October 2013 CD of the Month
Diego Rivera "The Contender" D Clef Records
A native of Michigan, Diego has amassed an extensive list of credits since 1999 when he toured nationally with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. His enthusiasm and commitment to education has led to his appointment as Associate Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Jazz Ensembles. However, his passion for composing, arranging and performing has never waned; he has been commissioned to write music for several major concerts and events as well as performing with the likes of Ellis Marsalis, Gerald Wilson, Christian McBride and Clark Terry-just to name several. For The Contender, señor Rivera honors his Mexican heritage with songs he wrote representing his ethnicity, moreover he composed dedications to Johnny Griffin and Rodney Whitaker in addition to performing some refreshing new takes on jazz chestnuts.
This is an outstanding CD from start to finish, featuring a variety of sounds guaranteed to please even the most discerning jazz fans. Diego Rivera’s The Contender proves that he’ll soon be harvesting a new crop of aficionados as well as contending for top honors among saxophonists.