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About the Monks

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Since arriving in New York from Cuba in the late 1990s, the phenomenal young drummer Dafnis Prieto has enlivened everything he has touched, ranging from the tradition-socking bands of Eddie Palmieri and Chico O'Farrill to the boldy innovative outfits of Steve Coleman and Henry Threadgill. About the Monks, the first album under his name, is a sparkling debut that is conveniently labeled Latin jazz, but never sits still long enough to fit that description. Leading a terrific band including trumpeter and Latin jazz specialist Brian Lynch, saxophonist Yosvany Terry and oncoming Venezuelan pianist Luis Perdomo (whose new debut, Focus Point, is highly recommended), Prieto stages a stylistic carnival. His compositions are sly charmers, thriving on the expected clave beats, but also march rhythms, bursts of Colemanesque bop-funk and slashing stops and starts. Here making like Elvin Jones with his intricate, powerfully self-contained orchestrations, there providing visceral punch with a timbales-like sound, Prieto simply won't permit a dull moment to intrude on the music. --Lloyd Sachs

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. About The Monks
  2. Tumba Francesca
  3. Ironico Arlequin
  4. Danzon Santa Clara
  5. On And On
  6. Trio Absolute
  7. Mechanical Movement
  8. Interrupted Question
  9. Conga En Ti


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 20, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B000787ZQ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,814 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album is out of this world!! (as is his follow up album)

Dafnis' drumming is otherworldly but what most impressed me about this record was how thoughtful and inspired his compositions turned out to be. When I first started listening to the record I was so hypnotized by the tunes themselves that I forgot I had originally bought the record to listen to Dafnis play drums.

This is spirited and beautiful music played with an amazing amount of virtuosity! That combination is not always easy to find. If you like good music, get this!!!!!!!!
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Are drummers tested for performance-enhancing drugs? Are those Cubano cigars really a filter for some hypo-caffeine stimulant..coz' some of them rolls and flurries, tempo shifts and polyrhythms can't be natural. Whatever!! This guy really whacks his kit, but not gratuitously. This is a brilliant album, and, I think, better to hear Dafnis Prieto in a smaller ensemble than the Carribean Jazz Project, though that's another story. Anyway, dont miss out on this album - and, Daf-baby, keep smokin' .. whatever it is!!
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Had the chance to see Dafnis Prieto perform with Michel Camilo(an excellent pianist btw) at the Blue Note in NYC, and I was blown aways by his drumming. Dafnis definitely deserves all the accolades he has been receiving. This album is worth every penny!
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First let me say that Jazz is *not* my first love (or even my second or third love), so take my review for what it's worth. That said, Prieto's compositions are almost never boring, but sometimes I feel they are overly complex, and really demand more attention or musical insight than I have. But still, I can get my head into most of the tracks on this CD, and I listened to it a couple-dozen times, eventually coming to really enjoy what he's created. I think Jazz-lovers will probably really like it.

That's about the CD. Now let me tell you about seeing (and hearing) Prieto live: I've seen him 3 times, once with Arturo O'Farrill and twice with his own sextet. --- Oh My God. --- I don't think I've ever seen anyone drum like that, ever. To say he's incredible is a gross understatement. If you like percussion (in any musical genre), you just *must* see Prieto play live. His CDs cannot really capture what he does. So sure, buy the CD, but then find out where he's playing, grab some music-loving friends, and go see something amazing.
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saw him in person, and he was excellent. this outing let too many other players get in the way of his incredible drumming
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