Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Arturo Sandoval
Album:I Remember Clifford
Cuban music has amassed a significant following in North America over the last decade. Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is one of Cuba's best jazz musicians. He was born Nov. 6, 1949 in Artemisa, Cuba. He took up classical trumpet at age 12. In the 70s he formed the legendary jazz group Irakere with Paquito D'Rivera & Chucho Valdes. Sandoval met Dizzy Gillespie in 1977. Gillespie became his mentor and took Sandoval on tour with the United Nations Orchestra. Sandoval left Irakere in 1981 and like D'Rivera & Valdes, defected to the US in 1990 and settled in Florida. He recorded several CDs on GRP Records including this 1992 tribute to Clifford Brown. Sandoval is best when he plays straight ahead jazz and that's what he does on this. Musicians are Kenny Kirkland on piano, Charnett Moffett on bass, Kenny Washington on drums and Ernie Watts on sax. Andy Garcia played Sandoval in the 2000 HBO biopic For Love Or Country and of course Sandoval scored the film. His most recent CD on Telarc Records titled Rumba Palace was released in May. Arturo Sandoval is an excellent trumpeter and he's worth checking out. Here's Arturo Sandoval performing Cherokee with Randy Brecker, Chuck Findlay, Byron Stripling and the GRP All Star Big Band in 1992.