Paquito D'Rivera Quntet?: Funk Tango (2007)
Regardless of the setting, or whether he's playing clarinet or alto sax, Brazilian samba or Peruvian festejos, the 59-year-old D'Rivera can be counted on to deliver dazzling and energetic performances that stretch the boundaries of Latin jazz. He shows his adventurous side on pianist Fernando Otero's rhythmically darting "Milonga 10"; his romantic side on Astor Piazzolla's tango classic "Revirado," featuring the wonderful Hector Del Curto on bandoneon; and his ability to flat-out blow on the fast-paced post-bop title tune.
Also worth noting is the indispensable contribution of Argentina's Diego Urcola, D'Rivera's longtime trumpeter, who makes an auspicious debut here on valve trombone.
Track Listing: Pere; What About That?; Revirado; Contradanza; Milonga 10; Last Waltz; Funk-Tango; Mariela's Dream; La Yumba/Caravan; Como Un Bolero; Giant Steps.
Personnel: Paquito D'Rivera: alto sax, clarinet; Diego Urcola: trumpet, valve trombone; Alon Yavnai: piano; Oscar Stagnaro: electric bass; Marc Walker: drums; Pernell Saturnino: percussion; Hector Del Curto: bandoneon; Pablo Stagnaro: cajon; Ed Simon: piano; Fernando Otero: piano.
Record Label: Sunnyside Records