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Steve Khan: Patchwork

Read "Patchwork" reviewed by John Kelman

Amongst the many myths out there about music-making—especially in jazz, where the improvisation quotient is often so high—is that composing may, indeed, be work, but doesn't require the kind of relentless attention to detail that far more truthfully defines how many artists write and arrange their music. These days, one need only look to music by ...

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Diego Urcola: Musical Ecstasy

Read "Diego Urcola: Musical Ecstasy" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Jazz music, its freedom and emphasis on self-expression through improvisation, has always had a strong pull on its practitioners, its artists. As fans and listeners, those qualities are also treasured. The infectious nature of those qualities is why jazz fans are passionate and loyal. It's music, born and bred in the United States, that has a ...

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Grammy Winner 2009: Jazz

Grammy Winner 2009: Jazz

= winner Category 45 Best Contemporary Jazz Album (For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.) Randy In Brasil Randy Brecker [MAMA Records] Floating Point John McLaughlin [Abstract Logix] Cannon Re-Loaded: All-Star Celebration Of Cannonball ...

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Caribbean Jazz Project: Afro Bop Alliance

Read "Afro Bop Alliance" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Fra i più interessanti vibrafonisti contemporanei c'è di sicuro Dave Samuels. Ha cominciato ad incidere con Gerry Mulligan finendo alla ECM con il progetto Double Image e con un'incisione, ristampata su CD, insieme ad Art Lande e Paul McCandless. Successivamente ha trovato una sua strada in contesti di fusion come gli Spyro Gyra e con la ...

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Caribbean Jazz Project: Afro Bop Alliance

Read "Afro Bop Alliance" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Lionel Hampton was one of the first “real" jazz vibraphonists. In more recent years, Gary Burton has been among those who have kept the instrument an integral part of the jazz scene. However, another name is also synonymous with the instrument. That is Dave Samuels.A longtime member of Spyro Gyra who occasionally reunites with ...

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Caribbean Jazz Project: Here and Now - Live in Concert

Read "Here and Now - Live in Concert" reviewed by John Kelman

Mallet man Dave Samuels' career has ranged from the experimental, ECM-ish vibe of his '70s Double Image group to an artistically questionable association with the commercially viable smooth jazz group Spyro Gyra. And while those who knew just how much Samuels was capable of were more than a little surprised to see him maintain a long-term ...

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Caribbean Jazz Project: Here and Now - Live in Concert

Read "Here and Now - Live in Concert" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

It seems that every year I get an album that is so impressive, I claim it is the likely to be the best new jazz release of the year. Usually that doesn't happen until August or September. It's only February, and I've already heard two. They may not hold up over the next ten months, but ...

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Caribbean Jazz Project: The Gathering

Read "The Gathering" reviewed by Jim Santella

Dave Valentine and Dave Samuels provide a pleasant Caribbean mood. With flute and marimba out front, the band takes on a natural appearance. Their performance remains as informal as a jazz party on the beach. Samuels' “Rendezvous" begins the session with a guest appearance by Paquito D'Rivera. Recall that the alto saxophonist helped found Caribbean Jazz ...

Caribbean Jazz Project: Paraiso

Read "Paraiso" reviewed by Dave Hughes

This is possibly the most intricate, intellectual, and compositionally advanced Latin jazz that's been made to date. Certainly the tri-leaders of the group - vibraphonist Dave Samuels, flautist Dave Valentin, and guitarist Steve Khan - are in the top echelon of performers on their respective instruments, and all have played in a unusually broad range of ...

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Caribbean Jazz Project: New Horizons

Read "New Horizons" reviewed by Dave Hughes

These are new horizons, indeed, as this is a whole new band, save for Dave Samuels.   Former frontliners Paquito D'Rivera and Andy Narell, as well as their rhythmmates, have departed for other projects, and Samuels has replenished the line-up with equally impressive talent in flautist Dave Valentin and guitarist Steve Khan.  The change ...


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