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José Fernández Torres, known as Tomatito (born Almería, 1958), is a Spanish flamenco guitarist. He was born among great flamenco guitarists, including his father Tomate and uncle Niño Miguel.

Tomatito became a flamenco sensation at an early age when he was discovered by famed guitarist Paco de Lucía and began working in part with legendary flamenco singer Camarón de la Isla.

In 1979, the trio produced a hit called “La Leyenda del Tiempo.” Their partnership continued until Camarón’s death in 1992.

A later collaboration included pianist Michel Camilo, producing the albums Spain (2000) and Spain Again (2006).

Tomatito’s music is a unique mix of traditional flamenco and jazz. On some albums, such as Barrio Negro, he experimented with Afro-Cuban and Brazilian Music. He has also worked with flamenco singers Duquende and Chano Domiguez among many others.

Tomatito has produced six solo albums and in 2005, won a Latin Grammy for Best Flamenco Record, for his album Aguadulce.

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