Sadly, Charles Flores’ sophomore solo CD—a sturdy
set of Latin jazz originals—is a posthumously-released
one. The Cuban-born Flores, a member of the Michel
Camilo Trio since 2002, succumbed to cancer last August.
Joined here by Camilo drummer Cliff Almond, pianist Elio Villafranca and
guest guitarist Wayne Krantz, Flores favors his 6-string, most effectively handling
the melody on the swaying “Miriam,” and issuing a dense 6/8 groove
and eventful solo on “Influence.” Ultimately, it’s his lone upright statement,
the haunting “Gentile Words,” that will stay with you.