"... a keen-eared, light-handed percussionist [who] can draw a rainbow of intriguing sounds." The Washington Post.
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"... a ferocious conga solo by Samuel Torres that seemed not humanly possible." The Boston Globe.
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" [Samuel Torres] playing is full of joy and that’s what music is all about." Richard Bona.
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"Skin Tones is at once intelligent, sophisticated and explosive." Jazz Times.
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"... a skillful musician coming into his own." Latin Beat Magazine.
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About Skin Tones "...a modern Classic for all jazz lovers " Jazz Review.
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" ...he had not met an arranger/producer so talented in over 25 years." Martin Cohen, Latin Percussion Founder.
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"[Samuel Torres].. has written and recorded music for his project that is inventive, lyrical, and important work. He is a special artist." Jeff "Tain" Watts, legendary jazz drummer .
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" Lo del colombiano Torres fue, por lejos, lo mejor del festival. El martes tuvo si punto mas alto con un solo de cinco minutos que cautivo al publico, el percusionista toca con los ojos entrecerrados, deja las congas para hacer sonar sus multiples instrumentos, sonajeros, pezuñas, cascabeles, vuelve a las congas y sus mano vuelan. " Busqueda, Uruguay.
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"And when percussionist Samuel Torres from Colombia beat out his bongos and tumbadoras in a solo section of the piece I knew that not only Mr. Sandoval, but also his band, would have the audience eating out of their hands.
And Mr. Torres was clearly a favourite, shaking the maracas in Mr. Sandoval's original composition, Sureña, he was as mesmerising to watch as to hear. The seamless flow movement of his upper body as muscles of his shoulders, back, arms and neck glided up and down to beat out the seductive rhythm of the maracas."
The Royal Gazette Bermuda
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" ... artfully accompanying Sandoval's pianistic excursions." The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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"...the stage is stolen at the end by percussionist Samuel Torres, who brings enough fury to his skins to alarm his hometown PETA chapter... The roar from the audience could have been heard at the end of a $15 taxi ride...." All About Jazz
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"What a fantastic study tool for congueros, timbaleros and bongoceros......One of the best instructional DVDs I have seen. Highly recommended." about "Drum Solos Revisited", music composed, produced and arranged by Samuel Torres. Descarga.com
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"... quien asombro a todos por su destreza en el manejo de las maracas al estilo de los ritmos y músicos de los grandes llanos ganaderos de Colombia y Venezuela. El público le brindó una ovación a este joven percusionista de Bogotá, Colombia." Elmer Gonzales, EL VOCERO, Puerto Rico.
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"L’ensemble rythmé par les désormais célèbres percussions de Samuel Torres Martinez. Ce dernier, Colombien de souche, qui a le sens du spectacle raffiné s’est construit tout le long du concert un royaume singulier et drôle où ses percussions rigolent et font rigoler le public."Cotonou Press, Benin / West Central Africa
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"Fremhæves skal derimod percussionisten Samuel Torres, som hele vejen igennem spillede med en så energisk virtuositet, at man ikke kunne lade øjnene fra ham. Aldrig har jeg set en så fabelagtig maracas solo, der fik alle til at måbe. Et instrument, som efter denne demonstration, fremstår stærkt undervurderet."dr.dk/ Denmark
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"... the percussionist Samuel Torres who did things with the maraca and congas that were the best I have heard. He accompanied Sandoval alone on the piano using only maraca. His four conga solo was fluid and built inward and out to all four drums easily." SagaZ.com
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"...um colombiano, com cara de colombiano. Bateu o recorde mundial de velocidade nas congas. Extremamente musical. Fez um solo de... maracas! Sim, incrível! Saiu quebrando tudo com as maracas, uma em cada mão. Uma performance digna de estar em um CD do Frank Zappa, dada a complexidade rítmica do fraseado.Notas ImprovisadasSao Paulo, Brasil