Album #4 for Barock Project. A journey into the modern arrangements of classical Progressive and Symphonic Rock. Two world class special guests: Vittorio De Scalzi (leader and founder of New Trolls) on vocals and flute and Paul Whitehead (icon of 70's progressive visual cover art) to paint and sign the cover. Special limited edition. Tracklist different from original edition plus 2 bonus tracks on CD 2.
Working a bright, innovative corner of Latin jazz and drawing on Jamaican, Afro-Cuban, Venezuelan, and Peruvian rhythms to create a hybrid mosaic (as the title suggests), the loose, rotating collective that is the Caribbean Jazz Project manages to be many things at once, including a dance band with a hard bop sensibility, and at times the ensemble comes close to being a new age chillout orchestra. Whatever label they wear, CJP have a bright, infectious sound, led by vibraphonist Dave Samuels' bubbling and watery tones and, on three tracks here, the amazing talking steel drums of Andy Narell. Violinist Christian Howes guests on Samuels' "Slow Dance," giving it a wonderfully eerie and wheezing feel.