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Album Review

The Caribbean Jazz Project has built its reputation by forging a colorful blend of Latin and Caribbean styles. Whether one references Dizzy Gillespie's pioneering work, or more recent work efforts in Afro-Cuban jazz, the Caribbean Jazz Project seems comfortable exploring and stretching the genre. Although the band's lineup has continued to evolve on Birds of a Feather, vibraphonist Dave Samuels, trumpeter Ray Vega, percussionist Robert Quintero, drummer Dafnis Prieto, and bassist Ruben Rodriguez remain from the original incarnation. A number of guests, including trumpeter Randy Brecker, guitarist Romero Lubambo, and drummer Mark Walker help fill out the arrangements. With all of the high profile talent here, it's important to remember that Birds of a Feather worries less over standout solos than the overall tapestry. Lubambo offers a lovely lead in Herbie Hancock's "Tell Me a Bed Time Story," while Samuels' vibe solo shines in "Minor Mood," but in both cases the instrumental work is carefully woven into the overall fabric that is the Caribbean Jazz Project. The Project also explore Charles Mingus' "Weird Nightmare," along with a number of Samuels' originals. While it's impossible to guess if this disc will receive the same Grammy winning attention as The Gathering, fans will nonetheless be treated to the same enticing Latin mix they've come to expect from the band. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi


Formed: 1993

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

For a special concert at the Central Park Zoo in 1993, vibraphonist Dave Samuels (who doubles on marimba) put together the Caribbean Jazz Project for the first time. Teaming Samuels with the brilliant (and pioneering) jazz steel drummer Andy Narell and saxophonist Paquito d'Rivera (who alternates between alto, clarinet, and soprano), and eventually joined by pianist Dario Eskenazi, bassist Oscar Stagnaro, and drummer Mark Walker, the group quickly developed a unique and highly appealing sound. Describing...
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Birds of a Feather, Caribbean Jazz Project
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  • 10,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Latin Jazz
  • Released: 01 January 2003

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