Urban Nature

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2011
  • Label: Senator Records
  • UPC: 730003501524
  • Catalog Number: 1001
  • Sales rank: 195,419

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gufillo (5:56)
  2. 2 Urban Nature (6:08)
  3. 3 Latin What? (4:49)
  4. 4 Zuliana (4:34)
  5. 5 7th Door To Your Left (6:55)
  6. 6 Cuco Y Olga (4:19)
  7. 7 Cha Cha Pa' Ti (4:23)
  8. 8 Queen From the South (7:15)
  9. 9 Funny Talk (5:02)
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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
Carlos Alvarez Mastering
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