Samuel Torres Sextet Performs Un Atardercer en Cartagena de Indias

by chipboaz on June 19, 2017

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Today’s Latin Jazz Video features a percussionist and composer that has made an increasingly large impact upon the Latin Jazz world over the past two decades, Samuel Torres. Growing up in Bogotá, Colombia, Torres first found his inspiration among his musical family, and the city’s vibrant musical scene, which exploded around him. He was particularly taken with the work of his uncle, Edy Martinez, who made a significant contribution to Ray Barretto’s recordings The Other Road and Indestructible. Torres made the most of his inspiration, earning a degree in Music Composition, and getting a wealth of practical experience as a performer and arrangers on stage and television. When Torres arrived in the States, he earned a prime gig, touring and recording with trumpet player Arturo Sandoval for four years, opening the door to work with salsa, jazz, and pop powerhouses like Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, Marc Anthony, Rubén Blades, Shakira, and many more. As a leader, Torres has shown an adventurous spirit through bold compositions and arrangements, producing two outstanding Latin Jazz releases, Skin Tones and Yaoundé. His third album, Forced Displacement, revealed the depth of Torres’ compositional skills, with a ten movement suite dedicated to the victims of violence in Colombia. Torres is a musician with artistic insight, technical ability, and a growing resume of experiences, making his performances a joy to experience. In this performance, Torres and his sextet delve res a show stopping performance on one of his original pieces, “Un Atardercer en Cartagena de Indias” – enjoy!

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