Caribbean Jazz Project (with Dave Samuels): Soul Sauce


Soul Sauce


Carribbean Jazz Project (featuring Dave Samuels)


Afro Bop Alliance (Heads Up 3137)

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Dave Samuels (vibes),

Andy Axelrad (alto sax), Rob Holmes (baritone sax), Chris Walter (trumpet), Nick Cooper (trumpet), Tim Stanley (trumpet), Greg Reese (trumpet), Luis Hernández (tenor sax), Joe McCarthy (drums, percussion), Max Murray (bass), Ben Patterson (trombone), Steve Williams (alto sax, soprano sax), Vince Norman (tenor sax), Dan Drew (trombone), Jim McFalls (trombone), Mark Morgan (bass trombone), Harry Appleman (piano), Roberto Quintero (percussion)


Arranged by Alain Mallet. Composed by Dizzy Gillespie, Milton Delugg, Chano Pozo, Pauline Rivelli and Robert Thiele


Recorded: Springfield, Virginia, no date given (CD released in 2008)


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

This is a song with a history. Cal Tjader had a huge hit with "Soul Sauce" in 1965. But he borrowed the song - well, it's not really a song, more like a vamp - from "Guarachi Guaro," a 1948 recording of Dizzy Gillespie with Chano Pozo. Now Dave Samuels steps in and shows that 60 years later, this "Soul Sauce" has lost none of its spiciness. The band settles in for a comfortable medium-up tempo, a perfect beat for the intro and turnaround, which are supposed to sound like a syncopated blur. Samuels contributes a tasty solo with just the right dose of funkiness. If hip songs still got airplay, this could be a hit all over again.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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