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It's not every day that a distinguished sideman becomes a successful leader in his own right. But that hasn't stopped legendary percussionist Sammy Figueroa from becoming one of the most exciting artists in Latin Jazz today. After many years of playing with artists like Miles Davis, David Bowie, Mariah Carey and Herbie Hancock, Sammy formed his own band, the Latin Jazz Explosion. After two albums, both of which received Grammy® Nominations, Sammy and his band now present their finest work. "Urban Nature" was recorded in Miami and reflects the rich scene of Venezuelans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans and other cultures that are currently percolating there to create a whole new sound for Latin jazz. Venezuelans Silvano Monasterios and Gabriel Vivas have composed music customized just for Sammy and his endlessly inventive style of playing percussion. Guest artists such as the explosive sax master Ed Calle and the reknowned Cuban American jazz pianist Mike Orta, bring in an extra touch.

The music on this album combines humor and a classical sense of beauty with dazzling displays of virtuosity. Powerful, hypnotic cha-chas such as 'Urban Nature ' and 'Cha Cha Pa' Ti,' playful fusion jazz on 'Gufillo ', 7th Door To Your Left' and 'Funny Talk', the swinging salsa of 'Cuco y Olga' and the serenity of 'Zuliana ' and 'Queen From The South', combine to make this one of the great jazz albums of the year.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 29, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Senator/!K7
  • ASIN: B005CGN1US
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,771 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I first heard this CD just after attending the Monterey Jazz Festival. My head was full of outstanding JAZZ so I wasn't sure how my ears would receive this new and upcoming music. Urban Nature captured me almost instantly with it's latin sound. The title song really got me tapping my feet. Sammy's percussion was smooth, exciting and entertaining. The brass was also exceptional. The sweet sounds were inspirational and had me wanting to listen to more. I listened to the entire CD on my way home from the festival and it sure made the drive a relaxing, enjoyable one. I recommend it to anyone that loves Jazz, especially Latin Jazz.
Sammy you did good!!! Keep it up.
Louise
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With songs you can shake and move to like Cuco y Olga and music to relax to as in Zuliana, what's not to enjoy here while listening to this CD by Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion. Sammy continues to show his incredible talent and why he is a Grammy nominated artist! He is known throughout the industry as one of the premier accomplished jazz musicians and Urban Nature proves just that. Do yourself a favor and buy this CD for your collection, you won't be disappointed.
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Sammy Figueroa is underrated for no good reason. He deserves a much wider audience and this CD is proof of it. His percussion is technically sophisticated and complex and there is a lot of sabor too. No disappointment here but regret that I don't have enough time to listen to it as repeatedly as I wish I could.
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I pre-ordered this CD because I've been a fan for so long. I love the first two CD's but this one SLAYED me. It's possibly the best jazz album I've heard in years! It's not self-indulgent (something I hate about so many jazz projects), and yet it's intelligent, fun, complex, layered, addictive and progressive. Every project that Figueroa does is a new platform for him to show his growth as an artist. He never disappoints! WHAT A BAND, WHAT A LEADER, WHAT AN ALBUM! I'm in love!
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I couldn't wait. I brought the mp3 of Cuco y Olga after hearing it on WDNA (local jazz station). The sax solo on this tune had to be Ed Calle. I knew before having read a word. If only it had been a little longer! More sax! lol, like more cowbell! Wow! Anyway... I also purchased the CD...just couldn't wait to listen to that track.

Judging by the one track I've already heard, Sammy has delivered a great bunch of tunes in this CD. Great, dance-able Latin Jazz!
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