|Tags:||smooth jazz latin jazz flute jazz latin smooth jazz flute jazz flute|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
1957, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Classically trained, Torres took lessons on flute from the age of 12, drawing some early inspiration from Cuban dance music, especially charanga. In his mid-teens he studied at the Escuela Libre de Música, then Puerto Ricos Inter-American University. At 18 he moved to the USA where he pursued his studies at the Mannes School of Music in New York City and at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He also studied saxophone but, aware of his rapport with the instrument, always concentrated on the flute. His primary influence in blending jazz improvisation with classical technique was Hubert Laws. At the start of the 80s he relocated to Miami, and at the end of the decade landed a major label recording contract. His debut for PolyGram Records, Morning Ride, did very well in the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts. A serious boat accident threatened to derail his career in 1990, but he made a strong recovery and...