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,413 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CSS on August 24, 2014
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I've been hearing "Vals de Media Hora," D'Rivera's arrangement (with Pepe Rivero on piano) of Chopin's Waltz #6 In D Flat, Op. 64/1, "Minute," on my local jazz radio station KCSM and I fell in love with it. Had to have it. I listened to the rest of the album and liked some of the other classical arrangements, particularly another Chopin piece, "Fantasia Impromptu," but not as much as this one. Lovely stuff all around, though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By the X man on January 2, 2015
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theres a sound u hear in your head..and u spend ur life listening out for
the same sound coming from someone else..this is that sound!!!
fabulous when that happens..its like meeting the best friend u
never thought u had..love it!
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I was fortunate enough to be at the club for several nights when this CD was recorded. The delight I felt at each performance is most happily relived with this wonderful CD. Paquito often quotes Mr Ellington, "there are just two kinds of music: the good and the other stuff." This offering is a prime example of the good! Paquito leads the way and each member of the sextet is excellent, as always. Additionally, we have the treat of Pepe Rivero on several tracks with stellar performance all-around. This is a CD for all lovers of good music! I have several favorite tracks; I encourage you to pick your favorites, though you can't miss. Well-produced! Dig the melodies, the rhythms and the flava! Buy Jazz Meets the Classics, you'll be happy you did.
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