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Caribbean Jazz Project featuring Dave Samuels: Mosaic

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Mosaic is the first studio album since 2003 by the Carribean Jazz Project, led by vibes/marimba specialist Dave Samuels. Drawing on a variety of Afro-Cuban, Venezuelan, Peruvian, Jamaican and other North American rhythms, this release features three different bands. On four tracks, Samuels leads a quintet with keyboardist Alain Mallet, bassist Boris Kozlov, drummer Dafnis Prieto and percussionist Roberto Quintero. Two other tracks feature violinist Christian Howes, and the remaining three selections find Samuels reunited with former CJP co-founders reedman Paquito D'Rivera and steel pan player Andy Narell.

Best known for his lengthy tenure with Spyro Gyra, Samuels' resume also ...

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Andy LaVerne & Dave Samuels: Between Earth & Mars

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Like label mate Harold Danko, pianist Andy LaVerne possesses talent that should be commensurate with a much broader public awareness. One of sax legend Stan Getz’s favorite accompanists, LaVerne has built a sizable catalog for SteepleChase over the past two decades- some 18 strong- with Between Earth & Mars serving as a reunion with vibraphonist Dave Samuels. Also thrown into the mix is bassist Jay Anderson, who completes this rather atypical trio.

Far away from his visibility as a past member of the popular group Spyro Gyra, Samuels contributes a singular performance that reminds us that he is indeed one ...

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Dave Samuels: Tjader-ized: A Cal Tjader Tribute

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Following Poncho Sanchez's 1995 tribute, Soul Sauce (Concord Picante), this is the second Latin jazz tribute to the undersung vibraphonist Cal Tjader (1925-82). Tjader began playing drums for George Shearing in the 40s then later for Dave Brubeck. He switched to vibes and began exploring his love of Latin music on a series of successful records for Fantasy. In the early 60s, Verve recorded him with orchestras in rather unusual contexts (bossa nova, eastern jazz and finally pop rock). He recorded pop jazz for his own record company and, by the mid 70s, returned to the Latin jazz he loved ...

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Dave Samuels: Tjaderized

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Dave Samuels is no stranger to Latin music. During his years with Spyro Gyra, the group always had some Latino members whose influence permeated the group's sound. Samuels' previous solo efforts, especially his last, Del Sol , also displayed sunny Caribbean textures. As a member of the Caribbean Jazz Project with Andy Narell and Paquito D'Rivera, he dove deeper into the Latin groove; on his latest release, a tribute to vibes great Cal Tjader, he's immersed more deeply into Latin music than ever before.

Latin heavyweights Eddie Palmieri on piano, Dave Valentin on flute, David Sanchez on tenor, and Ray ...



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