Born: January 9, 1977 Primary Instrument: Flute
Yonkers, New York native Carlos Jimenez is the next generation of extraordinary flute players. He follows in the footsteps of greats such as Dave Valentin and Nestor Torres.
Carlos’ musical passion began at the age of four, when under the guidance of his father he learned to play the trumpet. The family returned to Villalba, Puerto Rico where there then six-year-old musician continued his musical training eventually landing him admission to the prestigious Fransisco Zayas Santana's High School where he studied with the famous maestro, Professor Pablo Leon.
In 1995 Carlos returned to New York City to study at the Music Conservatory of Westchester. There he expanded his repertoire to jazz studying with master musicians Dave Valentin, Hilton Ruiz, Mario Rivera, Bobby Porcelli, Sonny Bravo and Mike Longo....
“Jazz flautist Carlos Jimenez from Yonkers New York produces his latest musical project with his new “Thoughts” CD comprised of eleven new and original compositions firmly grounded in the smooth jazz tradition and containing strong elements of Latin Jazz, a genre with which Jimenez is closely associated. Sounding a bit like flautist Dave Valentin, Jimenez displays his ample chops on the flute leading a quartet which includes bassist Ruben Rodriguez, drummer Vince Cherico and Fidel Cuellar on the piano. The album opens up with a couple of smooth jazz tunes in “Carlitos My Son” and “Bluedo” featuring Cuellar on the keyboards as Jimenez makes the flute sing to high pitched notes. On “Storm of Love” the music begins with the sounds of falling rain leading to a Rodriguez bass solo picked up by the flautist on a tender run of his own in one of the down tempo numbers here. Jimenez’s Latin jazz pedigree comes shining through on such cuts as “No Te Apures (Don’t Worry),” “For You & Me,” and the title piece, “Thoughts” while “Look At The Sky” is a hard-driving groove showcasing the drumming prowess of Cherico in a decidedly percussive slant. Other nice highlights include “Swift,” the burner “Life is Great” and the light jazz finale of “Yours For Sure.” A natural blend of light smooth jazz and Latin jazz rhythms is sure to propel Carlos Jimenez’s “Thoughts” to the top of the smooth jazz charts in time. Jimenez proves once again that he is a force to be reckoned with in today’s jazz world and this recording pronounces this fact.” --Edward Blanco
Arriving, Carlos Jimenez 2005
El Flautista, Carlos Jimenez 2006
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