Beginnings, de la Isla
Torres grew up in a musical family, which included two guitar playing uncles: Niño Miguel, a flamenco guitarist, and Antonio, a professional guitarist.
Tomatito, who had been playing clubs in
Andalusia, became a flamenco sensation when he was discovered by guitarist Paco de Lucía. He accompanied legendary flamenco singer
Camarón de la Isla for two decades. With de Lucia and de la Isla he recorded four albums, and had a 1979 hit called "La Leyenda del Tiempo". Their album Paris 87 won a
Latin Grammy for best flamenco album in 2000. Their partnership continued until Camarón's death in 1992.
Tomatito's music blends traditional flamenco and jazz. On some albums, such as Barrio Negro, he experimented with
Brazilian Music. He has also worked with flamenco singers
Potito and pianist
Chano Domínguez, among others. A collaboration with pianist
Michel Camilo produced the albums Spain (2000), which won a
 and Spain Again (2006).
Tomatito has produced six solo albums. His 2005 album Aguadulce won a
Latin Grammy for best flamenco album, and in 2010 he won his second solo
Latin Grammy for Sonanta Suite.
His music for the film
Vengo, directed by
Tony Gatlif, won the
César Award for Best Music Written for a Film in 2001.