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Samuel Torres

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When the imposing talents of one of today’s most versatile Latin jazz artists meld with the organic richness of some of the world’s greatest cultural melting pots, the results are guaranteed to be as fresh and virtuosic as they are revealing and magical. Torres was born September 4, 1976 in Colombia’s bustling capital city of Bogotá and was nurtured in this culturally sophisticated metropolis where jazz and classical music share the stage with salsa and an infinite variety of Colombian folkloric idioms. His earliest exposure to music came at home, thanks to an extended family of musicians and ready access to a wealth of Colombian music genres, from the infectious rhythms of the cumbia and vallenato to styles which reflect a range of African, indigenous and European influences, including the porro, bambuco and pasillo. A major inspiration was Edy Martínez, an uncle who had risen to fame in the New York City salsa scene in the early 1970s as a pianist and arranger in conga player Ray Barretto’s popular conjunto

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The Pan American Nutcracker Suite

Label: Angel Face Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Overture; March; Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy; Trepak; Arabian Dance; Chinese Dance; Dance of the Reed Flutes; Waltz of the Flowers.

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Article: Live Review

Itai Kriss & Telavana At The Jazz Room

Read "Itai Kriss & Telavana At The Jazz Room" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Itai Kriss & Telavana The Jazz Room Charlotte, NC October 14, 2022 Flutist/composer Itai Kriss brought his world music fusion to the Jazz Room to inaugurate its 17th concert season. The set opened with a new, unrecorded tune with the Cuban groove that characterizes most of Kriss' music. Kriss and trumpeter ...

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Plena

Label: Truth Revolution Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: And So It Goes; Summer Of Love and Discontent; Superspreader; Plena; Invernadero; Soul Cha; Exotic Particles; Rain Song.

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Article: Album Review

Michael Eckroth Group: Plena

Read "Plena" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Michael Eckroth had clear goals in mind for this project--"to create music that was lyrical, modern, true to its Afro-Latin roots, but never purist in its approach"--and he's accomplished his mission with gusto. Through Plena, this Grammy-nominated pianist/composer delivers a program of original music that, while acknowledging folkloric traditions, doesn't buy into their formal strictures and ...

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Triangle

Label: Luba Mason Productions
Released: 2020
Track listing: Bach, Stevie Wonder, and Janette Monae; Haled's Song About Love; Ticket To Ride; Waters of March; Ceresne; In Walked Bud; Inolvidable; Toxicity; Say It; 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Samuel Torres: The Interfuse of Percussion and Orchestration

Read "Samuel Torres: The Interfuse of Percussion and Orchestration" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Samuel Torres is a percussionist extraordinaire. Samuel Torres is an exceptional composer. Samuel Torres is an astute arranger. Samuel Torres has vast skills as an orchestrator. All of those statements are valid responses to the question, who is Samuel Torres? The Colombian born artist, who now makes his home in New York City, has, as they ...

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Alegria

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Salsa, Jazz Y Choke; The Strength to love; Barretto Power; Preuldio a un Abrazo; Little Grasshopper; Bolero Para Raquel; Alegria; Anga.

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Article: Album Review

Samuel Torres: Alegria

Read "Alegria" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


After delivering a politically-pointed statement in the form of Forced Displacement (Zoho Music, 2015), Colombian percussionist Samuel Torres most certainly could've doubled-down in that direction. There's no shortage of political turmoil across the globe these days, so that move would've been completely understandable. But, as Torres clearly understands, there's something to be said for the power ...

Article: Album Review

Helen Sung: Sung with Words

Read "Sung with Words" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Solidamente collocata in area mainstream dagli anni del suo esordio, agli inizi del millennio, la texana Helen Sung s'è fatta apprezzare per il brillante pianismo e la guida di vivaci formazioni con eccellenti partner. L'estetica di fondo del nuovo disco non è diversa dai lavori precedenti ma aggiunge un'interessante relazione con la poesia, ispirata ...


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