Paraiso

Performers Caribbean Jazz Project

Concord Jazz | March 17, 2008 | Compact Disc

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The Caribbean Jazz Project: Dave Valentin (flute); Dave Samuels (vibraphone, marimba); Steve Khan (guitar, guiro); Ruben Rodriguez (bass); Dafnis Prieto (drums, timbales); Richie Flores (congas, shekere); Luisito Quintero (timbales, percussion).
Additional personnel: Ray Vega (flugelhorn); Conrad Herwig (trombone); Poncho Sanchez (congas).
Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, New York from November 6-8, 2000. Includes liner notes by Pablo Guzman.
When Dave Samuels first formed the Caribbean Jazz Project with, at that time, Paquito D'Rivera and Andy Narell, it was an extension of his own studies in Latin jazz that had been part of his music -- both solo and with Spyro Gyra -- since the mid-'70s. After two albums with the first team, the Project was set aside for other gigs. During this time, Samuels kindled musical friendships with flutist Dave Valentin and guitarist Steve Khan, and Samuels got excited about the possibility of playing off of a traditional Latin instrument -- flute -- and the guitar, which wasn't. This current lineup released New Horizons in early 2000, and Paraiso is an exciting fusion of many different influences and styles. Most of these tunes are over seven minutes, allowing for a live dynamic without the trappings of airplay consideration. Samuels' "One Step Ahead" begins mystically with flute and soundscaping, then romps as a duet between vibes and flute -- backed by increasingly powerful percussion patterns and improvisations -- before Khan's crisp and subtle electric lines offer an irresistible power and edge. The slow dance "Naima" is a loving twist on a Coltrane tune, pepped up by a breezy extended flugelhorn solo by Ray Vega. Khan plays a subtle rhythm line behind a bouncy cha-cha groove and Valentin's cheery flute on "El Tacano." The Duke Ellington standard "Caravan" rolls along at a brisk pace, with Khan backing exciting melodic and improv passages by Samuels and Valentin. Samuels' "Jamboree" is smooth and silky, very much reminiscent of his work with Spyro Gyra -- but think flute in the lead instead of Jay Beckenstein's sax. Overall, this is another glorious celebration of the ways traditional and Latin jazz can meet on common ground. It's a disc that can be appreciated by hardcore fusion fans as well as Latin fans who just want to party. ~ Jonathan Widran

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: March 17, 2008

Genre: Latin

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: STEREO

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Concord Jazz

UPC: 013431494621

Found in: Latin Jazz

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Paraiso

Paraiso

Performers Caribbean Jazz Project
Guest Artist(s) Conrad Herwig, Poncho Sanchez, Ray Vega

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: March 17, 2008

Genre: Latin

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: STEREO

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Concord Jazz

UPC: 013431494621


Title Track Time
1.One Step Ahead --
2.Naima --
3.Maluco --
4.Caravan --
5.El Tacano --
6.Five For Elvin --
7.Second Opinion --
8.Jamboree --
9.Ca-Ni-Mo! --
10.Obaricoso / Ritmos, Colores, Y Sentidos --

Editorial Notes

The Caribbean Jazz Project: Dave Valentin (flute); Dave Samuels (vibraphone, marimba); Steve Khan (guitar, guiro); Ruben Rodriguez (bass); Dafnis Prieto (drums, timbales); Richie Flores (congas, shekere); Luisito Quintero (timbales, percussion).
Additional personnel: Ray Vega (flugelhorn); Conrad Herwig (trombone); Poncho Sanchez (congas).
Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, New York from November 6-8, 2000. Includes liner notes by Pablo Guzman.
When Dave Samuels first formed the Caribbean Jazz Project with, at that time, Paquito D'Rivera and Andy Narell, it was an extension of his own studies in Latin jazz that had been part of his music -- both solo and with Spyro Gyra -- since the mid-'70s. After two albums with the first team, the Project was set aside for other gigs. During this time, Samuels kindled musical friendships with flutist Dave Valentin and guitarist Steve Khan, and Samuels got excited about the possibility of playing off of a traditional Latin instrument -- flute -- and the guitar, which wasn't. This current lineup released New Horizons in early 2000, and Paraiso is an exciting fusion of many different influences and styles. Most of these tunes are over seven minutes, allowing for a live dynamic without the trappings of airplay consideration. Samuels' "One Step Ahead" begins mystically with flute and soundscaping, then romps as a duet between vibes and flute -- backed by increasingly powerful percussion patterns and improvisations -- before Khan's crisp and subtle electric lines offer an irresistible power and edge. The slow dance "Naima" is a loving twist on a Coltrane tune, pepped up by a breezy extended flugelhorn solo by Ray Vega. Khan plays a subtle rhythm line behind a bouncy cha-cha groove and Valentin's cheery flute on "El Tacano." The Duke Ellington standard "Caravan" rolls along at a brisk pace, with Khan backing exciting melodic and improv passages by Samuels and Valentin. Samuels' "Jamboree" is smooth and silky, very much reminiscent of his work with Spyro Gyra -- but think flute in the lead instead of Jay Beckenstein's sax. Overall, this is another glorious celebration of the ways traditional and Latin jazz can meet on common ground. It's a disc that can be appreciated by hardcore fusion fans as well as Latin fans who just want to party. ~ Jonathan Widran
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