In 1973 He was a founding member and co-director of the innovative musical ensemble Irakere.
The group blended Cuban folkloric elements with indigenous Cuban and West African rhythms.
Irakere became a musical laboratory, where innovations in both Afro-Cuban jazz and Cuban popular dance music were created.
So they signed with an American record label.
Together with the band, D’Rivera toured throughout the world and became a top-rated jazz ensemble.
In 1979, the group joined with American jazz and rock performers for a music festival.
Please refer to the terrific article about “Irakere”. Go here (ここに記事を添付しています)
In 1981, D’Rivera defected from Cuba and moved to the United States.
In 1988, he joined the United Nation Orchestra with a 15-piece ensemble organized by Dizzy Gillespie.
Dizzy Gillespie showed the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences with jazz.
I guess Dizzy Gillespie is the master of Paquito D’Rivera.
He has played “I remember Diz” many times.
Here is Paquito D’Rivera plays “I Remember Diz and A Night in Tunisia”.
Here is Paquito D’Rivera plays “I Remember Diz” with The USAF Band.
Here is Paquito DeRivera plays “Bosa Do Brooklyn”.