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.
CD Review: Thundercat "The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam"
With key contributions this year to highly acclaimed albums by Kendrick Lamar and Kamasi Washington, Thundercat also found time to release his third solo effort, albeit in the form of a six-track, 16-minute EP.