On the one, yall!! Uh, except where the hell is one? You may need higher calculus to find it in the intricate arcs of the Dafnis Prieto Absolute Quintet. Not that the Cuban drummers band sounds labored or heady. On the contrary, they leap across the shifting, unwonted time-signatures like they were vamping on a simple son. This New York-based, no-bass bandwith violin, cello, keys, and altohas more to it, though, than just fascinating rhythm. Prieto brings to his compositions a strange and unusual balance of tradition, texture, and invention, some of the coolest Ive heard since Susie Ibarra. (Theres just something about drummers; its like they hear things differently.) Prietos racing in some new directions, and bringing his heart along with his notation book. All of which makes his band my bet for the most intriguing set of the Earshot Jazz Festivals first week.
Mon., Oct. 22, 7 & 9:30 p.m., 2007