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Samuel Torres Group: Forced Displacement

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Modern history is littered with the casualties of man’s inhumanity to man. Percussionist Samuel Torres was born in Colombia. Forced Displacement is a 10-part suite dedicated to “the victims of violence in Colombia caused by the ongoing conflict between guerrillas, paramilitary groups and the national army.”

The octet here includes leading figures of the current genre that mixes Latin jazz with edgy New York improvisation: trumpeter Michael Rodriguez, saxophonist Yosvany Terry, trombonist Marshall Gilkes. Torres’ suite is founded on bullerengue, and to pursue the fervent polyrhythms of this Colombian folkloric form he uses three sources of percussion: his own congas, Obed Calvaire’s traps and Jonathan Gómez’s five Colombian instruments.

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