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