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The best kept secret in music



Carlos Jimenez
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

- Bruce Polin

"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
761 Sproul Road, #211
Springfield, PA 19064
- Stephen Latessa


A very modern, jamming descarga ( Flute & Violin)

Reviewer: TAXI.- (click for website)
Well-written structure, good music in verses, good music in choruses. This is obviously first rate stuff and I wish you all success and predict that you will achieve it. Mucha Suerte! TAXI.-

California- - -Taxi

"Latin Cool"

New Cuban/Salsa additions:

A new Latin Jazz album by Carlos Jimenez, called "Arriving" is a pleasant surprise for the Latin Jazz lover. It features special performances by legends Hilton Ruiz and Dave Valentin among others.

-Latin Cool

New Jersey-

- David Wasserman

"Dusty Groove America"

Carlos Jimenez -- Arriving . . . CD

A GREAT set of Latin jazz from a player we know almost nothing about -- and a record that's way better than you might guess from the cover! Carlos plays flute in a sweetly gliding way that really reminds us of some of the best Latin flute work of the 70s -- particularly in the way the instrument floats around over the top of the tracks, freed from the tighter, more rhythmic use of the instrument in older Latin recordings -- and grooving to a pulsating sound that reminds us a lot of the best 70s work of Bobby Vince Paunetto. Hilton Ruiz is on piano throughout -- giving the tunes a deeply soulful quality that's really beautiful -- and the album also features work by Bobby Porcelli on alto sax, plus a bit of guest flute from David Valentin! Jimenez has a beautiful vision for his work -- one that flows out effortlessly, and which makes the album sparkle like some of our favorite indie Latin jazz sides from decades back -- with none of the cliches that seem to weigh down sets of the type in recent years. Titles include "Tomando Cafe", "Natalie's Cha Cha Cha", "Arriving", "Tunnel Of Flowers", "My Allison", and "Que Paso". (From the Latin CD page.)

- Rick Wojcik

"Salsa Brescia.Italy"

Carlos Jimenez - Arriving - Album di esordio per un giovane flautista che si destreggia e dialoga molto efficacemente con il gruppo che lo accompagna formato da strumentisti ed ospiti di eccellente livello.

-Salsa Brescia.Italy. - Italy- March-23-2005

"Latin Jazz Enbreve"

Carlos Jimenez @ Enbreve Latin Jazz

"Arriving" that is the title of Carlos Jimenez's CD, and after listening to some of his cuts, we have to agree! The CD is appropriately named as this young artist brings together talents and the essence of a true artist to arrive at a tight CD that is a worthwhile addition to any Latin Jazz aficionado's collection. WEPA!! Accompanying Carlos on this CD are Hilton Ruiz - Piano, Guillermo Jimenez - Timbales, Geoff Brennan - Bass, Aryam Vazquez - Congas, & Adam Weber - Drums. Featured Performers on this CD include: Dave Valentin, Bobby Porcelli, and Lewis Khan. Some of these names will be familiar to our audience from past featured articles, we were even reminded that we had Carlos caught in a candid shot at out favorite haunt (Willie's Steak House). Just goes to show that you never know whom is sitting in the audience.

- John Irizarry

"El Nuevo Dia"

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.


- Ragui Vega

"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.

-Jazz Improv Magazine
Elkins Park, PA - Winthrop Bedford

"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 - Rudolph Mangual


Carlos Jimenez
CD (CJMartinete Music 8772), Released 2005;

-Online Distribution-, mp3, Mp3

- Radio Airplay -

- WBGO,88.3Fm, Awilda Rivera. Tuesdays 8pm-10pm
- WKCR, 89.9Fm, Federico Marulanda. Fridays 11pm-2am,New York
- KUVO, 89.Fm, Arturo Gomez, Denver. selected Flute & Violin Top Hit #12 and Tomando Cafe top 19 hit.
- WDNA 88.9Fm Miami, had my relese CD Sampler Sunday April 24,2005 and is also Award Winning radio program Fusion Latino at Miami New Times with,Orlando Suarez, Vivian Lopez, Guillermo Gonzalez, Manny Salas, Michael Valetine, Sharon Fitzgerald.
- WHCR 90.3FM. Jose Clausell, Rincon Caliente.2pm-6pm Thursdays.
- KXLU,88.9FM, Guido Herrera, Selected Tomando Cafe top#10 Hit at Latin Beat Magazine and Arriving Top 14 Hit in July.
- Music Choice.

- CHUO Ottawa 01-APR-05

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- W Jazz y Clave, NJ Top 50 hit.
Arriving #4
Tomando Cafe #18
Que Paso? #12
Flute & Violin#34
WJYC- also Top 10 Requested songs
1-Arriving#4,with-61 request.


- KSDS.88.3, San Diego. Vince Outlaw. Que Paso? The New Jazz Thing.

- Ritmo Mania, Canada.
-,with salseromayor,Brooklym,NY.
- Catamountjazz from Newport Center, VT updated: May 4, 05 with Barry.

-Flute and Violin! What a Jam!!! Love it!!!!
I’m playing it right now on the web!!
Fernando Bernall
Radio host of Jazz @ 5
Friday 5-7 pm 88.5 FM
Saint Augustine, FL

Received your disc today--nice! Tracks 3 and 8 will probably get the most play on our mainstream shows; I'll direct our Latin progam host, Raul Rico, to the rest of the disc as well.
Best of luck with it!
Ken Borgers, Music Director

Casella Postale 31
37026 Pescantina VR,

Salsa Brescia.Italy

JESSE CHUY VARELA, Saturday at 2:00Pm,
1-So What
2-Tomando Cafe
3-Flute & Violin
4-Natalie's Cha Cha Cha

-Pura Salsa Dura, with El Maestro Felipe, Virginia.
1-Flute & Violin

WGBH-89.7-FM, with Al Davis, Boston.
1-Tomando Cafe
2-Natalie's Cha Cha Cha.
3-Que Paso?
4-Tunnel of Flowers

Deep Cuts-Rare Blends
1-My Allison.
South eastern, MA

CMJ Jazz charts of the week Report from WMEB.

# ARTIST Recording
1 BABATUNDE LEA Suite Unseen: Summoner Of The Ghost
4 JO ANN DAUGHERTY Range Of Motion
5 SAVOIR FAIRE Running Out Of Time
6 ALAN PASQUA My New Old Friend
7 FRED HERSCH Leaves Of Grass
8 CELSO FONSECA Rive Gauche Rio
9 DREW GRESS 7 Black Butterflies
10 KATE MCGARRY Mercy Streets

WMEB 91.9-FM Lester French-Orono, Maine
Keep in touch with new music first at:

-Batanga-Internet Radio, with Nahum.
-Arriving top 11 Jazz Hit. 8-16-05

- KIPO 89.3-FM, Jazz with Don Gordon,
Thursday May 26, 2005 , My Allison
May 30, 2005. Flute & Violin
Wednesday June 15, 2005, Tunnel of Flowers
June, 29, 2005, Tomando Cafe
-So What
-Honolulu, Hawaii.

-RELAX, Perth, Australia, with Ron Trigwell
1 Que Paso?

-KFSR 90.7-FM with, Steve Alcala, Fresno, California University
2- Flute & Violin

-X101.5 FM, Tallahassee, FL 32303
General Manager: Judy Bailey

-WNCI, 97.9-FM Columbus, Ohio

-Mega 94.9-FM Miami


Feeling a bit camera shy


I am a Yonkers, New York, native of Puerto Rican descent. I am Twenty-seven years old. My first experience with music was at the age of 4, playing those two note melodies of “ So What”, a Miles Davis Composition, with my Father’s old trumpet. I am very grateful to my Dad for exposing me to Jazz and Latin Jazz. Jazz has a mysterious and endless undertaking and when studying it you learn that it can be approached in many different ways; and I am grateful that I was born listening to it. My first music lessons were at the age of 10 with my first teacher Mr. Pablo Leon at the Francisco Zayas Santana’s high school in Puerto Rico. Since my father introduced me to trumpet, I continued with the trumpet to be part of the school’s band. At the end of that same year I heard a song that really inspired me to switch from trumpet to flute and that particular song was, “Song for You”, performed by a great flautist Mr. Bobby Porcelli, which was performed on Mongo Santamaria’s album titled “Afro-Indio”. For this reason I decided to ask my teacher to teach me how to play the flute and that’s exactly what he did. He taught me how to hold it and how to create the first sound, which was the most important element. At the age of twelve, I was involved in percussion, that means: Congas, Bongos, and Timbales. This happened because both my brother and cousin played those particular instruments. At thirteen I took a break from music to pursue basketball. I played on my schools’ Varsity team and the city’s Juvenile team as well. I played basketball until I graduated from high school. After graduating I decided to come back to the city where I was born, Yonkers, New York. At the age of nineteen, my dad knowing about my desire to play the flute, came home for Christmas with a gift, a silver plated Yamaha flute. That was the greatest gift of all and since that day, I cannot stop playing it. At the age of, twenty-one I met a very important person, Roger, owner of Moon Curser, an old record shop at City Island in the Bronx. Roger guided me to the King of Latin Jazz, Mr. Tito Puente, because I was always listening and buying Tito Puente’s record. It brings me joy to remember that Mr. Tito Puente was the first famous musician that I had ever met. Mr. Roger told me to take one of Tito Puente’s albums, so, my dad and I chose Dance Mania, and after that, he asked me, “ Would you like to get it signed?” I said, “ Yeah”. He said, “ Hurry up to his restaurant because he’s there right now!” And that’s how I met Tito Puente. He signed the album and I spoke to him about my desire to become a flautist and he suggested that I should go to see him play at Purchase college on December 19, 1998. Before I went to Purchase College Mr. Roger took me to see my first piano teacher, Hilton Ruiz at Defemios Restaurant in Yonkers. At Purchase College, I met my first Flute teacher in New York, Mitch Frohman one of Tito Puente’s saxophone and flute players. Mitch Frohman has always been a great guy; he gave me a few lessons and then introduced me and recommended me to continue lessons with Mario Rivera, another great saxophone and flute player, who recorded with the greatest big bands in the Latin scene, including Dizzy Gillespie’s all-stars. Mario has been a great guide and teacher until this date. He then introduced me to Mr. Bobby Porcelli. Bobby was the flute player that inspired me to be a flautist, so I was very grateful for that opportunity. Bobby Porcelli has been a great friend, teacher, and member of my band and first recording. In addition to those I mentioned above, here are some of the people that were instrumental to my development as an artist. I would like to mention Jose Fajardo, one the best Cuban flute players, ever. Jose, has been a great friend and guided me as well, and thanks to him I met Andy Gonzalez, who gave me Dave Valentin’s phone number. Sonny Bravo has been a great teacher, a great friend I almost forgot about taking a few lessons with him when he was so busy traveling with the Tito Puente's band. Dave Valentin, who in my humble opinion, is one of the best Flute players in the world, Grammy Award winner, and the list goes on. With Dave, I attended three lessons in parallel with my other teacher Mr. Rivera. Mr.Valentin has been a great supporter and provided guidance in my musical career. I would also like to mention Mr. Mike Longo, my current piano teacher and great friend. Thanks to him I have consolidated another of my passions, composing. In these last two years my knowledge of music, coupled with the desire to compose gave me the confident to create my first compositions, eight of which are on my first CD titled “Arriving” which has been very well accepted by great musicians including my friends and colleagues (Hilton Ruiz, Dave Valentin, Bobby Porcelli, Lewis Kahn, John Walsh, Michael Mossman, Bernie Minoso, Victor Venega, Sonny Bravo, Mike Longo, Chico Freeman, Adam Weber, Jimmy Delgado, Dave Braham, Harvie S, John Beni