Ben Ratliff in the New York Times wrote that drummer/composer Dafnis Prieto hit New York like an asteroid when he arrived here from Cuba in 1999. He has performed with artists as diverse as Dave Samuels, Henry Threadgill and Eddie Palmieri.
Oliver Lakes biography reads like a description of the avant-garde that evolved from the free jazz movement rooted in Coletrane to the loft jazz scene in NYC during the 70s. Starting in St. Louis, Lake moved from Paris back to NYC with many of his colleagues like Julius Hemphill and Rashied Ali. This impulse culminated in the eyes of many when Lake, Hemphill, Hamiett Bluett and David Murray formed The World Saxophone Quartet in 1977. This group changed the way audiences heard jazz from the seats of Carnegie Hall to the smoky rooms of jazz clubs all over the world.