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 ...read more
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.read more
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 ...read more
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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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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