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The Gathering is the Caribbean Jazz Project's third release; principals Dave Samuels and Dave Valentin are joined by Paquito D'Rivera, once a regular with the group, on the lively opener, "Rendezvous," as well as a Latin reworking of Monk's "Bemsha Swing." Oliver Nelson's classic "Stolen Moments" comes in for a moody 7/4 treatment. Pianist Dario Eskanazi, bassist Ruben Rodriguez, and percussionists Dafnis Prieto, Richie Flores, and Robert Quintero provide strong backing for the front-and-center solo exchanges of Samuels and Valentin. The band is consistently melodic and accessible, not just on romantic themes like "Libertad" and "The Path" but also on more adventurous fare like Prieto's "El Guarachero Intrigozo (The Scheming Party Animal)" and the big finish, "Masacoteando (In the Groove)."
Performance CreditsCaribbean Jazz Project Primary Artist
Paquito D'Rivera Alto Saxophone
Dave Valentin Flute
Dario Eskenazi Piano
Richie Flores Percussion,Bongos
David Samuels Marimbas,Mallets,Vibes
Rubén Rodríguez Bass
Robert Quintero Percussion,Conga
Dafnis Prieto Cymbals,Drums,Timbales
Technical CreditsJohn Burk Executive Producer
Phil Magnotti Engineer
David Samuels Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Ana Baracca Art Direction