The Magician

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Percussionist Sammy Figueroa's second CD as a leader for Savant is a dynamic session, with a rotating cast of players in a sextet that often sounds like a much larger band. Drawing from both hard bop repertoire and originals contributed by his musicians, the leader's driving percussion powers the ensembles with a fire reminiscent of Mongo Santamaria, while he is also a fine conga soloist, especially in bassist Gabriel Vivas' explosive cooker "The Three Marias." Pianist Silvano Monasteiros contributed the elegant cha-cha "The Magician," which showcases trumpeter John Norris and the composer. Figueroa's scoring of the well-known Miles Davis/Victor Feldman piece "Seven Steps to...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Percussionist Sammy Figueroa's second CD as a leader for Savant is a dynamic session, with a rotating cast of players in a sextet that often sounds like a much larger band. Drawing from both hard bop repertoire and originals contributed by his musicians, the leader's driving percussion powers the ensembles with a fire reminiscent of Mongo Santamaria, while he is also a fine conga soloist, especially in bassist Gabriel Vivas' explosive cooker "The Three Marias." Pianist Silvano Monasteiros contributed the elegant cha-cha "The Magician," which showcases trumpeter John Norris and the composer. Figueroa's scoring of the well-known Miles Davis/Victor Feldman piece "Seven Steps to Heaven" is full of spice in a blazing uptempo setting. Likewise, the arrangements of works by Cedar Walton and Horace Silver work equally well in this enjoyable Afro-Cuban recording. This CD was nominated in 2007 for a Grammy award as Best Latin Jazz Album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2007
  • Label: Savant
  • UPC: 633842207926
  • Catalog Number: 2079
  • Sales rank: 246,721

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Together - Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion (3:34)
  2. 2 The Three Marias - Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion (6:47)
  3. 3 The Magician - Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion (5:47)
  4. 4 Firm Roots - Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion (8:10)
  5. 5 Crossroads - Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion (5:25)
  6. 6 Seven Steps to Heaven - Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion (6:09)
  7. 7 Fiestas Do Norte - Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion (5:28)
  8. 8 Healing Man - Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion (6:33)
  9. 9 Gregory Is Here - Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion (7:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sammy Figueroa Primary Artist, Percussion
Michael Orta Piano
Nicky Orta Bass, Bass Guitar
John Lovell Trumpet
Alex Norris Trumpet
Silvano Monasterios Piano
Nomar Negroni Drums, Bass Guitar
Ludwig Afonso Drums
Gabriel Vivas Bass, Bass Guitar
John Michalak Saxophone
Troy Roberts Saxophone
Gotz Kujack Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Rachel Faro Audio Production
Hal Batt Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Sammy Figueroa Producer, Audio Production
Silvano Monasterios Producer, Audio Production
Jason Slomack Graphic Design
Gabriel Vivas Composer
Gaby Vivas Audio Production
Carlos Alvarez Engineer
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