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Paquito D’Rivera, Saxophone, Clarinet, Music Director
Sean Jones, Trumpet
Ryan Kisor, Trumpet
Marcus Printup, Trumpet
Diego Urcula, Trumpet
Chris Crenshaw, Trombone
Vincent R. Gardner, Trombone
Elliot Mason, Trombone
Douglas Purviance, Trombone
Sherman Irby, Alto Saxophone
Ted Nash, Alto Saxophone
Walter Blanding, Tenor Saxophone
Victor Goines, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Temperley, Baritone Saxophone
Manuel Valera, Piano
Carlos Henriquez, Bass
Horacio Hernandez, Drums
Richard Padrón, Guitar
Pedro Martinez, Percussion

Brenda Feliciano, Guest Vocals

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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
December 6, 2008

Program: Selected from: Mambo a la Kenton (A. Romeo), Cicuta Tibia (E. Duarte), I Remember Diz (P. D’Rivera), Danza Caracteristica (L. Brouwer), Drume Negrita (E. Grenet), Mambo Inn (M. Bauzá), Basstraunat (P. D’Rivera), Como Fué (E. Duarte), Undercurrent Blues (A. O’Farrill), Samba for Carmen (P. D’Rivera), Modo Cubano (P. Escalante), Andalucia (E. Lecuona), A Lo Tristano (P. D’Rivera), Jim Kuyef (C. Valdes).

What could be more fun, energetic, and lusciously musical than a Paquito D’Rivera concert, with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and a program that features Latin orchestral rhythms and song. Paquito tells jokes, honors the greats, flatters the audience, leads the Orchestra, and plays clarinet and saxophones in between. This was a sold-out engagement at Rose Theater, and Paquito kept the audience happy from start to finale.

The concert began with piped-in singing, Cuban genre, and led to a wild trumpet solo. “Mambo a la Kenton” was next, with vibrant full-band Mambo and a polished clavé beat. Paquito paid tribute to Dizzy Gillespie with his own “I Remember Diz”, as he switched sax for clarinet, with vivacious trumpet and trombone solos, before Paquito played his own solo with warbling warmth. From the start of the program, Paquito casually conversed with the audience, telling anecdotes and introducing the next numbers. In Cuban Big band fashion, the Orchestra played a danceable rhumba, and an elegant couple walked slowly to the stage, the woman fanning herself, and they stylistically danced. “Danza Caracteristica” was next, featuring Richard Padrón on guitar, and mixed atonal passages contrasted with sparkling string dynamics. Long instrumental improvisations included a percussive riff and contemporary orchestral antics.

Soon the congas were pulsating, with vocals, sax, percussion, and piano, highlighting Walter Blanding, Pedro Martinez, and Manuel Valera. “Mambo Inn” featured Joe Temperley on baritone sax, and the dance rhythms were brief, buoyant, and breezy. “Undercurrent Blues”, by Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill, combined Be-Bop, Cuban, and Swing. Paquito’s “Samba for Carmen”, arranged by O’Farrill, was all bubbly Brazilian, and fit right in with Paquito’s “Basstronaut”, with trumpet and sax solos. The Latin Mambo rhythms were increasingly vivid, and Paquito’s clarinet raced along with the percussive tempo. Victor Goines led “Como Fué”, on tenor sax, while “Modo Cubano” jumped with the full Orchestra’s percussive spirit. When Lecuona’s “Andalucia” was introduced, so was Brenda Feliciano, with operatic talent and theatrical delivery. Her song was clear, freshly interpreted, and a delight to experience, with extra pizzazz and passion.

Diego Urcola, an Argentinean trumpet virtuoso, blasted forth with a busy solo, between musical and percussive segments, before the partnered dancers returned in “danzón”, the former official dance of Cuba. Brenda Feliciano also returned for an encore of refrains from “Andalucia”. Check the Jazz at Lincoln Center Calendar for future Jazz at Lincoln Center Productions.

Paquito D’Rivera w/ JLCO in Rose Theater
Courtesy of Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center

Paquito D’Rivera w/ JLCO in Rose Theater
Courtesy of Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center

Paquito D’Rivera w/ JLCO in Rose Theater
Courtesy of Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center

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