Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion: ... And Sammy Walked in.

Author:Varela, Jesse
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SAMMY FIGUEROA & HIS LATIN JAZZ EXPLOSION ... and Sammy Walked In (Savant)

As a percussionist, Sammy Figueroa has played with Miles Davis, Michel Camilo, Houston Pearson, Chaka Khan and others. To say the man has chops is an understatement. Yet, his recorded output as a leader was limited until now, as he offers an excellent Latin jazz recording ...and Sammy Walked In, with a Miami-based combo featuring Figueroa (largely on congas), a two-horn frontline and rhythm section that includes the Orta brothers--Michael (piano) and Nicky (bass)--and Gotz Kujack on drums. The repertoire is straight-ahead, acoustic jazz latino, with some well-known tunes and more obscure pieces. The title track, written by Camilo for Figueroa, has Sammy flying over his skins with speed and clarity...

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