Arturo Sandoval, trumpet – Rumba Palace – Telarc

by | May 17, 2007 | Pop/Rock/World CD Reviews | 0 comments

Arturo Sandoval, trumpet – Rumba Palace – Telarc CD-84662, 54:04 ****:

(Arturo Sandoval – vocals, lead trumpet, 4th trumpet & Flugelhorn + his “Little Big Band”)

This is the first CD for Telarc by the Cuban trumpet virtuoso but his 28th album overall – including those he made in Cuba prior to defecting to the U.S. in 1990. The title is the same as Sandoval’s new nightclub in Miami’s South Beach, and all the tunes except one are his originals.  The band leader has won four Grammys and also an Emmy for the soundtrack to the movie telling his dramatic story. His strongly Latin-leaning band has several fellow Cubans in it.

The sound is big and brassy and you’d never know there were only nine or ten players participating. Sandoval’s improvisations often hit the stratospheric peaks – sort of a Latin Maynard Ferguson. Telarc’s engineering captures it all with plenty of impact. The band seems to have a very playful approach to the music, playing with loose joie de vivre. But a few of the tunes are quietly sexy too.  I’m not much of a Latin music buff but this is clearly salsa of the Hot variety, and those who are will scarf it up!

TrackList: A Gozar, Guarachando, El Huracan Del Caribe, 21st Century, Sexy Lady, Peaceful, Having Fun, Arranca De Nuevo, Rumba Palace, Nouveau Cha Cha.

 – John Henry

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