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In Reply to: RE: Jazz Vibes posted by email@example.com on March 19, 2012 at 15:47:58
Dave used to play with Spyro Gyra.
For those people who don't know, seeing that Dave Samuels played with Spyro Gyra suggests (to me) that he's not to be taken seriously. The man has numerous recordings of varying styles, a co-founder and later leader of the Caribbean Jazz Project. One of the top 10 (5?) vibe players on the planet!
Another great contemporary Jazz vibist was/is Mike Manieri, co-founder and leader of the legendary Steps/Steps Ahead band!
Re: Dave Samuels, ya'll just need to look further. He's an excellent composer/player and his own man. He was in a fabulous but short lived quartet with fellow mallet player David Friedman, bassist Harvie Swartz and drummer Michael Di Pasqua. And they recorded a fabulous album for ECM in '78 entitled DAWN. I wish you could hear it. It's hard to find.
I quite like Bobby Hutcherson, too.
This Samuels/Friedman duo has produced LPs and CDs on several labels and they're all great. One of the few groups I'll buy as soon as I know it's available. Two of my favorites, both on CD, are "Open Hand" on dmp and a live-in-concert, self-produced disc called "Moment to Moment" on the Double Image Music label.
Davey, thanks for the additional info. Looking forward to hearing what I can find.
I have two vinyl copies of Dawn. Bought a second one cause the music is so unique and beautiful and in hopes it would have quieter surfaces. Bout the same it turned out which is pretty quiet.
I have a very good one by Harvie Swartz, too, entitled Underneath It All with a sextet on the Grammavision label and a couple of his Sheila Jordan duo's. Fine stuff. Cheers.
Their first recording was, I believe, an Enja LP simply called Double Image (Enja 2096). Another fine one is "In Lands I Never Saw" on the Celestial Harmonies Labcel, usually found in the "New Age" bins. A third one is under David Friedman's name on Inner City Records (originally on East Wind) called "Winter Love, April Joy."
Double Image has been under the radar for a long time. They still have no listings in All-Music Guide.
"Dawn" is terrific too.
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