Urban Nature

Urban Nature

by Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion
     
 
If you're not very familiar with Sammy Figueroa's work, you may wish to try an experiment with this album, listening carefully to see if you can guess what his instrument is. Given a medium-sized combo, which instrument seems to take center stage? The answer: it's impossible to guess, which says something about Figueroa's maturity as a leader. It's also startling to

Overview

If you're not very familiar with Sammy Figueroa's work, you may wish to try an experiment with this album, listening carefully to see if you can guess what his instrument is. Given a medium-sized combo, which instrument seems to take center stage? The answer: it's impossible to guess, which says something about Figueroa's maturity as a leader. It's also startling to see how small his forces really are: this sextet sounds like a big band. (Spoiler alert: as it turns out, he's a percussionist.) It also says something about him that the term "Explosion" applies poorly to his band. There are no pyrotechnics here, no crazy tempos or wildly layered "where's the downbeat" rhythms. But there are some very impressive horn charts (check out "Cha Cha Pa' Ti" and the lovely "Cuco y Olga"), alongside some of the sweetest and tenderest ballads to show up on a jazz album of any genre in recent years -- "Queen from the South" and "Zuliana" being top examples; for a percussionist acting as bandleader to give this kind of affectionate, sustained attention to compositions that make only subdued use of his talents is yet more evidence of Figueroa's taste and maturity. Here's hoping Figueroa keeps stepping out in this vein.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2011
Label:
Senator Records
UPC:
0730003501524
catalogNumber:
1001
Rank:
121137

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion   Primary Artist
Ed Calle   Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
Alexander Pope Norris   Trumpet
Mike Orta   Piano,Guest Appearance
José Gregorio Hernández   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Silvano Monasterios   Piano
Nomar Negroni   Drums
Gabriel Vivas   Acoustic Bass
John Michalak   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Rachel Faro   Producer,Executive Producer,Art Direction
Hal Batt   Engineer
Sammy Figueroa   Producer,Executive Producer
Michael Orta   Composer
Helge Sasse   Executive Producer
Silvano Monasterios   Composer,Producer
Gabriel Vivas   Composer,Producer
Sandra Molzahn   Executive Producer
Juan Vasquez   Cover Photo
Nicholas Martines   Composer

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