14 NOV 08 DAVID VIENNA
Heads Up recording artist Caribbean Jazz Project nabbed a Latin Grammy in the Best Latin Jazz Album category for the 2008 release Afro Bop Alliance, which is also the name of the group CJP enlisted to rework tracks for the album.
CJP vibraphonist David Samuels said, "What a great honor to be recognized by your peers. Keep music alive!"
Samuels, a frequent collaborator with Spyro Gyra, co-founded CJP in the mid-'90s and immediately won critical acclaim. In 2003, the band scored its first Grammy. Over the years, the lineup has changed, as has the blend of Afro-Cuban, Latin and Caribbean sounds.
Afro Bop Alliance features nine CJP signature pieces -- some by Samuels and some by Coltrane, Monk and other jazz luminaries -- revisited and rearranged. Concord Music Group congratulates Samuels, bassist Max Murray, drummer Joe McCarthy, percussionist Roberto Quintero and the members of the Maryland-based Afro Bop Alliance on their win.