New York Suite (1980), Paquito D'Rivera

Amherst Saxophone Quartet manages to soften the impact

Works reviewed: 
Quartet for Saxophones (1987), Elliot A. Del Borgo
Quartet for Saxophones (1990), Tayloe Harding
New York Suite (1980), Paquito D'Rivera
Petit Quatuor pour Saxophones, Jean Francaix
Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Dec 5 1994
By: 
Thomas Putnam

Consider the impact of a saxophone quartet, which makes a forceful sound that owes much to the brassy and reedy tone of the instruments. That impact owes something, too, to the character of the saxophone, which is not by nature an intimate conversationalist.

Played with the skill of the Amherst Saxophone Quartet, music for the ensemble can knock you on the head and leave you smiling. The delicacies of this performing group are therefore much appreciated, as a kind of other side to the coin. Read more »

D'Rivera, Paquito

1948 —

Paquito D'Rivera was born in Havana Cuba. He was a child prodigy, playing the clarinet and the saxophone and performing with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra at a very early age. Later he founded the Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna and Irakere whose explosive mixture of Jazz, Rock, Classical and traditional Cuban music had never been heard before. Read more »

D'Rivera, Paquito

1948 —

Grammy Award winner PAQUITO D'RIVERA was born in Havana Cuba. By 1988, Mr. D'Rivera had become a founding member of and soloist with Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra, a IS-piece ensemble organized to showcase the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences into the jazz genre. Since his defection from Cuba, Paquito D'Rivera has taken command of his role as a cross-cultural ambassador, creating and promoting a multinational style that moves from Bebop to Latin to Mozart. Read more »

New York Suite (1980), Paquito D'Rivera

Genre: 
Sax Quartets 1978 - Present
Composer: 
D'Rivera
Composer First Names: 
Paquito
Composition Date: 
1980
Composed for the ASQ: 
Sound Samples
Movement: 
Sofia (Bulgaria)
Movement: 
Waltz (on a theme by Chucho Valdez
Movement: 
Monk-tuno
Movement: 
Escape to Dreamland
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