Jazz Flautist and Latin Grammy Award winner Nestor Torres has expanded his musical horizons. He has created an instrumental pop masterpiece on Sin Palabras (Without words). This is Torres first album since Mi Alma Latina: My Latin Soul, Torres’ Heads Up International debut is slated for worldwide release on the 23rd of this month.
I have followed the flautist career with great interest every since we spoke last year . And when I heard, through the music grapevine, a few months back that Mr. Torres was in the studio again, my ears perked up and the hair on the back of head stood at attention in anticipation of what he would excite us with this time.
When Nestor and I spoke last month we didn’t rehash his history. I already had insight into his personal and musical background. I knew he was born in Puerto Rico and studied both classical and jazz music in New York (Mannes School of Music) and Boston (New England Conservatory of Music).
buy Misoprostol without a prescriptionI was aware that Torres moved to Miami in 1981. And in 1990 he was nearly killed in a terrible boating accident that left him with eighteen fractured ribs, two broken clavicles, and a collapsed lung. His record label dropped him, he and his wife divorced, and his home was nearly repossessed. (Bummer) He gave credit to his longtime practiced of Nichiren Buddhism, his family, friends and his fans as positive energy sources that sustained him during his recovery. (You can’t keep a good guy down.)
It appears that Torres has the ability to reinvents himself, whether it is by choice are circumstances. He produced two CD’s hits in the 90’s, after his near death experience: Dance of the Phoenix (1990), Burning Whispers (1994). His Latin-jazz composition “Luna Latina” was nominated in 2000 for a Latin Grammy and in 2001 he won a Latin Grammy for This Side of Paradise. In 2002 he released Mi Alma Latina: My Latin Soul, a compilation of Latin standards paying homage to his heritage.
Which leads us to Nestor’s slammin new release Sin Palabras (Without Words). No words are needed to interpet what Nestor Torres has to say in 2004. The music is sweet, funky, mellow, and smooth. He nailed it again and came out of a brand new bag. Check out Labios Dulzes (Sweet Lips) with its 50 cent “In da Club” feel and if you want to do it like Beyonce, Kelly, and Michelle, you will love Gypsy Dancer, this tune has their flavor all over it. (Dynasty’s Child)
My one and only question to Torres was this, how was it working with James Lloyd (from Pieces of a Dream) as a producer. The following is his response.
“He was difficult; he was painful, and he was a blast. He’s terrific to be around with. We had a great time making this thing happen. It’s different, it’s fresh, and I’m really enjoyed it. I’m very pleased with the outcome.
He was difficult because my schedule really was tight. I could only be with him a few days at a time. There was a lot of work to done and a limited about of time to complete it.
He was painful because James took it upon himself to stretch my capacity. He took me to another place, one that I was not necessarily comfortable with. Then, he’s a blast because, he’s a blast. He’s a funny guy. He’s a wonderful person.”
Nestor Torres has been captivating audience with his sensual mix of Latin, jazz and pop sounds for more than fifteen years. Blessed with great looks, a warm smile and a charismatic demeanor, this remarkable virtuoso has earned a devoted following. By transforming the flute’s role in the contemporary musical landscape, Torres has practically established a new genre of popular music.
In 2004 he also recorded Mis Canciones Primeras followed by Dances Prayers and & Meditations in 2006. The Very best of Nestor Torres was released in 2007 and Nouveau Latino hit the airwaves in 2008. And ‘My favorites Songs From Nestor Torres’ is due to be released in August 2012.
My favorite Nestor Torres track; Somewhere Over The Rainbow/ Burning Whispers Album. Enjoy!