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Samuel Torres

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

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 ...

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.

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

James Austin, Jr: Songs in the Key of Wonder

Read "Songs in the Key of Wonder" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Hailing from the windy city of Chicago, James Austin, Jr. has established himself as an accomplished pianist and bandleader. He honed his craft under the tutelage of a number of legendary musicians, including extensive study with renowned jazz educator Barry Harris, receiving numerous accolades and awards along the way, including the honor of being selected as ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Leni Stern: Finally The Fame Has Come

Read "Leni Stern: Finally The Fame Has Come" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Leni Stern has long been a triumphant voice of inspiration. The truth and steadfast beauty of her lyrics and music has touched many hearts around the world. Recognition is a slippery slope, especially when one is not seeking or prioritizing it. Stern has stayed true to her roots and focused her impressive compositions, vocals, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jack Wilkins: Playing What He's Preaching

Read "Jack Wilkins: Playing What He's Preaching" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Some time in 1975 a box of records from the Mainstream label was dropped by my front door. I picked it up and began to open it with a mix of excitement and dread of having to face writing more record reviews. I saw an LP titled Windows with an unfamiliar cast of characters and put ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Afro Bop Alliance Big Band: Revelation

Read "Revelation" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Revelation is the sixth recording by drummer Joe McCarthy's sixteen-year-old Afro Bop Alliance (the last three by the big band after three by smaller incarnations), the first that has come this way for review. As McCarthy's stalwart ensemble is based in the Washington, D.C. area, the supposition is that a number of topnotch armed services musicians ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Azul Infinito

Read "Azul Infinito" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo i due interessanti lavori realizzati con questo gruppo (Music Is Emotion, Alternate Side 2013 e Into the Zone, Greenleaf Music 2014) Ryan Keberle firma oggi il suo album più riuscito in veste di leader. L'organico è quasi lo stesso del precedente ma uno degli ospiti -la cantante Camila Meza-è entrata nella formazione in pianta stabile, ...


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