Charles Flores, one of Cuba’s most respected bassists, died of cancer yesterday, August 23rd in Hartford, Connecticut (United States of America).
The professional career of classically-trained Charles Flores began in Cuba, performing as bass player for Cuban jazz vocalist and composer Bobby Carcasses. While playing with Carcasses, he was enlisted by pianist Emiliano Salvador, one of the key musicians in the history of Cuban jazz. For the next three years, he performed throughout Europe and Latin America with Salvador and his quartet.
Charles later joined the renowned Latin fusion group Afrocuba during 1992 and 1993 recording a CD titled “Acontecer.”
He later performed with the Issac Delgado Group and toured internationally. While with Delgado he recorded three CDs including Con Ganas, El Chevere de la Salsa y El Caballero del Son, and El Año que Viene.
In 1999, he recorded with Juan Carlos Formell’s on his CD “Songs from a Little Blue House.”
Charles Flores released his first solo CD titled “Reminiscence” featuring Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez in 2000.
Throughout his career, Charles Flores performed with Michel Camilo, Jane Bunnett, Paquito D’rivera, J.P. Torres, Brian Lynch, Giovanni Hidalgo, David Sanchez, BBC Big Band, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Alturo Sandoval, Dave Valentin, Steve Khan, Dafnis Prieto, Fahir Atakoglu, Dave Samuels, Siedah Garrett and others.
In 2002 he became a member of the Michel Camilo Trio, performing at the most important jazz venues of the world. He participated in the Michel Camilo recording “Live at the Blue Note” album that won a Grammy for the Best Latin Jazz Album of the year 2004.
More information available at this official website: http://www.charlesfloresmusic.com
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.