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Puerto Rican flautist Carlos Jimenez and his Mambo Dulcet band released the 3rd volume of their “Red Tailed Hawk” series this summer.

The songs in the album move to the beat of Salsa, although they have spices of Latin Jazz all around.

The EP of “Red Tailed Hawk, Vol. 3” includes 5 songs, although it’s really 5 versions of 2 songs. In doing this, Carlos wanted for the people to focus and spread the message of the songs.

Since the other versions highlight different soloists in each, the other versions serve to highlight the all-star lineup in the album.

Musicians in “Red Tailed Hawk, Vol. 3”

Carlos Jimenez must have great networking skills. The musicians in this recording are all-star caliber, which include:

Carlos Jimenez on cover of Mambo Dulcet

The Salsa music in Red Tailed Hawk Vol. 3 has great cadence, with good solos that provide hints of Latin Jazz.

Carlos Jimenez-flute/vocals/composer/arranger
Oscar Hernandez-piano/conductor
Eddie Montalvo-congas
Nicky Marrero-timbales
Lewis Kahn-violin/trombone
Ray Martinez-bass
Ivo Tirado Jr.-bongo/cowbell/coro

The music these guys put out is certainly enjoyable to listen.

It’s worth mentioning that the first two volumes also had great musicians in them. These include Sonny Bravo, Edy Martinez, Pate Nater, Alfredo Valdes Jr., Guillermo Jimenez (brother), Lewis Kahn, and Orlando Marin, among others.

Music in “Red Tailed Hawk, Vol. 3”

As Carlos indicated to me, “I dedicated this volume to Puerto Rico with all my heart, and with the realization that if [Puerto Ricans] love Puerto Rico, they need to wake up and move forward.”

The above is the main message on the song “Despierta Boricua” (Wake Up Puerto Rican). The songs features the nice playing and solo of the maestro Oscar Hernandez on piano.

Carlos, who is from the town of Villalba, adds that to meet this goal, we need to “help each other, support each other, and respect each other”.

Since I live in Puerto Rico I can tell you that right now we are far from that goal, so I hope these songs do bring a change in behavior among Puerto Ricans in the island.

The second song in the album is “Cacique del Yukayeque”. I was going to try to describe this song for you, but I found Carlos own description of it in his website…

“Cacique Del Yucayeque is a dream that I was invited to meet the Lider of the Tainos in Puerto Rico and to have their traditional foods like malanga, chayote, yautia, yuca, batata and play batu in the batey and also help prepare casabe with the very beautiful India Taina. Then after being lost for many days in the huge forest I finally arrived but the Bohio was burning and that was a very disturbing dream. I also added some Arawak taino language that I am trying to learn and I hope those who really know this great history help out more…”.

In the main version of “Cacique” there are solos of piano, bongo, and conga. In the alternate version, Nicky has a chance to stretch out his arms in the timbal.

Here’s the YouTube audio of the song “Despierta Boricua”.

Summary of “Red Tailed Hawk, Vol. 3”

By the way, before I end this blog and forget to mention it, “Red Tailed Hawk” is the English name for the Puerto Rican bird called “Guaraguao”. Although Vol. 3 of this collection is short, it’s certainly sweet and full of flavor.

In case it peaks your curiosity, the other two volumes; Vol. 2 (2013) and Vol. 1 (2011) have 7 and 10 songs respectively. With the great musicians that participate in these recordings, I think it will be worth your while to check them out.

You can find more information on Vol 3., the previous volumes, and all of Mambo Dulcet’s music at the web page of Carlos Jimenez Mambo Dulcet.

Expresion Latina-LIma, Peru

Published on Jun 15, 2018
El flautista Carlos Jiménez tiene toda la esencia puertorriqueña en las venas, a pesar de haber nacido en New York. Es más, su formación musical la inició en Puerto Rico y la completó en La Gran Manzana, estudiando a los grandes del latin jazz. Jiménez ha sabido cultivar varias virtudes musicales a lo largo de su formacion y experiencia en la música y los escenarios, es cantante, compositor, arreglista, además de flautista. Este sobresaliente y dedicado músico está profundamente involucrado con el jazz y los ritmos latinos, como es natural, y desde que lanzó el primero de los volúmenes de la serie Red tailed hawk se ha empeñado en destacar los grandes estándares que lo han ido cautivando en su vivencia personal, tanto en el latin jazz, el jazz y la música cubana. En este tercer volumen "Red tailed hawk Vol III" (2018) una co producción entre Carlos C. Jimenez y Cjmartinete Music Co, la idea es más bien como un tema convariaciones, centrado en 2 líneas centrales, la salsa y el latin jazz, para lo cual se ha sabido acompañar de extraordinarios maestros de nuestra música sabrosa, como Oscar Hernández y Eddie Moltalvo, leyendas vivas de los ritmos latinos. Los Músicos que intervienen: Carlos Jiménez – flute/vocals/composer/arranger Oscar Hernández – piano/conductor Eddie Montalvo – congas Nicky Marrero – timbales Ray Martinez – bass Lewis Kahn – violin/trombone Ivo Tirado Jr. – bongo/cowbell/coro

DJ Rey Boricua, Salsa Warriors

DJ Rey Boricua, Salsa Warriors

Review of Red Tailed Hawk Vol.3 by Carlos Jimenez Mambo Dulcet.

Despierta Boricua: The first track on the Red Tailed Hawk Vol.3 cd is Despierta Boricua, a jazzy Salsa track featuring an awesome piano solo buy Oscar Hernandez and vocals/flute solo by Carlos Jimenez.  The track while jazzy yet very danceable with swing. Highly recommended.  

Cacique de Yucayeque: The second track Cacique de Yucayeque is another smooth Jazzy Salsa track featuring an awesome piano solo by Oscar Hernandez and Bass solo by Ray Martinez and ended with masterful percussion solos by legends Eddie Montalvo on Congas & Nicky Marrero on Timbales. Highly Recommended.

 

La Salsa Es Mi Vida

Nativo de Nueva York Carlos Jiménez es un extraordinario flautista de jazz y jazz latino. También es vocalista, compositor, líder de la banda de salsa y productor de muchas grabaciones. La familia regresó a Villalba, Puerto Rico, donde el entonces músico de seis años continuó su formación musical en la Escuela Secundaria Francisco Zayas Santana, donde estudió con el famoso maestro, el profesor Pablo León. En 1995, Carlos regresó a la ciudad de Nueva York y estudió en el Conservatorio de Música de Westchester. Luego amplió su repertorio al jazz estudiando con los maestros músicos Dave Valentin, Hilton Ruiz, Mario Rivera, Bobby Porcelli, Sonny Bravo, Mike Longo y Alfredo Valdés Jr.

Carlos Jimenez ha grabado con; Hilton Ruiz, Oscar Hernández, Nicky Marrero, Eddie Montalvo, Stephane Ronget, David Schnitter, Edy Martínez, Dave Valentin, Sonny Bravo, Gilberto “El Pulpo” Colón, Ray Martínez, Enrique Haneine y el maestro Alfredo Valdés Jr.
Dos temas con diferentes versiones nos dejan pasmados al escuchar estas monstruosidades de temas, ingenio nato, casual y elegante versifican su propuesta tan original y fina sin duda dara mucho de qué hablar estos temas, excelente y muy recomendados.

All-About-Jazz

Carlos Jimenez / Mambo Dulcet: Red Tailed Hawk

Mark Weinstein have helped to widen this avenue of instrumental exploration. They've paved the way and opened up a world of possibilities for fine and feisty flautists of the present and future to flourish in danceable domains. Carlos Jimenez is one of the beneficiaries of their trailblazing. 

Jimenez, who was brought up in New York, moved to Puerto Rico at the age of six and returned to the Big Apple to further his musical studies in 1995, has absorbed the work of his instrumental forbearers and peers, but he's no copycat. Red Tailed Hawk presents an artist who stands firmly on his own two feet, which are both likely moving to the tasty grooves that power this music. 

Vamps and a steady percussive flow are part and parcel for these pieces, which tend to value feel and solo work over harmonic movement. While this can cause interest to wane on occasion, the personalities involved usually keep this problem at bay with a steady flow of excitement and energy. Jimenez delivers bright, perky solos that are fun-filled snapshots of his chipper musical persona and he aligns his axe with different front line allies from track to track. Trumpeter Peter Nater proves to be a strong soloist and simpatico partner, though his horn has some occasional intonational rub with the leader's flute ("Goza Nena"). Likewise, 

Lewis Kahn is a highly skilled double threat, capable of creating a stir with trombone or violin. While Guillermo Perez's guitar is only heard on "La Playa," it adds volumes to that track. 


When Jimenez isn't doling out sweet flute treats, he puts his instrument down and sings. His voice, like his flute, cuts straight to the heart of the music and proves to be an equally powerful instrument. The real Red-Tailed Hawk may be a bird of prey, but Jimenez's music harbors no threat. It merely invites hip shaking and rewards open ears. 


Track Listing: Tanto Rogarte; Goza Nena; Tu Boquita Dulce Y Maravillosa; Alma Con Alma; Guaraguao (Red Tailed Hawk); My One & Only Love; La Playa; Mambo Terrifico; Cachita; Tomando Cafe.

Personnel: Carlos Jimenez: flute, vocals, piano (10); Edy Martinez: piano, vocals; Willie Cintron: bass; George Cintron: timbales; Juan Rodriguez: congas; Lewis Kahn: trombone, violin; Guillermo Jimenez: chekere, bongo; Peter Nater: trumpet (3, 4, 6); Richie Viruet: trumpet (10); John Guth: guitar (5, 8); Orlando Marlin: timbales (6); Guillermo Perez: Fender Rhodes (7), guitar (7), vocals (7); David Cruz: piano (8); Sonny Bravo: piano (7); Alfred Valdes, Jr.: Piano (2).

Title: Red Tailed Hawk | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: CJMartinete Music Co. www.carlosjimenezjazzflutist.com 

Blog Critics

Flute is a scary instrument; jazz flute doubly so. Too often flute players fall back on either candy sweetness or the tired breath tricks that Ian Anderson has been doing with Jethro Tull for more than thirty years now. The instrument suffers as well by its overuse in Muzak and tepid soft rock, to the point where people reflexively assign flute music to the “eww” file. For my part, all the great jazz flute players who push my buttons (and that’s not many, owing to my own ignorance) are experimenters who use the flute as a tool to explore the outer limits rather than just play some good old straight music. 

All this goes triple for Latin jazz flute, where the light tone of the instrument can get buried underneath an avalanche of percussion. It’s a neat trick, then, that Yonkers, NY native Carlos Jimenez has pulled off. As a young Latin jazz flutist, he has made an album that leaves the flute front and center, counterbalanced by a rhythm section that for all their propulsion and weight still leave plenty of room for the flute on top. Moreover, Jimenez is a straight-ahead player interested in exploring groove and melody rather than orbiting Neptune on a descending-modal whole tone run. And even though the words “tasteful flute” generally make me want to run screaming for my Slayer albums, he has made a very promising debut album, titled Arriving.

Jimenez’ tone is light and airy, about as far from the round caramel sweetness of classical flute as it’s possible to get, and he has developed a voice as a soloist that makes the most of this lightness. He sometimes leaves phrases open ended, building up questioning statements for bars at a time before tying them together again. Although he is young (and plays young), his ideas have enough meat on them to promise a lot of room for him to develop as a player.

His band backs him up in style with great comping and tight rhythms that balance the Latin and jazz sides of their sound nicely. Bassist Geoff Brennan in particular skips across the beat with a feel that digs in like Stanley Clarke but bounces like a salsa band. The percussion line of Hilton Ruiz (piano), Guillermo Jimenez (timbales), Aryam Vazquez (congas) and Adam Weber (drum kit) keep Brennan tied to earth with knotty and dense rhythms that smolder and spark. In particular, Ruiz’ solos and tartly dissonant comping fill in harmonic and rhythmic details beautifully, and the occasional backbeat fill from Weber sometimes send things in a welcome bebop direction. 

Arriving is a collection of originals by Jimenez (plus Miles Davis’ “So What”), most of which are open-ended head charts that devote most of their space to soloing (I’m not even sure if a couple of Jimenez’ compositions even have heads or not). While this suggests that Jimenez’ writing has a lot of growing up to do, it doesn’t actually detract from the album as a whole. With a rhythm section as tight and alert as his, Jimenez can carry tunes on solos that, though sometimes limited, are expressive enough to retain interest. 

Standout tracks include the opening “Tomando Cafe,” “Natalie’s Cha Cha Cha” and “Arriving,” which percolate with sparkling rhythms and probing solos from Jimenez, Ruiz, and guest player Bobby Porcelli (alto sax) on “Arriving.” Elsewhere, as on “Tunnel of Flowers” and “My Allison,” Jimenez and crew give over to prettiness that goes on too long to really hold interest.

The greatest compliment I can give is that I have Arriving on an IPod playlist with a number of heavy hitters in Latin and Latin hybrid music – The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Mandrill, Jimmy Bosch, Poncho Sanchez, Mongo Santamaria, and so on – and the best selections from Arriving always send me rushing back to the “now playing” screen to remind myself who’s making this good noise. 

Although not perfect, Arriving is a strong debut from a young player.

Jazz Review

New York city is home to a thriving Latin jazz scene, including several fine flutists, Andrea Brachfeld, Mark Weinstein, Jessica Valientes and recent Grammy winner Dave Valentin. Carlos Jimenez is a new addition to this fold and this is his debut CD appropriately entitled Arriving.

Jimenez arrives after a number of years paying his dues, some in his birthplace and current home of Yonkers, some in Puerto Rico where he spent several years. Since taking up the flute he has studied with some fine Latin players, Mitch Frohman from Tito Puente's band, Mario Rivera, Bobby Porcelli, who appears on this recording, and, more recently, Dave Valentin who also puts in a guest appearance. Jimenez also attributes much of his inspiration to pianist Mike Longo. These influences can be heard in Jimenez' flute work; he has a good full sound, a secure rhythmic sense and a good flow of invention in his improvisations. He has wisely chosen to center his rhythm section around a seasoned veteran-pianist Hilton Ruiz, with whom Jimenez has also studied. With Ruiz at the controls the rhythm section snaps and crackles. Jimenez takes central stage as soloist but leaves room for Ruiz, plus cameo appearances by Khan, Porcelli and Valentin, the latter on the final track, the only one not an original composition by Jimenez. It says something for Jimenez' prowess as a flutist that it is hard to tell him and Valentin apart! 

This is certainly a fine debut for a new artist. Along with his flute work, he also contributed seven original compositions. On the whole these are strong, with the usual Latin vamps and grooves, bossas and cha chas, with one slower ballad, My Allison. One caveat. If I had been the producer, I would have suggested leavening these with one or two standards. Jimenez' originals are not quite distinctive enough to carry the whole album. Dave Valentin, Jessica Valiente--these are good composers, but their recordings benefit from a program that mixes their originals with traditional Latin forms and/or jazz standards. I think such a formula would serve Jimenez well on his next recording, which I look forward to hearing.

Al-About-Jazz

Carlos Jimenez: Arriving

There is no doubt that for a large part of the movie-watching population, jazz flute will instantly call to mind Will Ferrell's heroically unhinged performance on said instrument in a scene from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. That Ferrell is now synonymous with jazz flute in some quarters says something, although I'm not exactly sure what. Regardless, Carlos Jimenez approaches the flute on Arriving in a traditional manner, without a sense of irony.

The great danger of playing flute in a jazz setting is that the light breathiness of the instrument can evaporate into the ether, leaving listeners with nothing to hold on to. Luckily, Jimenez solves this problem by ensuring that the music behind him has a heavy percussive base. For the most part, the rhythm section locks into a solid timbal and conga-spiced groove while Jimenez solos freely on top. The contrast between the high and low makes both ends that much more compelling and vivid.

Four of these eight tracks feature guest musicians who help keep the sound fresh and evolving. Violinist Lewis Khan's appearance on "Flute & Violin is particularly stimulating. Khan and Jimenez play over a Middle Eastern-tinged melody that is both exotic and alluring. On Miles Davis' "So What —incidentally, the only track not composed by Jimenez—Dave Valentin also sits in on flute, with a deeply hypnotic result.

Arriving is a fine display of mellow Latin jazz on which the high points outnumber some of the more generic tunes. And, just in case fans of Anchorman may be wondering, the album does not feature a quote from "Aqualung. 


Track Listing: Tomando Cafe; Flute & Violin; Natalie's Cha Cha Cha; Arriving; Tunnel Of Flowers; My Allison; Que Paso?; So What.

Personnel: Carlos Jimenez: flute; Hilton Ruiz:piano; Guillermo Jimenez: timbales; Geoff Brennan: bass; Aryam Vazquez: congas; Adam Weber: drums; Dave Valentin: flute (8); Bobby Porcelli: alto saxophone (4,6); Lewis Khan: violin (2).

Title: Arriving | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: CJMartinete Music Co.

 

Chumancera Latin Jazz

Carlos Jimenez – Arriving


Yonkers, Nueva York natal, Carlos Jiménez es la nueva generación de flautistas extraordinarias. Sigue los pasos de grandes como José Fajardo, Dave Valentin, Néstor Torres.
Pasión por la música de Carlos comenzó a la edad de cuatro años, cuando bajo la dirección de su padre aprendió a tocar la trompeta. La familia regresó a Villalba, Puerto Rico, donde el entonces de seis años de edad, el músico continuó su formación musical al final lo de aterrizar la admisión a la prestigiosa escuela Francisco Zayas Santana alta en Villalba, Puerto Rico, donde estudió con el famoso maestro, el profesor Pablo León .
En 1995, Carlos volvió a Nueva York para estudiar en el Conservatorio de Música de Westchester. Durante la realización de un año de su educación en música clásica, que amplió su repertorio al jazz estudiando con músicos maestros Dave Valentín, Hilton Ruiz, Mario Rivera, Bobby Porcelli, Sonny Bravo y Longo Mike.

Su talento y su pasión por el Jazz, Latin Jazz, Salsa, así como sonidos brasileños y asiáticos se ha traducido en su grabación con muchos grandes de la música, incluyendo: Hilton Ruiz, Ronget Stephane, Sermones Saunders, Willie Cintrón, Sonny Bravo, Martínez Edy, Alfredo Valdez Jr., David Braham, Rubén Rodríguez, Dave Valentin, Jay 
Hoggard, David Schnitter, Jennings Jerónimo, Orlando Vega, Geoff Brennan, Chris Smith, Fidel Cuéllar, BRUN Jeremy Kahn Lewis, Gregg agosto, Weber Adán, Cherico Vince, Guillermo Jiménez, Aryam Vázquez, Wilson Corniel, Juan Rodríguez, Cintrón George y Bobby Porcelli.
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 Carlos Jiménez, Arriving (2005)
Small-combo Latin jazz, particularly flute-led, always runs the risk of becoming superficial background music. Jiménez is at higher risk, because he has a low-key, mellow sensibility, but fortunately he beats the odds: the ballads ("My Allison") are sensitive but not sappy, while the high-gear numbers show welcome unpredictability ("Tomando Café"). Similarly, the compositions don't knock you off your chair, but feel like they've always been in your life, like a favorite uncle ("Tunnel Of Flowers"). The elegant closing run through the Miles Davis standard "So What" (featuring Dave Valentín) exemplifies the unhurried, subtle but substantive approach, though the centerpiece is the contemplative, moving title track. The backing band is Hilton Ruiz (piano), Geoff Brennan (bass), Guillermo Jiménez (timbales), Aryam Vázquez (congas) and Adam Weber (drums); Lewis Khan guests on "Flute & Violin." (DBW)

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SCORCHING HOT DANCEABLE LATIN JAZZ FROM

CARLOS JIMÉNEZ MAMBO DULCET

RED TAILED HAWK, VOLUME II (CJ MARTINETE MUSIC, 2013)

 

CD REVIEW/COMMENTARY

BY VICKI SOLÁ

 

As I listened to flutist/bandleader Carlos Jiménez and his group Mambo Dulcet’s latest production Red Tailed Hawk , Volume II for the first time, I remember uttering aloud the somewhat trite and definitely overused adjective, “Beautiful!”

 

When my son Frank asked me why I was talking to myself—indeed, shouting—I replied to him and myself, “This is Latin jazz, just the way I love it—authentic, fiery and extremely danceable, with fabulous and seasoned musicians.” Not just a lackluster collection of jazz standards covered too often, hastily thrown over a clave beat.

 

I’ve heard Jiménez’s seven track album many times since—it’s become a semi-permanent fixture in my car’s CD player—and my reaction remains the same each time I listen, as I make fresh discoveries, some subtle, some not so subtle.

 

Jiménez, responsible for the arrangements, presents a mix of classics along with a couple original compositions, and features pianists Edy Martínez, Sonny Bravo, Alfredo Valdés, Jr. and Enrique Haneine—each one incredible.

 

On “Descarga TP,” the flutist’s percussion laden tribute to Tito Puente, Jiménez is accompanied by Bravo (piano), John Guth (guitar), Willie Cintrón (bass), Guillermo Jiménez (timbales), George Cintrón (bongo) and Juan Rodríguez (congas).

 

Carlos Jiménez plays flute and contributes vocals on classics “Cachita (Fast Take)” and “Bilongo,” where we also hear Martínez, Willie Cintrón, George Cintrón, Rodríguez, and drummer Rafael Monteagudo, the latter singing on “Cachita” and providing the beat and more on “Bilongo.”

 

Sonny Bravo handles piano duties on “Los Tamalitos” and Alfredo Valdés, Jr. does the honors on “La Gloria Eres Tu.”

 

I’ve saved my two favorites, both Jiménez compositions, for last—“Mi Ritmo” and “Tanto Rogarte.” I remember speaking with Jiménez just after I’d heard the former, and saying, “Carlos, you got me with that one!” Hadn’t even listened to “Tanto Rogarte’’ yet.…

 

Featured with Jiménez on “Mi Ritmo” are maestro Martínez, Monteagudo, and Lloyd Nilsen (bass).

 

“Tanto Rogarte,” which Jiménez characterizes as salsa/Latin jazz, is an eleven minute track that I can listen to forever. Here, the flutist features Monteagudo and Nilsen, plus the iconic Jorge Maldonado on vocals, and pianist Enrique Haneine, who blew me away.

 

The seasoned, much acclaimed Haneine, who hails from Mexico City—he has also been active in pop music, serving as Ricky Martin’s musical director, pianist and arranger—exemplifies everything that a jazz pianist should be—and he sure knows how to play salsa, too.  As I pointed out to my son, the piano is a percussion instrument, and that fact is brought home with Haneine’s percussive style.

 

I am wowed by the virtuosic interplay between Jiménez and Haneine—both class acts—on this intensely danceable and listenable (if I might coin a newly invented term) track, one that wails, simmers down, then flares up again like a house on fire—a thirteen alarm conflagration!

 

Carlos Jiménez, a brilliant player who can play percussively himself, and a veteran, is equally at home in the worlds of Latin jazz and salsa.

 

“Red Tailed Hawk, Volume II,” he states, “is just an amazing continuation of my way of producing traditional music with various wonderful musicians, to create curiosity, enthusiasm and ideas as we learn from each other. Once we have Volumes I and II, then our fans and musicians want the next one. It becomes fun and brings hope and happiness.” Jiménez is about to release yet another CD, possibly by the time you read this.

 

Red Tailed Hawk , Volume II  is available as an MP3, by digital download. ◊◊◊

 

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Embreve Latin Jazz Magazine

Carlos Jimenez – Thoughts; Pensamientos CD

With his latest release entitled “Thoughts; Pensamientos” Carlos Jimenez and crew have succeeded in arriving at the perfect blend of straight up lite Jazz with a Latin flair.

Our favorite cut is entitled “My Son”. The compilation consists of 11 original cuts  and exemplifies the effects of sofrito, that special blend of flavorings rendering harmonies sure to hit home with jazz aficionados. With the upcoming release of the CD this artist is catapulted to new heights; that beyond the cuchifrito circuit. The CD makes an excellent addition to any collection, and a must have.

 

Embreve Latin Jazz Magazine

Carlos Jimenez Mambo Dulcet – Red Tailed Hawk CD

Got an email from Carlos Jimenez a month ago informing me of his Latest CD entitled ” Carlos Jimenez Mambo Dulcet Red Tailed Hawk” and of course I had to get my hands on it; Carlos was kind enough to provide a copy.

The work is dedicated to his Grandfather “Cruz Jimenez” and Uncles’ “Luis  and Polo Jimenez” all Korean War Veterans.  Its only fitting, as I received the CD shortly before Veterans Day and being myself a Veteran,  was touched by the sentiment.

To honor those that served in our defense so that we could enjoy our current liberties; BTW… Dad if you are reading this…. Thanks for the two tours in Nam and glad you came home safe.  As for me, while I was in during Vietnam, I was safe and dry  as our involvement was winding down; enough of my ramblings, now back to the CD.

As with fine wine, once the bottle is opened it should be allowed to breath for a spell before one begins the process leading to enjoyment. Similarly with a new CD, once the seal is broken, a random sampling and then a scheduled long drive, phone turned off and CD playing; total immersion.

This CD is a departure from previous works and signifies artistic growth not only as a tremendous flutists but as a vocalist.  Featured on this CD are Edy Martinez (Piano); Alfredo “Alfredito” Valdes Jr. (Piano); Orlando Marin (Timbales); and Sonny Bravo (Piano).

The fist thought that came to mind was “Now this is serious dance music”.   Listening to the words of first cut entitled “Tanto Rogarte” I was reminded of loves lost or thrown away; was it fate? The next cut is “Goza Nena” meaning “Enjoy it Baby” and the trend continues as by the third cut, the title is ” Tu Boquita Duce Y Maravillosa” the literal English translation is “Your Mouth Sweet and Marvelous”.   I am certain you will agree that from theses titles the inspiration behind these as well as other cuts on the CD just might  be a Love or a Lover’s lament; you decide.

I did speak with Carlos briefly about the CD and the inspiration behind it; commenting that the symbolism on the cover art was heavy and that the music seem to be in step.  On the surface, several of the cuts are instantly appealing as the rhythms hit deep, perhaps the essence of this performance; resonating so deep within the listener that it’s just a matter of time before all heck breaks loose and they find themselves gyrating to the Afro-Latin beats.  The longer one listens, the deeper into this mystic journey and that is where you will  find a well laid out series of influences showcased by the exceptionally talented musicians that collaborated on Red Tailed Hawk.

This is a CD that is surely to be well received and coveted.

John Irizarry
Enbreve.com

Amazon

A una persona le resultó útil.

5.0 de 5 estrellasNew Star "Arriving"
el 9 de septiembre de 2005 - Publicado en Amazon.com
Carlos Jimenez brings a new voice to the Latin Jazz genre and its a voice to be reckoned with. His flute stylings remind me of Hubert Laws & Dave Valentine (who, incidently, contributes). This CD, entitled Arriving is a must have.

Jazz and Bossa

CD Review: Carlos Jimenez - El Flautista

Featured Artist: Carlos Jimenez

CD Title: El Flautista

Year: 2006

Record Label: CJ Martinete Music Co. - BMI

Style: Latin Jazz

Musicians: Carlos Jimenez (Flute), Gregg August (Bass), Guillermo Jimenez (Timbales), David Braham (Piano), Chembo Corniel (Congas, Percussion), John Walsh (Trumpet), Bobby Porcelli (Alto Sax)

Review: El Flautista was Carlos Jimenez second album, released in 2006. Check out the review for his new album Thoughts at: http://jazznbossa.ning.com/profiles/blogs/cd-review-carlos-jimenez

If you like Latin Jazz you will love the music on this CD. For those who don't know much about Latin Jazz, Salsa or Caribbean music, there is something Latin Jazz and Salsa musicians call "afinque". Sorry, don't know the translation to english or portuguese for that one. But what basically means, is "the cohesiveness of the musicians, especially in the rhythm section (bass, piano and percussion). It is similar to swing for Jazz musicians. One can feel when a Jazz Band swings and when a Latin Jazz have "afinque". And these guys have it.

Gandulero, the first track, is a perfect example of what Latin Jazz is all about. Nice rhythm, full of energy and Carlos phrasing and tone on flute are amazing as always. Duende is a slower tune with interesting melodies and rhythms. There is some influence of "Bomba" on this one. Bomba is a style of music from Puerto Rico. It comes out of the musical traditions brought by enslaved Africans in the 17th century. You may hear "Bomba rhythms" in the music of Puerto Rican artists like Ismael Rivera, Rafael Cortijo and El Gran Combo.

Back to the Latin Jazz feeling on "Did you feel it?" Beautiful piano played by David Braham. If the question in the title is "did I feel the rhythm?" , the answer is "I sure did".

The piano rhythm at the intro of " El Flautista" is also typical of Latin Jazz and Salsa music, in the style of Puerto Rico great piano players like Eddie Palmieri. The addition of trumpet and sax gives this track, more fullness and richness, listen also to Getty Square.

Excellent version of Count Basie Blue & Sentimental. A nice "Bolero" feeling on this arrangement and a good choice to use a Fender organ instead of a piano. Carlos proves on this one he can slow down and still play with feeling.

A different kind of rhythm on "Mongo's Style". I'm guessing the title refers to the great Cuban musician, Mongo Santamaria. And the music on "Mongo's Style" reflects the cuban side of Latin Jazz. I guess it's impossible to be a Puerto Rican flute player and not to be influenced by Dave Valentín. Carlos solos on "El Carnaval para Ray" are a good example of Dave Valentin influence on Latin Jazz musicians.

The album ends with a cool version of "For you Hilton" a composition and homage to Hilton Ruiz, one of the best piano players from Puerto Rico who died in 2006, the same year this CD came out.

Tracks: Gandulero, Duende, Did you feel it?, El Flautista, Blue & Sentimental, Getty Square, Mongo's Style, El Carnaval para Ray, For you Hilton

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Carlos Jimenez Kicks Off Yonkers Downtown BID’s Free Jazz and Blues 

Carlos Jimenez, the next generation of great Puerto Rican flute players and a native of Yonkers, and The Latin Jazz Band kicked off the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront Business Improvement District's fourth annual free "Jazz and Blues at Dusk" Summer Concert Series last Friday evening. The concert was the first of 10 that will be staged weekly every Friday through September 3 at the Yonkers Waterfront Amphitheatre from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. If rain, the concerts will be staged at the Yonkers Pier.

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Latin Jazz Stars Celebrate Legacy of Jose Fajardo & 60 Years of Charanga

On Saturday, October 3, a host of prominent Latin jazz players will salute the legacy of Cuban flutist Jose Fajardo and the music he helped popularize-charanga-in a special concert held at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture at CCNY in the Bronx, New York. Among the artists scheduled to perform are Sonny Bravo, Edy Zervigon, Carlos Jimenez and Dave Valentin, as well as Armando Alberto Fajardos, his son.

Fajardo, who died in 2001, was one of Latin music’s important bandleaders. Fajardo popularized charanga, a musical style that, in contrast to some of the more driving Latin music genres, emphasized a lighter touch, with vocals, flute, violins, piano, bass and percussion. Fajardo was born in Cuba in 1919 and after a young career as a sideman, formed his own group in the ’40s and within 10 years became a huge star, not only in Cuba but also in the United States, particularly in New York and Miami. Fajardo emigrated to the United States shortly after the Cuban revolution in 1959 and continued his career as a performer at Latin clubs and a recording artist with labels like Fania and Columbia. When Fajardo stopped performing regularly, his son kept his band and legacy alive.

The event is produced by Mat Productions. The box office number for Hostos is 718-518-4455.

Repeating Island

May 29 marked the birth date of Puerto Rican jazz musician Hilton Ruiz (1952 – 2006) as well as the release of his last album, Hilton’s Last Note (2009). As James Nadal explains, Hilton’s Last Note is the record he started out to make but did not live to complete. Ruiz [also see The Late Hilton Ruiz, Latin Jazz Musician] died tragically on June 6, 2006 while on a visit to New Orleans to work on an album that was meant to be a tribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. This final recording, released posthumously by the late pianist’s daughter, Aida Ruiz, captures the images and essence of New Orleans in the wake of the hurricane.

In his review, Nadal buoyantly describes some of the pieces in this last album, including tributes to Ruiz done by other musicians, such as flautist Carlos Jimenez, vibraphonist Jay Hoggard, drummer Dafnis Prieto, cuatro player Yomo Toro, and most poignantly, Ruiz’s own daughter, who has added a short flute homage to her father in “Hilton’s Melody.” The album offers a variety of rhythms attesting to Ruiz’s versatility and virtuosity, moving from charanga and samba to the blues, with touches of calypsobop, and montuno. The album highlights Ruiz’s “masterful display of infinite skills and technique.”

Says Nadal, “Hilton Ruiz left us much too soon. Those who took the time to listen to his music are better for it, and yet are left with a void. Ruiz was a brilliant pianist with a versatility and passion seldom heard. That is what makes Hilton’s Last Note so special.”

Hilton’s Last Note is available through www.hiltonruiz

Solar Latin Club

El flautista, compositor y arreglista Carlos Jiménez regresó en 2011 a los estudios de grabación con el objetivo de presentar una nueva entrega discográfica denominada Red tailed hawk, en la cual contó con el concurso de músicos legendarios de la escena de Nueva York como Edy Martínez, Alfredo Valdés Jr, Orlando Marín y Sonny Bravo. Red tailed hawk nos presenta a Jiménez como cantante y pianista en algunos números. El repertorio trabajado en este registro discográfico presenta las interpretaciones de estándares del jazz (My one & only love) el jazz latino (Mambo terrífico) y la música cubana (Alma con alma, La playa –El niche-), así como el mundialmente conocido Cachita, junto a las obras musicales del propio Jiménez. El cha cha chá, modalidad musical cubana, es la base interpretativa de algunos temas presentes en este disco. Participan también destacados músicos como Lewis Kahn, Pete Nater y Richie Viruet, entre otros. Red tailed hawk tiene la virtud de visibilizar la vigencia musical de los maestros. - See more at: http://www.solarlatinclub.com/carlos-jimenez-mambo-dulcet-red-tailed-hawk/#sthash.hz2wWhpf.dpuf

Solar Latin Club

Carlos Jimenez Mambo Dulcet – Red Tailed Hawk, Vol. II

Lo que ya funciono una vez bien no se modifica, el sentido común nos lo indica. Esta premisa esta bien asimilada por el flautista, compositor y arreglista Carlos Jimenez. Ya en su anterior entrega Carlos Jimenez Mambo Dulcet – Red Tailed Hawk (CJ Martinete – 2011), esta receta le funciono a la perfección en un producto de gran factura tanto creativa como interpretativa.

Carlos Jimenez comprende bien la formula, discos bailables, arreglos con cambios sorpresivos y con posibilidad para que cada uno de los solistas se desfoguen y muestren porque están ahí.  En el primer numero del álbum, Descarga T.P,  se muestra generosos en sus respectivos solos: Sonny Bravo, ex-director de la típica 73, en el de piano, John Guth en la guitarra y  cerrando Guillermo Jimenez en los timbales.  Por su parte, la leyenda del piano, Edy Martinez deja su huella en la terrífica descarga Mi Ritmo dejando el camino servido para que el flautista Jimenez nos embruje con su respectivo solo.

También hacen parte del Vol. II los clásicos Cachita, Bilongo y Los Tamalitos de Olga. Mención especial merece la extensa descarga Tanto Rogarte, que igualmente fue incluido en su anterior producción. En esta ocasión recargada en forma de jam y con un alta dosis de improvisación donde se destacan el piano de Enrique Haneine , Lloyd Nilsen en el bajo, Rafael Monteagudo en los timbales y  Jorge Maldonado en los vocales.

Carlos Jimenez demuestra en este disco, su octavo como solista,  porque es reconocido como uno de los mejores flautistas en la escena de la salsa y el latín jazz contemporáneo. Solo un genio podría compaginar tantas estrellas en una grabación que exulta alegría y sabor.

 

New Gen Salsa

Review: Carlos Jimenez Mambo Dulcet “Tanto Rogarte” Tanto Rogarte (Salsa) 

 

Carlos Jimenez is back with Mambo Dulcet Red Tailed Hawk Vol.II  his new latin jazz album. I’m featuring “Tanto Rogarte” which is one of my favorites in this new CD. Although the title indicates that this is a salsa track it definitely has the latin jazz elements with the hot Salsa flavor which makes it very danceable. This will make a nice addition to your latin jazz collection.

You can purchase this CD at CDBaby.com or you can just click on the Sound Cloud player where it says “Buy this track”

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Jazz Italia

La tradizione flautistica del Latin jazz è probabilmente una delle più solide e corpose della musica contemporanea. Il set degli ottoni è da sempre il momento propulsivo del sound del Caribe, consolidato da una tenace preparazione tecnica che, come nel caso di Carlos Jimenez, ha consentito a molti di divenire solisti capaci tanto di scrivere quanto di arrangiare secondo vari stili, offrendo intensi cromatismi e contaminazioni dense di pathos.

 

Tipica del fraseggio dello strumentista newyorkese è l'evocazione di paesaggi sonori per certi versi appartenenti ad un repertorio irripetibile, ad un patrimonio culturale classico reso attuale da un groove nitido e ricco di impulsi vitali, fisicamente concentrato in interventi che si pongono al di là delle mode, secondo un flusso ed un timbro del tutto personali, credibili per il sotteso senso di rinnovamento di formule fin troppo ascoltate.

Il suo incedere sfumato da molte coloriture vibranti non sembra destinato a restare nell'ombra, dal momento che si lega saldamente ad un'immaginazione poetica ben distinta e di ampio respiro: è una scelta accurata e opportunamente sostenuta da una ritmica di ottima scuola, operante nell'area della ricerca sonora indicata dalle sue stesse variegate composizioni.

I morbidi intrecci melodici prodotti dal flauto di Jimenez sottendono una capacità interpretativa fortemente avvolgente, immersa in atmosfere seducenti di tradizione blue venate di smooth e funky ("Yours For Sure", "Bluedo", "No te apures"), come nella miglior tradizione del Latin jazz

L'album offre del flautista un'immagine di musicista sensibile, raffinato, mai eccessivo nella tecnica, amante di arrangiamenti lineari e ben equilibrati, tessuti fra ritmicità poliedriche ed un estro improvvisativo tipicamente jazzistico, in cui l'elemento sensibile non di rado diviene passionale, caldo, energico e, allo stesso tempo, piacevolmente sensuale, lasciando talvolta intuire angolature notturne e sentimentali ("Thoughts", Pensieri, il titolo…) che in modo tanto garbato quanto evidente conducono Jimenez a mai dimenticare le proprie collaborazioni con Dave Valentin e Hilton Ruiz.

Smussata ogni asprezza del dialogo, l'incedere sinuoso dell' impeto emotivo riconduce alle suggestive sfumature di un linguaggio artistico vivo di forza interiore e passioni suadenti, pacato e inquieto come il cielo del Caribe.

Urban by Design

[Mount Vernon, NY] Mount Vernon residents were treated to the tropical sounds of Latin Jazz flautist Carlos Jimenez.  The extraordinary entertainment was part of the Westchester Arts Council's Free Arts Day.  Jimenez, a Yonkers-based musician, led a talented ensemble of musicians on piano, bass, congas, timbales, sax, and percussion.  The set included several well-known compositions by the legendary Dizzy Gillespie: Night in Tunisia, Manteca, and Con Alma.  The electrifying afternoon concluded with Getty Square, an amazing original piece written and arranged by Carlos Jimenez.

Staff from the Mount Vernon Public Library indicated that they want to have even more community programming in 2008! I had a wonderful time. 

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Lucid Culture- Jazz, Classical Music and the Arts of NYC

The New CD by Carlos Jimenez Is a Hit

A smooth jazz album called Thoughts. 

Ouch.

But wait. Don’t click off the page. This one has some muscle. It may fall into the smooth jazz category, but its melodies and rhythms are pure boricua. With its pristine, oldschool production, jazz flutist Carlos Jimenez’ third album is far superior to any of the elevator stuff you’ll hear on CD 101 or similar stations (although it could find a home there). The Puerto Rican-educated Jimenez, a frequent collaborator with the A-list latin jazz crowd, isn’t afraid to cut loose with a squall or two from time to time. The intelligence of his compositions and arrangements ranks with the best stuff Grover Washington Jr. or the Crusaders did back in the 70s before they got all synthy and slick. Stylistically, Dave Valentin – with whom Jimenez has played, and obviously admires – is the obvious influence, as well as perhaps Hubert Laws in his more energetic moments. The backing unit, which includes bassist Ruben Rodriguez, drummer Vince Cherico and keyboardist Fidel Cuellar is clearly having a lot of fun here, although they don’t get carried away. 

 

The cd opens with the breezy Carlitos My Son, followed by Bluedo, essentially a two-chord vamp with funk bass, giving Jimenez a chance to pick up the pace. No Te Apures (Don’t Worry) features a tasteful bass solo intro over stately acoustic piano chords and imaginative drums. I See Your Smile sets pensive flute and acoustic piano to an insistent guanguanco beat. 

 

The album’s fifth cut, Swift maintains the pace on a similar note. Storm Of Love opens with a sample of waves hitting the beach and then moves into a slow groove driven by triplets while Rodriguez takes another minimalist bass solo. For You & Me is especially choice,  flute and bass sailing over a darkly repetitive tropicalia riff on the piano as Jiminez builds methodically to a tasty crescendo. The cd’s title track is its best, a terrifically lyrical flute melody anchored by plaintive, minimalist piano chords. On the second verse, the bass takes over for the piano as Cuellar gets the chance to step out. The bracing Look At The Sky and Life Is Great revert to the cd’s earlier, ebullient, funky feel. Turn this one up loud in a roomful of jazz purists and you will have a lot of people asking, “Who is this guy?”

 

Westchester.com

Musicians Heats up White Plains with Salsa  
   
White Plains, NY - Internationally renowned jazz flautist Carlos Jimenez will heat up White Plains with the sounds of Latin America for a Hot Night of Salsa on Saturday, May 24th beginning at 7:00 pm, at the Arts Exchange, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, in White Plains. 

Joined by bassist Gregg August and celebrated pianist Gilberto “Pulpo” Colón Jr., Jimenez will perform Latin dance standards from such greats as Tito Puento and Cachao as well as his own original compositions.  

Called a “stellar” and “compelling” musician and marked as a “prominent figure” in the world of Latin music, Jimenez has received international praise for his artistry since his debut Latin Jazz album, Arriving, in 2005. Jimenez, a Yonkers, New York native, began his musical education in Puerto Rico, learning the rhythms and soul of the Latin sound from the source itself. As a performer and composer with a diverse musical background and deep passion for Latin music, Jimenez brings a distinctive style to the Latin standards of the late 60’s & 70’s and to his own unique compositions. 

The dance floor at the Arts Exchange will be primed for a Hot Night of Salsa when Jimenez will perform the salsa, mambo, and cha cha for Latin dance enthusiasts. Instructors will be on hand to help amateurs learn the steps while those who have already mastered the mambo can dance the night away. Bassist Gregg August and pianist Gilberto “Pulpo” Colón Jr., will join Jimenez for the evening. Pulpo has achieved legendary status as a Latin pianist, a master who captures the “very essence” of the Latin sound. Considered “one of the most exciting and innovative musicians on the scene today,” August is a jazz celebrity in his own right and was featured on Jimenez’s 2006 album El Flautista.

Westchester Magazine

Feeling a little hot and bothered? Get the edge off with some sultry Latin music by Yonkers native and accomplished jazz flutist Carlos Jimenez, who will perform along with his orchestra at the Westchester Arts Council. Bring your heels and twirly dresses—the evening will be made complete by live salsa and mambo dance instruction.

The Journal News

Carlos Jimenez, a Yonkers native, Latin Jazz flutist, composer, arranger, and producer is playing at The Pizza Place (at the Yonkers Waterfront) at 7 tonight. He will be joined by his Latin jazz trio partners Dean Vazquez on the congas and Fidel Cuellar on piano. 92 Main St., 914-709-1050. You can also catch Carlos with his jazz quartet tomorrow night at the Hudson House, 34 Main St. in Nyack at 10 p.m. ($5 cover). 845-353-1355.

Lucid Culture Magazine

The New CD by Carlos Jimenez Is a Hit
July 2, 2008 · No Comments
A smooth jazz album called Thoughts. 



Ouch.



But wait. Don’t click off the page. This one has some muscle. It may fall into the smooth jazz category, but its melodies and rhythms are pure boricua. With its pristine, oldschool production, jazz flutist Carlos Jimenez’ third album is far superior to any of the elevator stuff you’ll hear on CD 101 or similar stations (although it could find a home there). The Puerto Rican-educated Jimenez, a frequent collaborator with the A-list latin jazz crowd, isn’t afraid to cut loose with a squall or two from time to time. The intelligence of his compositions and arrangements ranks with the best stuff Grover Washington Jr. or the Crusaders did back in the 70s before they got all synthy and slick. Stylistically, Dave Valentin – with whom Jimenez has played, and obviously admires - is the obvious influence, as well as perhaps Hubert Laws in his more energetic moments. The backing unit, which includes bassist Ruben Rodriguez, drummer Vince Cherico and keyboardist Fidel Cuellar is clearly having a lot of fun here, although they don’t get carried away. 



The cd opens with the breezy Carlitos My Son, followed by Bluedo, essentially a two-chord vamp with funk bass, giving Jimenez a chance to pick up the pace. No Te Apures (Don’t Worry) features a tasteful bass solo intro over stately acoustic piano chords and imaginative drums. I See Your Smile sets pensive flute and acoustic piano to an insistent guanguanco beat. 



The album’s fifth cut, Swift maintains the pace on a similar note. Storm Of Love opens with a sample of waves hitting the beach and then moves into a slow groove driven by triplets while Rodriguez takes another minimalist bass solo. For You & Me is especially choice, flute and bass sailing over a darkly repetitive tropicalia riff on the piano as Jiminez builds methodically to a tasty crescendo. The cd’s title track is its best, a terrifically lyrical flute melody anchored by plaintive, minimalist piano chords. On the second verse, the bass takes over for the piano as Cuellar gets the chance to step out. The bracing Look At The Sky and Life Is Great revert to the cd’s earlier, ebullient, funky feel. Turn this one up loud in a roomful of jazz purists and you will have a lot of people asking, “Who is this guy?”

E Jazz News

CD Reviews: Carlos Jimenez, “Thoughts” Posted by: editoron Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 08:23 AM 

By: Edward Blanco

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. 

Taxi

Carlos Jimenez critique by Taxi on Yours For Sure. The song style is Smooth, Contemporary Jazz. It is a well written structure & good sectional contrast. Theme, flute motif is buoyant and well defined before you embark on the solo. Sound quality is well-recorded, clear, well define recording , natural sound.. the tone of the flute, some phrasing reminds me of Hubert Laws... R&B; infused playing stands out. Good job on this arrangement, Carlos..well thought out chart, chord changes over the groove, the live playing, interplay between the instruments, is refreshing and it sounds as if you're all comfortable in this style. Live experiences, years of gigs are a plus. Judging from the popularity of these kinds of station, this is perhaps more accessible, commercial, than trad jazz. Sadly, Kenny G sells more than John Coltrane... good job on this piece..

Ratings:
9 of 10 on Arrangement

Taxi- June 12 2008

 

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Performances

Carlos Jimenez, It was a pleasure having you at our place. I think one day Im going to be saying to people: " I actually know that talented, famous musician, Carlos J." You really have talent.
Sincerely,
Susan Gitlitz, Peekskill

Westchester Magazine

Westchester Magazine this WEEKEND

Carlos Jimenez westchester magazine Feeling a little hot and bothered? Get the edge off with some sultry Latin music by Yonkers native and accomplished jazz flutist Carlos Jimenez, who will perform along with his orchestra at the Westchester Arts Council. Bring your heels and twirly dresses—the evening will be made complete by live salsa and mambo dance instruction. (Details)

Westchester Magazine

Feel like trying some dance moves yourself? The Carlos Jimenez band (Jimenez is a Yonkers native) will have you up and on your feet. The evening begins with some ballroom lessons and leads into a live music performance, with continued instruction and demonstrations once the band begins to play. By the end of the evening, you should be able to dance the cha cha and mambo.

 

Jazz Improv Magazine

El Flautista

Jazz flutist Carlos Jimenez was born in New York and studied in Puerto Rico, getting immersed in the country's music idiom for life. After high school, he moved back to New York and studied at the Westchester Conservatory of Music, where he found numerous teachers and fellow students who felt the same way that he did about jazz. Aiming for a wide spectrum of the genre, his teachers and mentors have included pianist Hilton Ruiz, saxophonist Bobby Porcelli, flutist Dave Valentin, pianist Mike Longo, saxophonist Mario Rivera, and pianist Sonny Bravo.
The program explores mainstream jazz as well as Latin jazz. Slow boleros and up-tempo mambos show several sides of the artist and his all-star band. With the albums feature centering on Jimenez' flute, we're treated to a fiesta of good times that wax lyrically gentle and rhythmically complete. While the songs are mostly his own compositions, the aura of the affair speaks more in terms of the music of Dizzy Gillespie. The program shows a deep love for pure Latin jazz. 
Jimenez' brother Willie plays timbales and Chembo Corniel plays congas for a solid percussion foundation. Bassist Gregg August gives the session both a welcome rhythmic lilt and a highly effective harmonic flavor. David Braham, a substitude for Hilton Ruiz, turns in an exciting performance that brings cohesion to the ensemble as well as adding another powerful solo voice. Meanwhile, Jimenez' flute remains the center of attention--for a darn good reason: he's terrific. Wht a lovely tone that floats over the preceedings and a fluid technique that weaves seamlessly through the session, his flute provides the glue that makes this session a solid winner. There are no points, since each selection scores in the top percentile. Jimenez closes the program with "New Arrival," a musical memorial to pianist Hilton Ruiz, who passes away last year at the age of 54 from injuries sustained while working on a Hurricane Katrina benifit project in New Orleans. His dedication to the jazz community served as a role model for the rest of us,and won't be forgotten. Jimenez and his stellar band carry the torch well.

Fundacion Nacional Para La Cultura Popular, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Carlos Jiménez 
“El flautista”
(C.J. Martinete Music)
Género: jazz latino.
Productor: Carlos Jiménez.

Luego de dos años de haber presentado su álbum-debut como figura líder, “Arriving”, el flautista y compositor neoyorquino de origen puertorriqueño Carlos Jiménez reaparece en el panorama discográfico con la producción “El flautista”, cuya calidad no admite discusión ya que, además de presentar un buen escogido de piezas, en la misma interviene un grupo de reconocidos virtuosos. Estos son: David Braham (pianista) John Walsh (trompetista); Bobby Porcelli (saxofonista alto); Gregg August (bajista); Guillermo Jiménez (timbalero) y Wilson «Chembo» Corniel (conguero). Todos tienen oportunidad de lucimiento.

De su propia autoría, Carlos Jiménez interpreta “Did You Feel It?”, “Duende”, “El carnaval para Ray”, “El flautista”, “Gandulero”, “Getty Square” y “Mongo’s Style” (esta última, creada en colaboración con Sonny Bravo). También incluye estándar “Blue & Sentimental” (de Count Basie) y, a manera de tributo póstumo, la composición “New Arrival”, de Hilton Ruiz, en esta ocasióm retitulada “For You, Hilton”.

Definitivamente, este disco satisface el gusto de todo amante del jazz latino. ¡Muy recomendable!

La Conga

Carlos Jimenez es un joven talento que se ha ganado el respeto y la admiración de la comunidad musical a punta de esfuerzo, dedicación y mucho amor a su flauta y a sus raices latinas. Para este, su segundo trabajo despues de "Arraiving", Carlos presenta a su maestro Bobby Porcelli, y ademas cuenta con el apoyo de músicos tan renombrados como Chembo Corniel o John Walsh. 

Esta producción la podríamos considerar muy abierta y con mucho oxígeno, pues en ciertos pasajes podemos apreciar el mejor de jazz y en otros pasajes apreciamos la fusión de este con los ingredientes latinos; los músicos aqui tienen un excelente "playground" para que suelten sus emociones y eso es cautivante desde el punto de vista del oyente. Nos gusta mucho la propuesta musical de este joven talento y seguimos insistiendo en la importancia de dar a conocer este tipo de trabajos pues de ellos es que cuelga la esperanza de perpetuar nuestra verdadera esencia latina.

RM
Altisimamente Recomendado

Latin Beat Magazine

El Flautista, the sophomore release by Carlos Jimenez, features the New York City-based bandleader/flutist with his quintet stellar guest sidemen--Bobby Porcelli (sax) and John Walsh (trumpet). The new production feels light, loose and airy, with plenty of room for everyone to strech, and they do just that. Percussionist Chembo Corniel and Guillermo Jimenez ( Carlos' brother) keep the Latin flavor constant and sizzling, while bass man Gregg August controls the tempo, and Jimenez's flute and David Braham's piano dominates the mix with cool, jazzy guajeos and imaginative solos. The 75% original repertoire of multi-hued compositions exhibits a healthy degree of cross-cultural diversity, cool moods and plenty of good jazz. Jimenez's flute sound and delivery is soothing and delicate, yet powerful and cutting edge when needed, with a palpable sound. Standouts include the selections El Carnaval Para Ray, El Flautista, Mongo's Style, and For You Hilton ( New Arrival). Rudy Mnagual December 2006/January 2007

Descarga.com

Carlos Jimenez
El Flautista
CD (CJ/Martinete Music 24575), Released 2006; 
Editor's Pick:
Mmm, old school burning from Jimenez and his band. Jimenez doesn’t shy away from playing the flute loud and hard and the band, including a great sounding Gregg August on bass, Guillermo Jimenez on timbales, Chembo Corniel on congas and David Braham on piano, shift time feels regularly under the soloists. They’re joined on four tracks by Bobby Porcelli on alto saxophone and flute, along with John Walsh on trumpet. Jimenez’s compositions feature some hard changes, too; the music’s modern and traditional at the same time, and really well recorded. It all sounds like we’ve been invited into a private descarga. 
Highly Recommended. (Peter Watrous, 2006-10-29)

Latin Beat Magazine

Arriving, the title of Carlos Jimenez's new production, is an apt one--the flutist began experimenting with music at age four, playing two-note melodies from Miles Davis' So What on his father's old trumpet. Now 23 years later, Jimenez has arrived with his own full-length Latin jazz CD, feauturing artist Hilton Ruiz, Dave Valentin, Lewis kahn, Bobby Porcelli and Adam Weber. And, as you may have guessed, Miles' So What-- arranged by Jimenez- is included along with seven original tracks, all written and arranged by Yonkers native of Puerto Rican descent.
Jimenez remains eternally grateful to his father William for having exposed him to both Latin jazz and mainstream jazz. At age ten, Jimenez initiated his formal studies with teacher Pablo Leon at Francisco Zayas Santana High School in Puerto Rico, with the initial intention of concentrating on the trumpet , so that he could play in the school band.
At the end of that first scholastic year, the young student heard something that made him switch from trumpet to flute-Bobby Porcelli's flute performance on Mongo Santamaria's Song for You.
Jimenez also studied percussion-congas, bongos, and timbal- but ended up leaving music for a while to play basketball for his school's varsity team and city's juvenil team. Upon his graduation, when Jimenez return to Yonkers ( the city of his birthplace), he received a very special Christmas gift from his father- a silver-plated Yamaha flute.
"That was the greatest gift of all, " recalls Jimenez. " Since that day I haven't stopped playing it."
At the age of twenty-one, another memorable, life-shaping event occurred. 
" I met a very important person, Roger, the owner of Moon Curser, an old record shop at City Island in the Bronx. Roger guided me to Tito Puente, The King of Latin jazz, because I was always listening to and buying Puente's records."
Puente autographed Jimenez's Dancemania album and advised the young flutist to check him out at a Purchase College concert that was scheduled to take place on December 19, 1998.
Jimenez followed Puente's advice and ended up taking lessons from a couple of Puente band veterans, saxophonist/flutist Mitch Frohman and Mario Rivera. Things came full-circle when Rivera introduced Jimenez to the man who had originally inspired him to take up the flute- Bobby Porcelli.
" Porcelli," says Jimenez,
" has been a great friend, teacher, member of my band, and player on my first recording."
Jimenez credits the late legend Jose Fajardo as being instrumental in his development as a musician, and is gratefull for his friendship. He also has words of praise for his current piano teacher, Mike Longo, who helped him realize another one of his ambitions and passions, composing.
Other musicians who can be heard on Arriving 
( CJMartinete Music Co.)
are timbalero Guillermo Jimenez, bassist, Geoff Brennan, and conguero Aryam Vazquez. Yes indeed, Jimenez has Arrived!

Cadence Magazine

The flute brings a specific charm to jazz that allows the performer freedom to express in many different forms. If the flutist communicates effectively, it can work wonders on the soul. Featuring Carlos Jimenez in a spicy Latin Jazz adventure. Pianist Hilton Ruiz supports the suave flutist with an ensemble that captures the dance rhythms and lyrical acumen necessary for tradition to be served properly. Together they apply syncopated steps and fiery accolades to the program. All except "So What" are original by Jimenez. From New York, the flutist is not yet 30; hence, his "arrival." Ironically, "So What" was a part of his first musical experience at age four. Picking up his father's trumpet, he learned how tomake a few notes and hasn't stopped to look back. Jimenez played trumpet until high school, when a recording that featured flutist Bobby Porcelli caught his attention and brought about a change. Porcelli makes a guess appearance on this debut recording.
Arriving drives fast with a wanderlust rhythmic capacity. Bass and percussion set up a suitable backdrop forthe flutist, who carries his melodies with a light, airy tone and deep feeling. His articulations turns muddy much of the time, however, relying more on his band for meanings that on the delicate nuances that can be found in the music. Jimenez wears a muscular timbre and drives hard. Porcelli guests on " Arriving" and "My Allison."
Dave Valetin joins Jimenez for "So What" with a flute duo performance that's driven by the ensemble. His veteran character surges, as Valentin turns his session high point into fiery display of telltale Latin Jazz excitment. The feeling catches on, and Jimenez's uneven program closes on a positive note.

Vinilemania, Italy

Fantastic CD!!

Un gran bel CD di soft latin jazz. Grandi arrangiamenti e fantastico Carlos al Flauto. Il mio pezzo preferito senza ombra di dubbio è la traccia n. 2 "Flute & Violin" FANTASTICA!!! Un esordio alla grande!!! CD molto apprezzato anche tra i miei ascoltatori in Italia. Ciao Pietro

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Carlos Jimenez
Arriving
CD (Martinete Music 8772), Released 2005; 

Editor's Pick:
Here's a find: A fine debut Latin jazz release by flautist Carlos Jimenez whose warm, melodic flute playing moderates the intensity of Hilton Ruiz' masterful piano work and the top notch percussion of conguero Aryam Vazquez and drummer Adam Weber. Listen to the discourse between Jimenez and guest Lewis Kahn on "Flute and "Violin." Pretty darn good. On this same track Hilton Ruiz lets loose on his piano, alternating a solo with conguero Vazquez. 
And timbalero Guillermo Jimenez shows some muscle on the near ten minute "Arriving." Geoff Brennan does some fine bass work here. Listen to what he does against Ruiz's piano on "Tunnel of Flowers." He's good: rich bottom flavor without over-shining. 
With additional guests David Valentin, Bobby Porcelli. 
Recommended. (BP, 2005-03-11)

Brooklyn, NY

Jazz Improv Magazine

A dream come true. That's what the new album Arriving is for it's leader Carlos Jimenez. After Taking trumpet lessons for awhile in Puerto Rico, jimenez heard a recording by Mongo Santamaria featuring flutist Bobby porcelli. Jimenez was inspired. Upon returning to his birthplace, Yonkers, New York, a series of events, beginning with the purchase of a Tito Puente album, led Jimenez to Puente himself. That opened the door for Jimenez to make his way to Mario Rivera, Mitch Frohman, Dave Valentin and Bobby Porcelli himself---Jimenez' hero. Fast forward, and Porcelli appears as a guest soloist on Jimenez' Arriving.
Arriving features seven compositions by Jimenez and one piece, "So What", by Miles Davis. Backing up Jimenez is a fiery Latin rhythm section led by veteran Hilton Ruiz on piano. The title tune is an up-tempo number and Jimenez glides over the array of supporting rhythm and percussion, congas, timbales.
"Tunnel Of Flowers", features a simple relaxed bossa groove, lends ample space for Jimenez to play his ample technique. Pianist Ruiz follows with a characteristically musical solo, powered by his spectacular technical skills. Bobby Porcelli joins forces with Jimenez on "My Allison," a pretty ballad. Porcelli and Ruiz each get solo spots, tastefully complementing the relaxed quality of the composition, and providing contrast to the simplicity of Jimenez' melody. "Que Paso?" focuses on a 6/8 groove, deriving it's harmonic base from "Afro Blue." Jimenez demonstrates a solid sense of time, melodic inventiveness, and general mastery of the flute. The album concludes with a toe-tapping Latin redention of Miles Davis' "So What." The expected kicks and rhythms are there---just with a Latin Twist. Jimenez is joined by flute master Dave Valentin on this track.
"Flute and Violin" moves quickly. Harmonically it features a Spanish (technically Spanish Phrygian) sound. Jimenez navigates easily over the vamp that provides the back drop for solos. Arriving is a pleasant listen throughout. It is impressively recorded, mixed and sequenced, offering welcome variety of grooves and tempos. Much of the album features music that gives Jimenez the opportunity to play over vamps and modal music. Given his warm and inviting sound on flute, and his musical understading, I am anxious to also hear him play on harmonically complex compositions. In the meantime, Arriving is a noteworthy beginning.

All About Jazz

There is no doubt that for a large part of the movie-watching population, jazz flute will instantly call to mind Will Ferrell’s heroically unhinged performance on said instrument in a scene from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. That Ferrell is now synonymous with jazz flute in some quarters says something, although I’m not exactly sure what. Regardless, Carlos Jimenez approaches the flute on Arriving in a traditional manner, without a sense of irony. 


The great danger of playing flute in a jazz setting is that the light breathiness of the instrument can evaporate into the ether, leaving listeners with nothing to hold on to. Luckily, Jimenez solves this problem by ensuring that the music behind him has a heavy percussive base. For the most part, the rhythm section locks into a solid timbal and conga-spiced groove while Jimenez solos freely on top. The contrast between the high and low makes both ends that much more compelling and vivid. 


Four of these eight tracks feature guest musicians who help keep the sound fresh and evolving. Violinist Lewis Khan’s appearance on “Flute & Violin” is particularly stimulating. Khan and Jimenez play over a Middle Eastern-tinged melody that is both exotic and alluring. On Miles Davis’ “So What”—incidentally, the only track not composed by Jimenez—Dave Valentin also sits in on flute, with a deeply hypnotic result. 


Arriving is a fine display of mellow Latin jazz on which the high points outnumber some of the more generic tunes. And, just in case fans of Anchorman may be wondering, the album does not feature a quote from “Aqualung.” 

-All About Jazz - October 7, 2005
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El Nuevo Dia- San Juan, Puerto Rico

Carlos Jiménez, “Arriving” (Martinete Music)

Para el crítico Barry Ulanov, el jazz no es sólo improvisación, trabajo colectivo, creatividad; es, a un nivel a la vez más sencillo y más profundo, un sentimiento, casi una intención. Carlos Jiménez -joven flautista neoyorrican- tuvo toda la intención de hacer un buen disco de jazz, y lo logró. Ciertamente, aquí predominan los ritmos latinos, pero sin estridencias; la textura general del disco es, en términos generales, agradablemente suave. Y el feeling de la flauta del líder -sobre todo en cortes como Tomando café, Flute & Violin y ¿Qué pasó? es decididamente de jazz. La presencia de Hilton Ruiz en el piano añade sabor, maestría e interesantes ideas y la inclusión de tres invitados importantes -Dave Valentín en flauta, Lewis Kahn en violín y Bobby Porcelli en saxo alto-, aunque esporádica, representa un toque de variedad. Sin pretensiones de originalidad, éste es un trabajo recomendable, escrito, arreglado y producido por Jiménez.

EL NUEVO DIA-NEWSPAPER, 
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- DOMINGO 23 DE OCTUBRE, 2005

Latin Beat Magazine

With Latin Jazz now being righteously recognized worldwide as one of the legitimate expressions of music heard around the world, Puerto Rican flutist/composer/arranger/bandleader Carlos Jimenez debuts with Arriving. Mentored by veteran players Dave Valentin and Bobby Porcelli, Jimenez travels in the sea of mostly quiet storms, sailing through a repertoire of original scores, with the exception of the Miles Davis composition So What, Brilliantly arranged by Jimenez that features him and Dave Valentin on Flutes. Saxophonist Bobby Porcelli is featured on the totled track and on My Allison ( dedicated to Jimenez's wife). But the true hero here is pianist Hilton Ruiz, whose amazing talents come through in every selections, paving the way for Jimenez's melody to come alive. Other winners here include the selections Flute & Violin featuring another guest musician, Lewis Kahn on violin, and Que Paso? ( a 6/8 tempo heavily driven by Ruiz with interesting solos by Jimenez and bassist Geoff Brennan). 

(Rudy Mangual) Publisher, Editor-in-Chief of Latin Beat Magazine.

Gardena, California

El diario La Prensa, New York

Con tan solo 27 años de edad, Carlos Jímenez se perfila como un gran exponente del jazz latino en Nueva York. El nativo de Yonkers, de padres puertorriqueños, se presentará en el White Plains Performing Arts Center el sábado 29 de octubre, con el fin de dar a conocer su primera producción titulada “Arriving”. 


Con este álbum, el boricua ha logrado importante aceptación entre la crítica especializada y el público conocedor. Para Jímenez, nada de esto sería posible sin la influencia de su padre, con quien tuvo su primer acercamiento a la edad de cuatro años con estos géneros musicales. 

Sobre este ritmo, el admirador del maestro Tito Puente asegura que “es género misterioso y sin fin”.

A la edad de 12 años, Jímenez se interesó por las percusiones, en decir las congas, los timbales y los bongos. “Esto sucedió porque mi primo y hermano tocaban esos instrumentos en particupalar”, relata el puertorriqueño en su sitio de la Internet. 

No obstante, su amor por la música decidió tomar un descanso y concentrarse en el baloncesto. Así estuvo hasta que terminó sus estudios en la escuela superior. Cuando tenía 21 años conoció a una persona muy especial, a Roger, el dueño de >Form<"Moon Curser", una tienda de discos viejos en City Island en El Bronx. “Roger me guió al Rey del Jazz Latino el señor Tito Puente, ya que siempre estaba escuchando y comprando discos de él. Me llena de alegría recordar que fue el maestro Puente el primer músico famoso que conocí”, cuenta Jímenez en su página electrónica. 

En cuanto a ese encuentro, el boricua dice que después de comprar un disco del hijo predilecto de East Harlem, el dueño de la tienda de discos le infomó que fuera al restaurante donde se encontraba éste para que se lo firmará. “Así fue como conocí a Tito Puente”.

Otro evento que marcó la vida del joven artista, fue cuando su padre le regaló una flauta de Navidad. “Ese fue un presente espectacular”, dice. Desde entonces, sigue tocando este instrumento y así lo hará este 29 de octubre. 

Como artistas invitados estarán Bobby Porcelli, Sonny Bravo y Rubén Rodríguez, Richie Flores, Michael Mossman, 
Jimmy Delgado, Reynaldo Jorge, Adam Webber, Sam Berdfeld.

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“Arriving”: llega Carlos Jiménez y su flauta

Uno de los instrumentos más universales es la flauta. Todas las culturas musicales a través de la historia han desarrollado su tipo o versión particular de lo que hoy conocemos como “flauta”.

Sin embargo su presencia varía dependiendo del tiempo, el espacio y el género musical. El disco que reseñamos hoy pertenece a la modalidad del jazz latino y es en ese contexto que nos referimos en esta ocasión a la flauta.

En el jazz, éste es un instrumento con poca presencia. Son relativamente pocos los flautistas que se han destacado en este género. Entre otros, hay que mencionar a varios músicos caribeños. 

El primer solo de flauta que se grabó en el contexto del jazz lo realizó el cubano Alberto Socarrás en los Estados Unidos con la orquesta de Clarence Williams en el 1927. Muchos años después, flautistas de Cuba y Puerto Rico se destacaron en el jazz afrocaribeño con los trabajos de Maraca Valle y José Luís Cortés de Cuba y de los puertorriqueños Néstor Torres y Dave Valentín.

EL ARTISTA

El turno como el flautista revelación del año 2005 es para Carlos Jiménez quien debutó con su primer disco “Arriving”. Jiménez es de padres puertorriqueños y se crió entre Puerto Rico y Nueva York escuchando jazz, mambos y salsa. Comenzó tocando la trompeta hasta que a la edad de diez años escuchó a Bobby Porcelli tocar la flauta en un disco de Mongo Santamaría. Esa audición cambió su enfoque musical.

Tras conocer a varios músicos que fueron influyentes en su formación jazzística y tomar cursos de percusión y piano, Jiménez logró la madurez necesaria para aventurarse en el mundo discográfico con una producción independiente bien cuidada. Más aún, en lo que podría ser el sueño de cualquier músico joven, contó en esta grabación con algunos de sus maestros y con músicos que lo influyeron, como es el caso de Porcelli.

EL DISCO

El disco cuenta con ocho piezas de las cuales siete son del flautista. El timbre y estilo puede clasificarse como jazz latino de bajas calorías, exquisito, suave pero con una base percutida bien presente.

Se destaca el trabajo en todos los temas del pianista puertorriqueño Hilton Ruiz quien es uno de los pianistas latinos más destacados en el mundo del jazz moderno. Cuenta además con invitados tales como el violinista judío americano Lewis Khan, el saxofonista Bobby Porcelli y el flautista Dave Valentín.

Como compositor, Jiménez muestra un sentido melódico bien agradable y sencillo. Su timbre se percibe maduro y es afinado. Como un músico que aun persigue sus mejores momentos en el futuro, no se percibe muy técnico pero es lírico.

CALIFICACIÓN

“Arriving”, editado por Martinete Music, es para los amantes de la flauta, del jazz latino sin descargas y de la música con buen gusto. Lamentamos que siendo un primer disco, el mismo no tiene notas biográficas o información sobre los músicos. 

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