"Regreso" Crowfunding Campaing

Regreso is a unique encounter between congas and an orchestra, where new symphonic trends and popular Afro-American roots get blended. Your backing will make this recording see the light of day.

Rarely can a musician be recognized as one of the greatest conga players in the Latin jazz scene as...

Samuel Torres Sextet in Australia

Samuel will be performing at Bird's Basement Jazz Club in Melbourne, Australia from August 22 to August 27, 2 sets per nigth. Featuring:
Alex Norris on Trumpet, Tom Guarna on Guitar, Silvano Monasterios on Piano, Rubén Rodriguez on Bass and Pablo Bencid on...

Review on Downbeat Magazine

Review on Downbeat Magazine

"Balanced and brimming with emotion, sophisticated and passionate, Torres’ heartfelt gesture to his homeland is a new career apex....

Review on JazzTimes

Review on JazzTimes

"Torres is a percussionist with a genuine gift for piercing melody and provocative harmony. Forced Displacement takes its place with other great jazz odes to protest and mourning"...

Yaoundé Review at Latin Jazz Net

"...Torres has certainly attempted something really ambitious. To the extent that he has managed to maintain the level of energy that is required conducting a sort of ritual prayer and cleansing, this album hold up at most levels. It bears listening over and over again and like the skin...

Yaoundé Review at Latin Jazz Corner

"...Torres balances a number of musical worlds with smart musical choices, a solid compositional perspective, and skilled performances on Yaoundé. His compositions all hold a distinctly recognizable consistency, reflecting his defined writing style. At the same time, Torres builds upon his understanding of specific genres and rhythmic styles; he...

Yaoundé Review at jazz Review

Mega-talented, Columbia reared percussionist Samuel Torres extends his superior percussion faculties by transmitting an impressive compositional pen on his second outing as a leader. Torres� fluent command of Latin and world-beat rhythms underlines his thoughtful and snappy arrangements, featuring prominent jazz artists, tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm and guest clarinetist Anat...

Yaoundé Review - The Stash Dauber

Monday, February 15, 2010
Some Pretty Good Jazz Records
I'll admit to being less than an enthusiastic partisan of "Latin jazz," possibly because it's what the organizers of the local jazzfest here in Fort Worth like to book "to bring the crowds" instead of ponying up the money to...

LILA DOWNS "Shake Away" Grammy Nomination

Its been an honor and a pleasure to be part of the Lila Downs Band. The great news is that her last CD "Shake Away" (where i recorded the percussion) has been nominated for a Grammy on the World music Category.

Samuel Torres NYC All-Stars in Barranquillazz REVIEW

"I'll start with the big hit of the festival, on Saturday night. Percussionist Samuel Torres, a bogotano living in New York, came with a group whose name -- The New York All Stars -- might seem utterly generic except that in the context of Colombia, it suggested something else: a...

Review SKIN TONES / Jazz Times

Colombian-born percussionist Samuel Torres makes his debut as a leader with a pastiche of textures and captivating compositions, accompanied by some top-notch Latin-jazz artists including the ever-funky John Benítez on bass, supreme pianist/composer Hector Martignón and drummer Ernesto Simpson. Torres links several of the tracks with brief conga interludes...

New recording with Jeff"Tain"Watts

Samuel is a special guest in the new Jeff"tain"Watts upcoming Album, with: Christian McBride (bs), Dave Kikosky (pn), Marcus Strickland (sx) and David Gilmore...

Review SKIN TONES / En Clave de Jazz (Español)

Nuevamente – como ha venido siendo, una constante reafirmación de convicciones, para mi – otra excelente muestra del mejor quehacer jazzístico sudamericano, mestizo, hispanoamericano. Me llega este trabajo de Samuel Torres. A Samuel lo conocí (personalmente) hace poco tiempo, habiendo escuchado y leído de el dado que forma parte del...

Review Concert at NYC's BLUE NOTE

Samuel Torres, a dynamic Latin percussionist, appearing in clubs about town, opened this second brunch set with a Colombian harp-cahone (a wooden, percussive box, also used in Flamenco) duo. The beat was salsa, and the sound was sensational. Edmar Castañeda produced a milder sound, elegant and melodic, that contrasted with...

Review SKIN TONES at Jazz Review

It comes as no surprise that the Columbian-born musician is exceedingly talented. You don't get the opportunity to play with Arturo Sandoval, and celebrated African performer, Richard Bona, by being less than great. It also is no surprise that Torres comes from a family deeply rooted in music, his grandfather...

Review SKIN TONES at Latin Beat Magazine

SAMUEL TORRES Skin Tones (One Soul)

Listening to Colombian percussionist and composer Samuel Torres on his debut album Skin Tones, you discover a knowledgeable and skillful musician coming into his own. Fusing the sounds of his generation with the fundamentals of his chosen tradition, Torres creates refreshing Latin jazz blends...

Review SKIN TONES at Herencia Latina (spanish)

Samuel Torres – Skin Tones (One Soul Records)

Que tamaña sorpresa nos ha causado este talentoso músico de origen colombiano con su segundo trabajo titulado Skin Tones. Samuel Torres es su nombre y ejecuta la conga, lo hace con unos toques compactos, firmes y prolongados. Demuestra como domina a la...

Review SKIN TONES at Latin Percussion

It's your wake up call! Samuel Torres' Skin Tones is no sleeper. It's exciting from the get go, emphatically contemporary. This is not to say that Torres rejects tradition. But rather than reiterate, Torres has chosen to reconstruct in an instantly pleasing fashion. Also of significance, he has chosen instead...

Review SKIN TONES at www.laconga.org (spanish)

SAMUELITO TORRES nuestro "Manenguito criollo" cumplió su cometido con su primera producción discográfica titulada SKIN TONES (me atreví a traducirla como TONOS DEL CUERO). Sorprende y hace reaccionar al melómano del jazz y la música latina, no solo por la calidad en la produccion y grabacion que es vital en...

Grammy Award Winner

Marc Anthony's " Amar sin Mentiras" was awarded the 2005 grammy as best latin pop album. Samuel plays on tracks: "Escapemonos" featuring Jennifer Lopez, "Tu Amor me Hace Bien", "Volando entre tus brazos" accompanied by The London Simphony Orchestra, arranged by Jorge Calandrelli and Julio Reyes.