- "[Samuel Torres]. has written and recorded music for his project that is inventive, lyrical, and important work. He is a special artist."
" 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. "
"About Skin Tones "...a modern Classic for all jazz lovers "
"... a skillful musician coming into his own."
"Skin Tones [Torres first solo album] is at once intelligent, sophisticated and explosive."
" [Samuel Torres’] playing is full of joy and that’s what music is all about.”
"... a ferocious conga solo by Samuel Torres that seemed not humanly possible."
"... a keen-eared, light-handed percussionist [who] can draw a rainbow of intriguing sounds."
“Samuel Torres is a percussionist extraordinaire. Samuel Torres is an exceptional composer. Samuel Torres is an astute arranger. Samuel Torres has vast skills as an orchestrator. All of those statements are valid responses to the question, who is Samuel Torres? The Colombian born artist, who now makes his home in New York City, has, as they say in the industry, "made a lot of noise" over the past few years. No, I don't mean banging and clanging around on a percussion kit. The phrase refers to doing something special and being noticed and respected by your peers . . . he is a cut above on all fronts.”
“As one of the most thrilling and gifted percussionists of his generation, Samuel Torres has made a practice of integrating Columbia folkloric music into his art. 'Alegria' is the latest example showcasing the rich musical heritage of Columbia, effortlessly swings through the intricate compositions celebrating masters Ray Barretto, Miguel ‘Anga’ Diaz, and Dr. Martin Luther King.”
“A release as daring and fulfilling as Alegria, the latest from Bogota, Colombia, native Samuel Torres, is a rarity . . . Keys to the date’s success are the leader’s ingenious blending of disparate rhythms, and the presence of six first-call horn players who provide the orchestral heft and harmonic textures . . . a truly evolved variant of Latin jazz.