José James and I met in Panama, many years ago. I have a vivid memory of a young, very thin, flute player, always enthusiastic, and eager to learn, with a wonderful smile and a gregarious disposition. He possessed a tremendous amount of confidence in his playing, and would try anything in the way of experimentation, never afraid of the new, always challenging the established. Almost a lifetime later, here's José again, his curiosity intact, his energy and disposition as strong as ever, on the road he never abandoned, always searching, always trying. José is my friend, always has been. But he's also a peer, one I've always respected and admired. An original, Jose's music speaks from the heart. Adelante José, salud y suerte siempre. -Rubén Blades Los Angeles,CA 2004.