Paul Samuels | SPEAK

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by Paul Samuels

An engaging CD by drummer Paul Samuels featuring Greg Osby, Dan Wall, and Jamey Haddad.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Trinkle Tinkle
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2. Simone
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3. Naima
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4. Speak
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5. Fall
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6. The Blessing
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7. Ruby, My Dear
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8. ESP
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9. Naima (Radio Edit)
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10. Simone (Radio Edit)
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Paul Samuels was raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Both his father, a violinist (Cleveland Orchestra), and mother who designs and creates visual art, were supportive of Paul's interest in playing music. As a young teenager, Paul's father took him to performances by McCoy Tyner, Tony Williams, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughn. These jazz innovators inspired Paul to become a performing artist and drummer.
Starting his professional music career at age 14, Samuels studied with percussionist, Robert Matson (The Cleveland Orchestra) and drummer, Bob McKee. Honing his skills, Paul played drums in and around the Cleveland music scene and was influenced by local musicians Lawrence "Jacktown" Jackson, Greg Bandy, Lamar Gaines, Bill DeArango, Jamey Haddad, Val Kent, Skip Hadden, Ace Carter, and Neal Creque.

When it comes to the music Samuels feels, "it is important to keep one foot in the past and one foot in the future." In 1975 he set his sights on moving forward, and checking out the New York music scene. While he learned from the up and coming musicians of his generation, it was drummer Billy Hart who influenced Paul's musical direction. Developing his skills, Samuels earned his respect as a fine accompanist.

In the mid 80's Samuels recorded three albums with Greg Osby and his compositions, "Excuse Not" and "Eyewitness" appear on Osby's Mind Games and Season of Renewal recordings (JMT). Samuels said Osby encouraged him to, "move forward with the music, think out of the box." and that while there is structure in the music, "you must keep an open mind.

Samuels has since recorded, performed or toured internationally with a variety of musicians. To name a few, James Moody, David "Fathead" Newman, Lonnie Plaxico, Hank Crawford, Pat "The Kid" Martino, Jack McDuff, and popular rhythm and blues artist Gerald Levert. Young and emerging artist, Neal Smith says, "Samuels served as my mentor and was instrumental in my introduction and further education of jazz music." Respected by his peers, and performing for more than three decades, Paul says he is "still a work in progress." The man's journey continues through music. Expressive in his touch, with sensitivity to sound, Samuels's sophisticated drum style is a testament to his love for the art of music.

Samuels' debut CD, called Speak, features Greg Osby on saxophone, Dan Wall on organ and Jamie Haddad on percussion.


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I think i have listened to this c d every day
Man, I think i have listened to this c d every day since i got it a couple of weeks ago. Not something I have tended to do for a long time. I am familiar with all the musicians on this and really like them. What a brilliant idea to put them all together. Some of the chopsyst players i can think of and all have never failed to surprise me with quirky imaginations while having a complete knowledge of the tradition. Absolutely wonderful. Just the fact that it starts with Trinkle Tinkle speaks volumes and I have no doubt that monk would learn something. Not enough stars in the sky for this one.

Lil' Bit

This CD gives the listener something to think about.
A CD with good feel, that is inspiring, and gives me, the listener something to think about. Now that's the kinda music I like! SPEAK, by Paul Samuels is a thrilling ride that I like to take over and over again!


Excellent interactive adventurous soulful music from stellar players.
The first thing that struck me about this recording was the respect all the players demonstrate for the jazz language and tradition while being brave enough to explore ideas and allow the group dynamic to guide the music. In addition to the collective success of this music, the individual players all shine, yet without losing sight of playing as a unit. Listeners will find this music challenging without being inaccessible, excellent for fans of Greg Osby, and for those unfamiliar with Paul Samuels, a nice introduction to a musician and drummer of note.

Roger Friedman

Paul Samuels Has Spoken!
Paul Samuels Has Spoken!
"Speak", the new CD by drummer Paul Samuels brings together a tight collaboration of outstanding musicians carrying on a musical conversation that is a joy to listen-in on. Each one of these superbly talented individuals has something important to say and through their collective musical skills presents the listener with a beautiful and memorable experience.

The pure lyricism of Greg Osby on alto and soprano saxophones makes this listener almost giddy. He can cut through as sharp as a razor as on Trinkle, Trinkle and Simone or float effortlessly calling out to the spirits as he does in Naima and Fall.
The title track, "Speak" has Samuels and his trio conversing in their own native tongue, letting the listener fend for themselves with the translation. One thing is for sure - it has the word swing throughout. If you don't start moving some part of your body listening to this piece you better check your pulse.

In all of the tunes, each musician says his piece without getting in the way of the other. These guys are the true meaning of synergy. The musicianship is nothing short of stellar. It's not enough that Dan Wall is playing some killer organ lines with his right hand, but he's kicking killer bass lines with his left hand too! That's some smokin' stuff.
Jamie Haddad, percussionist extraordinaire, adds his usual tasty touches to Naima and Fall. At one point, I was looking around the room because I thought I was hearing sounds coming out of my walls. It was just Haddad sounding like about 5 or 6 people laying down some tasty percs.
Throughout the CD Samuels is as solid as they come. Polyryhthms, fills, accents, rolls, breaks, and all the time swinging his tail off! Once again, if you aren't moving to a tune like Ornette Coleman's The Blessing, or Wayne Shorter's ESP, you better get out the defibrillator.

Speak is one CD that sends its message loud and clear: Wonderful music by fantastic musicians. Run and get this CD.

Marty Nickison

Play It Again, Sam !
Let's be frank: there are two distinct schools of thought in today's jazz: the classic and the forthcoming. More today than ever before; the artisians and thier canvasses in each school avoid each other.

How evervescent it is to find a collaboration that celebrates the power of the root and the pazazz of the present!

With the album, Paul Samuels has accomplished a tricky and topologically tough terrain: he has both old and new. Futhermore, Paul's new material fits well with his vision on the old standards. I love good music that fits both schools--easily recommendable to all jazz lovers. Futhermore, with the traditional 'acoustic' edge here: it exists in a seperate vacumm space than Sanborn or such.

For the music, I'll be simple: remarkable! Let's face one more reality--Greg Osby is not an easy horn to support! Greg is nasty, angular, abstract, unconventional, and unrestrained---the hardcore of the heart in the hip-jazz base. Paul, James, and Dan all support Greg nicely for a very enjoyable piece.

In short, I love this album! I'm going to the release party in Cleveland, Ohio this Thursday and cannot wait to sit in the company of so many 'classic-youngheads'. At the end of the set, it won't be hard to find me; ....just listen....


--Marty A. Nickison II
author: Beyond the Books