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Sammy Figueroa & Glaucia Nasser: Talisman

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Before percussionist Sammy Figueroa proved himself masterful at everything from bebop and vocalist accompaniment to rock and R&B-with a résumé stretching from Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins and Mark Murphy to Blondie, David Bowie, Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin-he cut his musical teeth in Brazilian/Latin fusion as co-founder, with guitarist and bandleader Bobby Valentín, of the Raices.

Though his passion for Latin jazz has never diminished, session work and tours with international headliners have dominated his career. Now the American-born Figueroa makes a welcome return to his roots alongside vibrant Brazilian vocalist Glaucia Nasser.

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