This early solo effort (made available on CD by Messidor) by trumpeter Arturo Sandoval was recorded in Madrid, Spain a few years before his defection from Cuba. Sandoval really lets loose on the six selections (five originals plus "A Night in Tunisia"), showing off his tremendous technique and his ability to play rapid lines. The high-powered music (which also features pianist Hilario Duran and guitarist Jorge Chicoy) may turn some listeners off due to its ferocity and lack of space, but one cannot help but be impressed by Sandoval's talents.
Album performed by Cuban American trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval (Artemis, 1949) as a tribute to the U.S. and the music of American authors by reason of having obtained U.S. citizenship in 1999 after nearly 10 years of long wait. His career record is close to fifty published album. He recorded also in other styles, outside their main line of jazz, accompanying various internationally renowned singers (Gloria Estefan, Frank Sinatra and others) and participating in concerts with great musics as Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente and Celine Dion.
Live at the Brewhouse Theatre, England 1992Rarely does a musician master the arts of Jazz, Classical, and Latin music with such technique and purity as Arturo Sandoval. His struggles in Cuba have given him the energy and strength to accomplish and surpass his childhood dreams. Filled with a virtuoso capability, he desires nothing more than to share his gift with others who feel the same intense adoration for music. His keen technical trumpeting ability and specialty in high notes can be coupled with his piano compositions, as well as lyrical ballad improvisations.
Arturo Sandoval, one of the great trumpeters, leads his high-powered septet on a variety of diverse material. The uptempo bop original "The Real McBop" introduces the audience to the strong solo playing of pianist Phil Magallanes, tenor saxophonist Felipe Lamoglia, Sandoval, and guitarist Rene Toledo.
This unique set finds Dizzy Gillespie (who was nearly age 65) sharing the frontline with the great Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Backed by a fine Finnish rhythm section, Sandoval and the great trumpeter are both in good spirits playing five of Gillespie's originals including "Wheatleigh Hall" and "And Then She Stopped." Considering that it would be another decade before Sandoval was able to defect from Cuba (and finally play the music he wanted), this recording is of great historic value.