The Magician

The Magician

by Sammy FigueroaSammy Figueroa


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2007
Label: Savant
UPC: 0633842207926
catalogNumber: 2079
Rank: 72960

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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