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World Music CD Reviews Greater Latin America

Arturo Sandoval

By Jill Ettinger

Arturo Sandoval & His Group
Malanga Music

There are trumpet players, and then there are trumpet masters Arturo Sandoval is an undisputed elite member of the latter group. A proponent of sophisticated jazz and bop styles much like his greatest influence (and mentor), Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval delivers his signature crisp and earnest technique on Arturo Sandoval & His Group, which pairs two of his classic albums from the early ’80s. Sandoval’s arrangements shimmer on original tracks like “Cancion Para Una Madre” and “Sabado 14,” which stand out humbly amidst a backdrop of jazz standards (among them George Gershwin’s “Summertime”) and new Cuban and other international works. Sandoval has dozens of recordings to his credit, and when they continue to be instant classics like this one, let’s hope there will be dozens more.