Dave Samuels


Born: October 9, 1948; Waukegan, IL  
A talented vibraphonist and marimba player, Dave Samuels has gained his greatest fame for his many years with Spyro Gyra. He started on his first instrument, the drums, when he was six, but by the time he attended Boston University (from which he graduated with a psychology degree), he was studying mallet instruments. Samuels attended the Berklee School of Music, where one of his teachers was Gary Burton, and soon became an educator himself. Read more Samuels had the opportunity to work with Pat Metheny and John Scofield while in Boston, and then, in 1974, he toured and recorded with Gerry Mulligan. Other early experiences included working with the group Timepiece, Frank Zappa, and Double Image, where he interacted with fellow vibraphonist Don Friedman from 1977-1980. Samuels began his association with Spyro Gyra in 1979 by guesting on their recordings; finally, in 1986, he became a member and the one soloist with the band that jazz critics went out of their way to praise. Unfortunately, his own solo records through the years, particularly from the mid-'80s on for MCA and GRP, have tended to be commercial and a bit disappointing. However, after leaving Spyro Gyra in the mid-'90s, Samuels has done some impressive work with the Caribbean Jazz Project. Sticking mostly to marimba with the band (which he co-leads with steel drummer Andy Narrell and altoist/clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera), Dave Samuels is at his best during their very likable concerts. Read less
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  • 1.
    Richard Stoltzman - Spirits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68416 Release Date: 02/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Traditional,  Jeremy Wall  ... 
    Performer:  David Hurley,  Café,  Richard Stoltzman,  Jeremy Wall  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
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    Christmas Adagios - Holiday Classics To Touch Your Heart
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63972 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Michael Praetorius,  Arcangelo Corelli,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Krips,  James Galway,  John De Lancie,  Emily Mitchell  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Robert Salter,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  James Galway  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Canadian Brass,  Guildhall String Ensemble  ... 
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    Synergy With Samuels
    Label: Tall Poppies   Catalog: 30 Release Date: 12/13/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dave Samuels,  Bill Ruyle,  John Cage,  Peter Sculthorpe  ... 
    Performer:  Brian Nixon,  Philip South,  Rebecca Lagos,  Colin Piper  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Synergy Percussion Quartet
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