A Golden Collaboration: The Caribbean Jazz Project

by chipboaz on February 27, 2017

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Collaboration is the golden ticket that makes jazz come alive. When musicians step out of their own projects and work on a project with someone new, interesting things are bound to happen. Different perspectives are shared, established precedents are challenged, and conversations move the project forward. Ultimately, a completely different project emerges that doesn’t necessarily reflect one particular artist, but a completely new entity. In most cases, it’s a win-win endeavor that allows us to see different sides of our favorite artists, gives them new ideas, and brings unheard music into the world.

In 1995, the Latin Jazz world got one of these magic tickets when vibraphonist Dave Samuels began a collective group to pursue his love of Latin Jazz. Well known for his work with the fusion super group Spyro Gyra, Samuels was immediately able to gather some impressive collaborators for a concert in New York’s Central Park – saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera and steel pan player Andy Narell. This spawned the group’s self-titled debut release, followed by 1999’s Island Stories. Over the years, Samuels has recruited a number of different collaborators, including flautist Dave Valentin, guitarist Steve Khan, bassist Oscar Stagnaro, drummer Mark Walker, and more. Through all these different versions of the group, The Caribbean Jazz Project has created some unforgettable music – including this live performance featuring the first configuration!

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Check out recent Latin Jazz videos:
Elio Villafranca & John Santos Playing Prestame La Bicicleta
John Benitez Group Performing Bomba Lirica
Oscar Stagnaro Trio Performing Giant Steps
Three Pianos: Chucho Valdés, Michel Camilo, & Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Roy Hargrove & Crisol Playing Una Mas

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