A Time for Love

A Time for Love

by Arturo SandovalArturo Sandoval


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Arturo Sandoval is a true maestro: despite his reputation as a bop-based trumpeter who plays jazz inspired by his native Cuban tradition, he has delved deeply into tango, swing, and electric jazz in his long career. He is also a fine pianist and percussionist. That said, the notion of him recording a collection of classical pieces, standards, and ballads with a trio and a string orchestra as backing is more than a bit of a surprise. Nonetheless, that's what A Time for Love basically is. Sandoval claims that this is the realization of a 20-year dream. He wanted it bad enough to make and release the record himself, but fate stepped in. Pianist Shelly Berg heard the demos and brought him to Concord's Greg Field, who in turn brought in Grammy-winning arranger Jorge Calandrelli. They co-produced while Calandrelli arranged eight of the nine string charts -- Berg arranged the other and brought in his trio to back up Sandoval. The classical readings include Fauré's "Aprés un Reve" and "Pavane," Ravel's "Pavane Pour une Infante Defunte" (with Chris Botti on second trumpet), and Astor Piazzolla's "Oblivion" (with Monica Mancini on vocals). All reveal the emotional depth of Sandoval's playing, not just his technical acumen. While his fiery jazz playing can emote, it is often overshadowed by his expertise. Here, it is softness and tenderness without sentimentality that speak to the listener. The standards such as "I Loves You Porgy," the shimmering swing in "Speak Low," and the deep romance in the Johnny Mandel-Johnny Mercer classic "Emily" seemingly come from the vocal jazz tradition. Yet in them one can readily hear what Sandoval claims are his two greatest inspirations for this album: trumpeter Bobby Hackett's playing with the Jackie Gleason Orchestra, and the album Clifford Brown with Strings. The musical economy of those influences is reflected in the emotional weight and complex lyrical dimension carried in each note by Sandoval; the arrangements serve to heighten that revelation rather than overtake it. There are two very satisfying bonus tracks included as well, "The Windmills of Your Mind," a stellar duet with Berg, and Cole Porter's "Every Time We Say Goodbye," with Kenny Barron guesting on piano. It's tempting to call A Time for Love Sandoval's masterpiece, but that is based on the sharp contrast with virtually everything else in his catalog; only time will reveal whether or not it is. For now, what is certain is that it is one of them.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2010
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072317925
catalogNumber: 31792
Rank: 43561

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Arturo Sandoval   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Concert Master
Kenny Barron   Piano
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Chris Botti   Trumpet
Jorge Calandrelli   Conductor
Darius Campo   Violin
Monica Mancini   Vocals
Robin Olson   Violin
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Shelly Berg   Piano
Gregg Field   Percussion,Drums
David Ewart   Violin
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Darrin McCann   Viola
Keith Greene   Viola
Trevor Handy   Cello
Liane Mautner   Violin
Songa Lee   Violin
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Searmi Park   Violin
Tiffany Yi Hu   Violin
Phillip Levy   Violin
Chris Ermacoff   Cello
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith   Cello
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Razdan Kuyumjian   Violin
Dennis Karmazin   Cello
Kevin Connolly   Violin

Technical Credits

Gabriel Fauré   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Maurice Ravel   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Astor Piazzolla   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Arturo Sandoval   Arranger
Ogden Nash   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Don Murray   Engineer
Marty Panzer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Shelly Berg   Arranger,rhythm arrangement
Gregg Field   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Pro-Tools
David Ritz   Liner Notes
Bruno Martino   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Bruno Brighetti   Composer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Mark Joggerst   Arranger
Ralf Kemper   Producer
Gerrit Kinkel   Engineer
Waldy Dominguez   Engineer
James Phillips   Composer
Jorge Pinos   Management
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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