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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nestor Torres: Jazz Flute Traditions

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Born in Puerto Rico in 1957, Néstor Torres began learning the flute at the age of 12. Moving with his family to New York when he was 18, he studied jazz and classical music at the Mannes College of Music in New York and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Following in the wake of over fifteen albums, including the Grammy and Latin Grammy-nominated Nouveau Latino, released in 2008, Jazz Flute Traditions is an homage to early pioneers ...

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Nestor Torres: Dances, Prayers & Meditations for Peace

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Normally when I review an album that's mostly devoid of a session drummer, I get on a soapbox about how bland the programming is or how the music would be better if acoustic drums and cymbals were used instead of synths. Not so with Nestor Torres' Dances, Prayers & Meditations for Peace. It's not that Carlo Pennisi's programming, cleverly labeled as “production, breaks any molds. The difference here is that Torres' songwriting and performance are interesting enough to overcome the ...