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by Carlos Jimenez

This is a pleasant collection to anyone who loves contemporary smooth jazz. Featuring; Ruben Rodriguez, bass; Vince Cherico,drums; Fidel Cuellar, piano.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Carlitos My Son
4:27 $0.99
2. Bluedo
5:31 $0.99
3. No Te Apures ( Don't Worry)
5:41 $0.99
4. I See Your Smile
6:11 $0.99
5. Swift
4:42 $0.99
6. Storm Of Love
4:47 $0.99
7. For You & Me
5:33 $0.99
8. Thoughts
5:17 $0.99
9. Look At The Sky
6:27 $0.99
10. Life Is Great
4:24 $0.99
11. Yours For Sure
5:50 $0.99
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Carlos Jimenez, Flautist
Yonkers, New York native Carlos Jimenez is the next generation of extraordinary flute players. He follows in the footsteps of greats such as Jose Fajardo, Dave Valentin, 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 the then six-year-old musician continued his musical training eventually landing him admission to the prestigious Fransisco Zayas Santana High School in Villalba, Puerto Rico, 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. While completing one year of his education in classical music, he expanded his repertoire to jazz studying with master musicians Dave Valentin, Hilton Ruiz, Mario Rivera, Bobby Porcelli, Sonny Bravo and Mike Longo.

His talent and passion for Jazz, Latin Jazz, Salsa, as well as Brazilian and Asian sounds has resulted in him recording with many musical greats, including; Hilton Ruiz, Stephane Ronget, Saunders Sermons, Willie Cintron, Sonny Bravo, Edy Martinez, Alfredo Valdez Jr., David Braham, Ruben Rodriguez, Dave Valentin, Jay Hoggard, David SCHNITTER, Jerome JENNINGS, Orlando VEGA, Geoff Brennan, Chris SMITH, Fidel Cuellar, Jeremy BRUN, Lewis Kahn, Gregg August, Adam Weber, Vince Cherico, Guillermo Jimenez, Aryam Vazquez, Wilson Corniel, Juan Rodriguez, George Cintron and Bobby Porcelli.



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I really like it. It is relaxing and I like the names of the songs. I love the flute and I am going to learn to play. Thanks.


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..

9 of 10 on Arrangement

Taxi- June 12 2008

Edward Blanco on E Jazz News

Jazz flautist Carlos Jimenez from Yonkers New York produces his latest musical p
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.
June 24 2008- Edward Blanco- E Jazz News

John Bruton

Awesome and inspiring. I hope to see you performing at the Yonker's Riverfest on September 13th, 2008
Call me for info 914 963-3452-John