Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Caribbean Jazz Project - Island Stories (1997)

Warm music for a cold day. This version of the CJP features the original line up of Dave Samuels (marimba), Andy Narell (steel drums), and Paquito D'Rivera (reed instruments). I'm sure they would describe their music as Latin jazz or even Afro-Cuban jazz, but its really smooth jazz. It's Latin jazz like The Olive Garden is an Italian restaurant. It's okay for what it is; good but not great.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: The album is uneven with the quality of the tracks mainly depending on who wrote it (duh). The pieces by Samuels, Sadie's Dance and Grass Roots, are among the better tracks on the disc. Another good cut is Tjaded Motion.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None, but this is an "Enhanced CD." Remember those? They were very popular in the late '90s. The idea was to use a computer's CD-ROM drive to provide the consumer with music videos, wallpapers, and stuff related to the release. I guess the interwebs eventually made the technology obsolete. I just remember that Enhanced CDs had major problems if you wanted to rip the music to your hard drive.

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