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Arturo Sandoval

A blazing, technically flawless trumpeter from Cuba, Arturo Sandoval has been dazzling audiences all over the world with his supercharged tone and bop-flavored flurries way up in the trumpet's highest register. In slower numbers, he sports a golden, mellow tone on the flügelhorn, marked with a sure, subtle sense of swing. Apparently he is capable of playing anything, proving it more than once by tackling classical repertoire as well as jazz in the same concert, and he has enough curiosity to search far beyond his Cubop base for repertoire. Yet he often lets his desire to please the crowd with high-note displays get in the way of musical values, and he has yet to make a great record that can stand with those trumpet giants that have preceded him.

The son of an auto mechanic, Sandoval took up the classical trumpet at 12 and was enrolled in the Cuban National School of the Arts at 15, studying with a Russian classical trumpeter. Early in the 1970s, he became one of the founding members of the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, which by 1973 had evolved into the Afro-Cuban, rock-influenced band Irakere. Sandoval met his idol Dizzy Gillespie in 1977, who promptly became a mentor and colleague, playing with Sandoval in concerts in Europe and Cuba and later featuring him in the United Nation Orchestra. After recording an album with David Amram, Havana/New York, and a couple of high-profile Irakere albums on Columbia, Sandoval left the group in 1981 to tour with his own band and record in Cuba. Occasionally, the Castro government would allow Sandoval to appear in various international jazz festivals and with orchestras like the BBC Symphony and Leningrad Philharmonic. Though he chafed under a regime that restricted his touring, Sandoval bided his time until he could get his wife and son out of Cuba, and only then, in July 1990 during a long European tour, did he defect at the American Embassy in Rome, settling in Florida.

Signing with GRP, Sandoval's first American album, appropriately titled Flight to Freedom, demonstrated his versatility in several idioms, and he toured with his own high-energy Afro-Cuban group in the 1990s. Hot House followed in 1998, and a year later he returned with Americana. L.A. Meetings appeared in spring 2001. For 2003's Trumpet Evolution, Sandoval selected material from his favorite horn players. Since that time, he has released a handful of recordings including Live at the Blue Note in 2005 and Arturo Sandoval & the Latin Jazz Orchestra and Rumba Palace, both in 2007. In 2010, Sandoval released his first album for the Concord Jazz imprint, a collection of ballads entitled Time for Love. Sandoval and the WDR Big Band's Mambo Nights followed in 2011, with Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You), a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, arriving in 2012. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi
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polingkf
His diversity is crazy. Was fortunate enough to see him live in the early 90s with the Columbus Jazz Arts Group (Ohio), a very capable big band, as the featured guest soloist. Oh man! The music was simply staggering. It was intimate enough that you could hear the audience gasp, giggle, ooh and aaah as he played. He also gave an impassioned speech about his life, Dizzy, coming to America..... a life memory.
Saw him once. Amazing player-talen t , gifted.
Arturo Sandoval...g e n i u s
I. Remember Clifford
by. Arturo. Sandoval
Turi Sandoval es un digno heredero de Irakere y su creador, Chucho Valdés. Ese grupo fue cantera de grandes talentos que hoy andan por el mundo haciéndonos disfrutar.
Thanks for the editorializi n g Mr. Ginell, but frankly we didn't ask. I clicked on the link that said BIO not OPINION OF A CRITIC.
That tone will melt butter.
Absolutely gorgeous! Listening for the first time my soul felt the beauty of his soul within his music! Gracias Pandora ...Muchos gracias!
I saw Arturo Sandoval at the Newport Jazz Festival several years ago (he played 2 different years). He was perhaps the best performer at any of the shows and I have gone for 7 years.
Trumpet, any horn for that matter, piano and an unbelivable percussionis t .
And sat for hours signing autographs until there was no one left on line.
Everyone should make a point to see this Showman.
Cool dude! Not many people can say that Arturo Sandoval rode in their Cadillac.
dancingmuse7
......wow
don.drissell
Attended his concert in St. Louis this past weekend with my 14 yr old son and we were both blown away..! Trumpet (with range like I have never heard), piano, percussion, singing, great band, even comedy... he does it all!.. the consumate entertainer. Thank you, Arturo for a night we will never forget!
felixthecat2 5 1
I studied with Arturo in Florida when I attended FIU.... Let me tell you this man is a machine and I thank him for his direction in my playing. What he shared with me has stuck with me and has helped me in my success..... Gracias Maestro
Arturo - in a word Versitile. There are, aguably, better trumpet players, but none, in my opinion as a trumpet player, who have been as versitile as this man. Like Doc Sevrinsen, Arturo can play in any genre, but when he opens up to percussion, vocal, and piano -- NO ONE can keep up with this man. What a pleasure to listen to, but a greater pleasure to experience in person.
Never cease to be amazed!!! Purity of sound and technique. And don't forget the Fluglehorn?

Yet he often lets his desire to please the crowd with high-note displays get in the way of musical values, and he has yet to make a great record that can stand with those trumpet giants that have preceded him.

Hmmm, your review of this guy????? Let's talk about your flowery writing style to impress those non-musical types. Your musical skills are really lacking if you believe that but of course your writing totally reflects your ignorance. Problem with the written word is that once it's out
dhd5
My husband who was a fine trumpet player adored and respected Sandoval. He has one of the cleanest, purest sounds on the trumpet and flugelorn I have ever heard and I particularly love his Jazz renditions.
ARTURO SANDOVAL, MY REVERENCE TO THIS SINGULAR TRUMPETER AND GREAT MUSICIAN.
"MELLOW AND RELAXING"
Superb musician! What purity of sound! Caught Arturo recently in concert in Dallas. Even though he was ill, his playing was magnificent. As always, the consumate performer!
fr82
GREAT MUSIC GUY'S. TRADITIONAL SALSA/MAMBO/ J A Z Z SO COOL!!!!!.
PANDORA IS AWESOME!!!!!
stampman
Arturo Sandoval is an adjunct professor of music at Florida Internationa l University in Miami, Florida. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform with the FIU Jazz Stageband several years ago. During the evening he introduced his love of his favorite instrument. It is not the trumpet (although he is a virtuoso with the trumpet). It is the piano!! As an acomplished pianist I was totally blown away!! He is as magnificent while playing the piano as he
polingkf
I had the pleasure of seeing Arturo live, guest-fronti n g the Columbus (Ohio) Jazz Arts Group in late 90s. Columbus JAG is an acclaimed and authentic professional big/swing band - and Arturo in front was pure, pure magic!! My cheeks hurt from the smiles that night.
Slammin', Blammin', Lammin'.!!!!
mjlutomski
An inspiration to all trumpet players! You must see him in concert to believe him.
is the bes miusic
i like beri much is romantico
Go on Master.
rvega12
One of the best trumpet player of all times! awesome player.

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