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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Where once they were three -- Dave Samuels on vibes, Paquito D'Rivera on saxophone, and Andy Narell on steel drums -- Caribbean Jazz Project has morphed over the past decade-plus into a big band of close to 20 members, 13 of them horn players. Samuels, who contributes marimba as well as vibes, remains at the helm, and it's clearly his vehicle -- he also wrote five of the nine tracks on this set. The band cooks, no question about it, and Samuels' Latin-leaning arrangements are smart and steamy. But new material is in short supply, and the album ultimately has a sense of déjà vu about it. Nearly all of the material, including covers of Thelonious Monk's "Bemsha Swing," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Where once they were three -- Dave Samuels on vibes, Paquito D'Rivera on saxophone, and Andy Narell on steel drums -- Caribbean Jazz Project has morphed over the past decade-plus into a big band of close to 20 members, 13 of them horn players. Samuels, who contributes marimba as well as vibes, remains at the helm, and it's clearly his vehicle -- he also wrote five of the nine tracks on this set. The band cooks, no question about it, and Samuels' Latin-leaning arrangements are smart and steamy. But new material is in short supply, and the album ultimately has a sense of déjà vu about it. Nearly all of the material, including covers of Thelonious Monk's "Bemsha Swing," Oliver Nelson's "Stolen Moments," and John Coltrane's "Naima," has appeared on previous CJP recordings, and even if Samuels felt a burning need to return to these songs to recast them as big-band numbers, he might have tried reworking them while he was at it -- outside of the sheer volume of players involved, there's simply not much going on here that adds a new dimension to the Caribbean Jazz Project story. That said, the quality of musicianship throughout the album is superb, and those unfamiliar with the previous releases will undoubtedly find it exhilarating. But those who've experienced the previous recordings and seek newness won't find it here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2008
  • Label: Heads Up
  • UPC: 053361313722
  • Catalog Number: 3137
  • Sales rank: 71,688

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rendezvous (4:55)
  2. 2 Naima (6:10)
  3. 3 Five for Elvin (8:45)
  4. 4 Soul Sauce (5:20)
  5. 5 Picture Frame (6:30)
  6. 6 Stolen Moments (8:35)
  7. 7 Birds of a Feather (4:55)
  8. 8 Afro Green (7:41)
  9. 9 Bemsha Swing (7:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Caribbean Jazz Project Primary Artist
David Samuels Marimbas, Vibes
Andy Axelrad Alto Saxophone
Rob Holmes Baritone Saxophone
Chris Walter Trumpet, Lead
Luis Hernández Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Robert Quintero Percussion
Joe McCarthy Percussion, Drums, Timbales, Bells, Claves, Chekere, Shaker
Maxx Murray Bass, Bass Guitar
Ben Patterson Trombone
Steve Williams Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Steve "Syco Steve" Williams Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Soloist
Nicholas Cooper Trumpet
Jim McFalls Trombone
Nick Cooper Trumpet
Vince Norman Tenor Saxophone
Greg Reese Trumpet
Chris Walter Trumpet
Dan Drew Trombone
JJ Wright Piano
Tim Stanley Trumpet
Mark Morgan Bass Trombone
Harry Appelman Piano
Technical Credits
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Chano Pozo Composer
Denzil Best Composer
John Coltrane Composer
Dave Love Executive Producer
Phil Magnotti Mastering
Alain Mallet Arranger
Thelonious Monk Composer
David Samuels Arranger, Composer, Producer
Milton DeLugg Composer
Pauline Rivelli Composer
Robert Thiele Composer
Bob Dawson Engineer
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