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Charles Flores: Impressions Of Graffiti

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Reared and educated in Cuba, bassist Charles Flores migrated to the US and evolved into a first-call session artist for saxophonist David Sanchez and flautist Dave Valentine among many others. Sadly, Flores' debut solo endeavor is a posthumous release as he succumbed to cancer on August 22, 2012. Yet it's a luminous testament to his holistic musicality. With impressive chops and knowing when to employ restraint, Flores is the traffic director on these invigorating and often Latin-tinged, multihued jazz-fusion pieces. Moreover, the first-rate band draws upon his energy and manifold compositional frameworks. Hence, the album signifies a commemorative inscription to ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Charles Flores: Impressions Of Graffiti

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No album should ever serve as a debut and a posthumously-released pièce de résistance, but such is the case with bassist Charles Flores' Impressions Of Graffiti. At the age of 40, the Grammy Award-winning bassist, who spent time working with pianist Michel Camilo, trumpeter Brian Lynch, reed master Paquito D'Rivera, drummer Dafnis Prieto, and numerous other Latin jazz notables, finally found time to put himself first, but his time quickly ran out; cancer took his life in August of 2012, but not before he had a chance to make his mark as a leader on record. Impressions ...



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