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The Caribbean Jazz Project: Mosaic

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The Caribbean Jazz Project has carved out its self-explanatory niche since vibraphonist Dave Samuels founded the group in 1993. Mosaic, the band’s latest release, is more of what CJP has been doing for years now, and some of the less faithful will not be overwhelmed. But Mosaic is carefully constructed, flows easily and is full of sounds from the archipelago.

The songs on Mosaic cover a lot of ground. On the opening track, Miles Davis’ “Nardis,” Samuels provides a tour de force on vibes. “Portraits of Cuba” features Paquito D’Rivera, and Andy Narell’s guest spots on steel pan are especially welcome. Boris Kozlov drives “Mambo de Luna” with a steady and determined bass line. At the end on “Dusk,” Narell offers yet more steel-pan brilliance. The tune is more somber and relaxed than others on this upbeat CD.