THE NYC JAZZ RECORD: Danilo Pérez at Newport 2017

"Inside the fort, a hard-hitting ensemble directed by pianist Danilo Pérez performed Quincy Jones’ 'Jessica’s Day' and Dizzy Gillespie’s 'Cubano Be, Cubano Bop,' with strong solos by trumpeter Avishai Cohen, tenor saxophonist Chris Potter and conguero/vocalist Roman Díaz, after which Pérez played an amazing solo rendition of Thelonious Monk’s 'Pannonica' followed by a full-band, 7/4 treatment of Monk’s “Off Minor”, featuring a powerful extended solo from Potter, who was later joined by Pérez."

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DOWNBEAT: Clifford Brown Jazz Fest

The festival also provided two excellent avatars of the African musical diaspora in Latin jazz. Panamanian pianist-composer Pérez—a superbly mentored musician who worked with Dizzy Gillespie and has been a member of Wayne Shorter’s quartet for nearly 20 years—brought his Panama-centered “global jazz” to the stage with longtime cohorts drummer Adam Cruz and bassist Ben Street. Buoyed by Cruz’s Latin pulsations and Street’s anchoring basslines, Perez’s “Panama 500” danced with his country’s Afro-indigenous dance rhythms, and his centennial shout-out to Thelonious Monk featured riveting renditions of “Evidence,” “Think Of One” and “’Round Midnight.” Click here to read the full article.