Caribbean Jazz Project
Caribbean Jazz Project is a Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban jazz group including Dave Samuels, Paquito D'Rivera and Andy Narell. They might be best known for their 2002 album The Gathering. They have recorded seven albums, five for the Concord Jazz label, one for Inak Records and one for Heads Up.
Vibraphone and marimba specialist Dave Samuels, having played for a considerable period with the contemporary jazz group Spyro Gyra, always had a love for Latin music. In 1993 he left this group to pursue this love.
The Caribbean Jazz Project came into being in 1995 when Samuels teamed with steel pan artist Andy Narell and reed master Paquito D'Rivera to perform a concert in New York's Central Park. The group's appearance drew rave reviews and before long their first album, the self-titled Caribbean Jazz Project, was released on the Heads Up International label.
The Caribbean Jazz Project (1995, Heads Up International LTD)
Island Stories (1999, Inak)
New Horizons (2000)
Paraiso (2001, Concord Jazz)
The Gathering (2002, Concord Jazz)
Birds of a Feather (2003, Concord Jazz)
Here and Now: Live in Concert (2005, Concord)
Mosaic (2006, Concord)
Afro Bop Alliance (2008, Heads Up)
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