Paquito D'Rivera performs with the Kaia String Quartet.

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Toast Of The Nation

Paquito D'Rivera: Live In ChicagoWBGO-FM

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The reedman Paquito D'Rivera has made a career out of crossing genres. Born in Cuba, his larder is never out of Afro-Caribbean and Latin American sounds; he's made a name for himself as a jazz virtuoso and classical performer. Chicago's Latino Music Festival took advantage this year. Artistic director Elbio Barilari, himself a composer (and host of Fiesta! on the WFMT Radio Network, and professor, and author), invited D'Rivera to headline his festival, including a performance of Barilari's own "Musings on the Nature of Time" — a response to Mozart's Clarinet Quintet featuring the Kaia String Quartet.

Set List
  • "I Love You" (Cole Porter)
  • "Preludio y Merengue" (D'Rivera)
  • "Al Fin Te Vie" (Ernesto Lecuona)
  • "Musings on the Nature of Time" (Barilari)
  • "Canyengue" (Barilari)
  • "Aires Tropicales" (D'Rivera)
Personnel
  • Paquito D'Rivera, clarinet
  • Rick Ferguson, piano
  • Larry Gray, bass
  • Ernie Adams, drums
  • Victoria Moreira, violin
  • Naomi Culp, violin
  • Sixto Franco Chordá, viola
  • Veronica Nettles, cello
Credits

Max Evert and Grank Gilbert (Mayne Stage), recording engineers. Neil Tevault/NPR, mix engineer. Recorded Dec. 15, 2013.

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