Dave Samuels – Natural Selection {GRP}

Dave Samuels – Natural Selection {GRP}

Crossover Jazz, Pop-Jazz, Vibraphone

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Dave Samuels’ release offers music that is often more pleasant than it is challenging, but Samuels has an original voice on the marimbas and vibes, the groove tunes are generally quite enjoyable (particularly the calypso “Cara Linda” and the tricky “Knots”), and the leader’s solos are uniformly strong.

With the help of the Yellowjackets’ rhythm section (keyboardist Russell Ferrante, electric bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer William Kennedy) and some guests, this pop/jazz effort is reasonably satisfying and one of Dave Samuels’ best solo sets.

01. Spring High (5:17)
02. Cara Linda (4:27)
03. The Red Shoes (5:42)
04. Mossoro’s Motion (4:44)
05. Between the Lines (5:36)
06. A White Rose (4:31)
07. Appomattox (5:33)
08. Unspoken Words (4:57)
09. Natural Selection (5:17)
10. Knots (4:25)

Dave Samuels – marimba, vibraphone, percussion, synthesizer
Russell Ferrante – piano, synthesizer
Bruce Hornsby – piano
Julio Fernandez – acoustic guitar
Jay Beckenstein – saxophone
Jeff Beal – trumpet, flugelhorn, synthesizer
Jimmy Haslip – bass
William Kennedy – drums
Marc Quinones – bongos, congas, timbales

Produced by Jay Beckenstein for Crosseyed Bear Productions (logo)
Assistant Producer: Dave Samuels
Executive Producers: Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen
Recorded and Mixed by Larry Swist
Assistant Engineer: Doug Rose
Recorded at Studio Sound Recorders, Burbank, CA and BearTracks Recording Studio, Suffern, NY

Mixed at BearTracks Recording Studio, Suffern, NY
Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC, NY
Post-production by Michael Landy and Joseph Doughney at The Review Room/NYC
Personal Management: Phil Brennan for Crosseyed Bear Productions
Liner notes by George Varga
GRP Production Coordinator: Michelle Lewis
Cover Artwork: Andy Russell
Photography by Carol Weinberg
Hair & Make-up: Sylvia Sanguedolce
Graphic Design: Dan Serrano, David Gibb, Andy Ruggirello, Scott Johnson & Sonny Mediana
GRP Creative Director: Andy Baltimore

1991, GRP Records, Inc.

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