Richie Flores Septet
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Richie Flores Septet


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"The 2nd Annual Mott Haven Latin Jazz Connection"

"...Richie Flores did what he does best, defy metaphysics!"
- Tomas Pena, Latin Jazz Network

"The Bill O'Connell - Dave Valentin Latin Jazz Trio with Richie Flores at Bösendorfer New York's"

"Richie Flores added tropical resonance, as his expertise on the congas was flawless, whether frenzied or feathery."
- Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower, /

"Cachao, A Cuban Legend"

"...a call and response with conga great Richie Flores that culminated in Flores thumping rhythms on Cachao's bass and Cacaho returning the favor with his bow on Flores' congas."

- Blue Note Concert Review by Bryan Zoran,

"Bill O’Connell – Triple Play (CD Review)"

"...Flores palms vibrantly percolating polyrhythms on his principal set of skins, but also turns to cajon and timbales on a few cuts for added color." - Derek Taylor,

"Banging the Drum Gladly"

"Famed conga player Richie Flores entertains -- and plays -- with students at PS 54, Willowbrook" - Allison Rivera, Staten Island Advance



Bill O'Connell, David Valentin and Richie Flores /TRIPLE PLAY/ 2007/ Savant Records, Inc.
Dave Valentin COME FLY WITH ME/2006/High Note Records
Dave Valentin WORLD ON A STRING/ 2005 / High Note Records
Jack Bruce MORE JACK THAN GOD / 2003/ Sanctuary
Caribbean Jazz Project / THE GATHERING / 2002 / Concord Picante (2003 Grammy Award)
The Caribbean Jazz Project / PARAISO/ 2001 / Concord Picante
Papo Vasquez AT THE POINT / 1999 / CuBop
Sir George Collection / 1999 / Sir George / (Live)
Servando Y Florentino MUCHACHO SOLITARIO / 1999 / WEA
DLG – GOTCHA / 1999 / Sony Discos
Jimmy Bosch SALSA DURA / 1999 / RykoLatino
Jeff Golub/ OUT OF THE BLUE / 1999 / Atlantic
Kip Hanrahan A THOUSAND NIGHTS AND A NIGHT / 1998 / American Clave
Hilton Ruiz RHYTHM IN THE HOUSE / 1998 / TropiJazz
Servando Y Florentino LOS PRIMERA / 1998 / WEA
Velas NO STOPPING / 1998 / Sir George
David Sanchez OBSESION / 1997 / Columbia
Hilton Ruiz ISLAND EYES / 1997 / RMM
Nuyorican Soul NUYORICAN SOUL / Giant Step/1997
TropiJazz All-Stars LIVE AT THE MANHATTAN CENTER VOL.2 / 1997 / TropiJazz
TropiJazz All-Stars LIVE AT THE MANHATTAN CENTER VOL.1 / 1996 / TropiJazz
Eddie Palmieri VORTEX / 1996 / TropiJazz
Conrad Herwig THE LATIN SIDE OF JOHN COLTRANE / 1996 / Astor Place
David Sanchez STREET SCENES / 1996 / Columbia
Eddie Palmieri ARETE / 1995 / TropiJazz
Israel Cachao Lopez MASTER SESSIONS VOL.2 / 1995 / Crescent Moon/Epic
Eddie Palmieri PALMAS / 1994 / Elektra
Israel Cachao Lopez MASTER SESSIONS VOL.1 / 1994 / Crescent Moon/Epic
Martinez Latin Band FUNKY SALSA / 1994 / Libra
Eddie Palmieri LLEGO LA INDIA VIA EDDIE PALMIERI / 1993 / SoHo Records
Kathy Kidd KATHY KIDD & CONGO MAMBO / 1993 / Low Rider
Kip Hanrahan TENDERNESS / 1990 / American Clave
Segida LOVE IS...SEGIDA / 1974 / Re-Issued 97 / Fania


Jack Bruce SHADOWS IN THE AIR / 2003 / CMC International
TropiJazz All-Stars LIVE AT THE MANHATTAN CENTER / 1998 / TropiJazz
Jerry Gonzalez CONGA MANIA: IN THE TRADITION / 1994 / Alchemy Pictures



Richie Flores, one of the most in-demand percussionists of today’s active music scene has captured the attention of fans and critics alike by way of his electric performances that continually thrill audiences worldwide. Recently described by Latin Beat Magazine as having “the fastest hands in the East and the West,” Richie’s music is primal and powerful. He is currently in the process of innovating a new sound for the band of which he is leading; an exciting, contemporary fusion containing elements of rap, jazz and even salsa, further complemented by lyrics that contain a positive message of hope, a message that is relevant to the challenging issues we face in today’s ever changing world.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, but raised in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, Richie was a prodigious talent as a young child that began playing congas at the early age of 5. He embarked on his professional career by age 8 playing with Grupo Batacumbele and Roberto Roena and the Apollo Sound. By age 13, he traveled to New York to play with Roberto Roena at the Village Gate, making him one of the youngest musicians ever to travel with a band outside of Puerto Rico. He continued performing professionally while studying percussion at the highly regarded Escuela Libre de Musica in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. With this successful start under his belt, Richie’s musical career continued to evolve by playing with some of the most respected and celebrated artists in the genre such as Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Cachao, The Fania All Stars, Gato Barbieri, Hilton Ruiz, David Sanchez and the Tropijazz All Stars. He has participated on many notable recordings, including the Grammy Award Winning album entitled “Master Sessions - Volume I,” by Cachao, Grammy nominated album “Arete” by Eddie Palmieri in 1996 and on “Palmas” in 1994, as well as David Sanchez’s Grammy nominated album “Obsesion” in 1997. He also has recorded with other notable artists such as Gato Barbieri, Hilton Ruiz, The Tropijazz All-Stars, Tochico Akiochi, Dave Valentin, Jimmy Bosch and Sergio George.

Mr. Flores has had his own line of Congas with Pearl Drums since 2001 and actively tours the world teaching clinics at various institutions on behalf of Pearl. He has also recently signed an endorsement deal with Zildjian cymbals and uses Remo FiberSkyn 3 products.