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Arturo Sandoval Live in Evanston with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra

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Arturo Sandoval with the Chicago Jazz OrchestraPick-Staiger Concert HallNorthwestern University Soundings Spring FestivalEvanston, ILApril 7, 2012Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval says he's happy some people still listen to music made by musicians playing instruments. In an age when people can download songs for 99 cents without knowing who arranged the songs or if human musicians put work into recording the tracks, jazz musicians are fortunate people still want to listen to them perform with saxophones, trumpets, trombones and pianos, Sandoval says.Sandoval expressed this appreciation of jazz fans and casually chided the concept of ...

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Arturo Sandoval: A Time for Love

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Years ago, on The Tonight Show, host Johnny Carson asked guest Frank Sinatra what music he enjoyed listening to when “in those romantic moments." Sinatra, to the host's surprise, said he particularly enjoyed the hearing works of Debussy, Ravel and other Impressionists and Romantics. With A Time for Love, trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval steps away from the fast, hard-swinging Afro-Cuban and bebop con fuego jazz for which he is known and delivers a 14-cut romantic love letter con alma. This is fine listening, no matter what the moment might be or what Sinatra--who certainly knew his trumpeters--might have enjoyed.

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Arturo Sandoval: Rumba Palace

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When Arturo Sandoval was born, jazz was relatively unknown in his native Cuba. One of the first jazz pioneers to break into that market was that bebop professor, Dizzy Gillespie. So it follows that Sandoval, who took up classical trumpet, would ultimately find inspiration from Gillespie. After several years with the Cuban group Irakere, Sandoval formed his own band and later became a member of Gillespie's ensemble. Widely respected as a jazz trumpeter, Sandoval prefers to be recognized simply as a man who loves music. His career has covered jazz, Latin, Afro-Cuban music, bebop and classical. And he ...

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Arturo Sandoval: His Group & Rumba Palace

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Arturo Sandoval's career, from his early days in Irakere to his solo career in Cuba and finally his defection to the United States (while touring with Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations Band) is colorful enough even without considering the music. His early material recorded in Cuba hadn't been much available ...

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Arturo Sandoval: Rumba Palace

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Recording technology advances offer jazz musicians the choice between documenting a live performance and creating a product. The ability to record a solo several times means that musicians can produce exactly what they hear in their heads, albeit at the expense of spontaneity. In some cases, this can result in a finely tuned jazz release that sounds crystal clear. On the other hand, jazz musicians can abuse this technology, resulting in highly produced instrumental pop albums. Arturo Sandoval's Rumba Palace walks that line, and too often strays into the territory of overproduction.

Several technical issues blur the line between musicianship ...

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Arturo Sandoval: Rumba Palace

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The influence of Latin jazz on adult contemporary and smooth jazz composition and recording cannot be over estimated. It is unfortunate that, more often than not, contemporary and smooth jazz fails to treat the Latin element with the necessary respect. It takes a sharply recorded example like Rumba Palace to bring the listener back into the fold of true Latin jazz in its entire splendor.

Promotional concerns depict Rumba Palace as Cuban expatriate trumpeter Arturo Sandoval showing his “Latin side. Sandoval is equally capable in all subclasses of jazz as well as classical music, but it could be ...

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Arturo Sandoval: My Passion for the Piano

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There have been jazz artists who have set aside their usual instrument for an excursion into the realm of another. Bix Beiderbecke was known to play Ravel and other classic composers on the piano. Charles Mingus recorded an album on the keyboard. Now comes first rate trumpet player Arturo Sandoval with his own recorded adventure on the piano. In a trio setting, augmented by saxophonist Ed Calle on two tracks, he takes on an eclectic program of familiar and less familiar material including a few from his composing pen. Sandoval's pianism is characterized by flamboyant chordal and harmonic embellishments with ...

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Arturo Sandoval: Hot House

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In societies haunted by seemingly providential preventive warnings and labels, this album should come with a cover admonition: “Warning! Testicular trumpet playing can affect all those with a weak heart for well-executed music, especially Kenny G fans. Please consult your physician before buying this album.” Well, on the other hand, do not think for a minute that Sandoval's work can be subsumed into ballsy, brawny, cojonudo, flights of unparalleled blowing. After all, no one can be described as the “Best trumpet player in the world,” by just hitting notes hard, fast, and continuously. Don Sandoval can be as expressive and/or ...

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Arturo Sandoval: My Passion For The Piano

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Straight-ahead piano trio jazz is one of Arturo Sandoval's passions. High-flying, bebop-rooted trumpeting is another. There are other passions in his life. In November 2000, HBO television depicted his life in a special film, For Love Or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story, starring Andy Garcia.

Like his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval has always felt comfortable sitting down at the piano to accompany his band and to share in the ensemble's fun. As a piano soloist, he is surprisingly well skilled. After all, he's classically trained. Sandoval attended Cuba's National School of the Arts before helping to found Havana's Orquesta Cubana ...

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Arturo Sandoval: L.A. Meetings

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With his last Cuban band, Arturo Sandoval visited Los Angeles in 1989. His defection didn't occur until almost a year later. The Poncho Sanchez band was going to be part of a European tour with Arturo Sandoval's band and Dizzy Gillespie. So, here were Sanchez, Sandoval and his Cuban band; rehearsing for the tour. What an opportunity! Frank Marrone recorded them in Hollywood's Ocean Way Studio. The result is one of Sandoval's finest recordings.

Rising star Hilario Duran shows his fine son montuno chops and indicates why he's so in demand these days. Guest conguero Sanchez trades fours with Sandoval ...

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Arturo Sandoval: Ronnie Scott's Jazz House

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Now that Arturo Sandoval is approaching mythologization through a new HBO movie entitled, appropriately enough “The Arturo Sandoval Story," revived interest in his life and career--of course in sync with the Latin, and specifically Cuban, music surge--inevitably will lead to new recordings, re-releases and touring schedules. And to think: The Feds almost deported this soon-to-be legend.

DCC Compact Classics' timing is good, very good indeed. But it seems to be coincidental. The DCC label so far has specialized in re-releasing classic performances of yesteryear recorded at Ronnie Scott's Jazz House in London. Already, legendary performances by Wes Montgomery and Sonny ...

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Arturo Sandoval: Hot House

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On Hot House, the flashy Cuban–born trumpeter Arturo Sandoval coaxes a big–band sound from a group that is slightly smaller than Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau (two trumpets, two saxophones, two trombones and rhythm), adding a vigorous Latin beat shaped by drums, bass, piano, synthesizer and three rhythm specialists — Castrillo, Bonilla and Toledo — with timbalero Tito Puente sitting in on two numbers. Like Maynard, Sandoval uses his high–note trumpet to add weight to ensemble passages and tight arrangements to make the (relatively) small group appear larger than it is. Besides playing lead and soloing with assurance, Sandoval wrote ...



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