Dafnis Prieto plays more than meets the ear
Cuban drummer uses jazz as a jumping-off point
A drummer and bandleader who has become one of the most prolific and well-regarded in his craft since emigrating from Cuba to New York in 1999, Dafnis Prieto, 37, pays proper respect to his predecessors on the skins, from Art Blakey to Jack DeJohnette. But when the topic of influences comes up, Prieto is just as likely to point to the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali. That sense of creative contradiction inhabits the work of Prieto, who brings his Si o Si quartet to Scullers Wednesday.