Ultimate Duets!

Ultimate Duets!

by Arturo Sandoval


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Although a superstar in the jazz community, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is a broadly celebrated performer whose titanic trumpet chops and charismatic stage presence are recognized around the globe. His life story, punctuated by his dramatic defection from Fidel Castro's Cuba, is legendary, and even resulted in the 2000 HBO film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story, starring Andy Garcia. From his early days with the innovative Afro-Latin ensemble Irakere, to his own jazz, fusion, and classical recordings, Sandoval has cultivated a wide-ranging cultural footprint, and earned the respect of music fans of disparate stylistic corners. It's with that wide, stylistic, and cultural scope that he crafted his 2018 album, Ultimate Duets. Produced by Sandoval and multi-Grammy Award-winning drummer Gregg Field, the album finds the trumpeter showcased alongside a series of high-profile guest performers from a across the music industry. Included are spots from Stevie Wonder, Alejandro Sanz, Al Jarreau, Josh Groban, and others. From his sparkling, brightly arranged cover of Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" featuring Prince Royce, to his dramatic, flamenco-tinged reading of "Granada," with Placido Domingo and Vicente Amigo, Sandoval lifts Ultimate Duets with a joyous, theatrical passion. It's also fun to hear him take on some more cheeky, pop-oriented material, as on his buoyant, Eurovision-ready rendition of ABBA's "Andante. Andante" with Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Surprisingly compelling is his album-ending match-up with the late-Cuban vocal legend Celia Cruz on "Quimbara." As Cruz passed in 2003, the track is a digital reworking of an older recording. Nonetheless, it sounds absolutely fresh, and roils with an earthy glee, as if Sandoval and Cruz were smiling at each other in the studio. Similarly engaging is the lush, gorgeously rendered Spanish classical piece "Solo Esta Soledad," featuring Groban. Cinematically arranged, it finds Sandoval answering Groban's yearning vocals with his warm, burnished trumpet lines. On Ultimate Duets, Sandoval soars, imbuing the album with all the heartfelt love and enthusiasm one feels from his live concerts.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2018
Label: Universal Latino
UPC: 0602567580881
catalogNumber: 002839202
Rank: 12732

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Arturo Sandoval   Primary Artist,Percussion,Piano,Trumpet
Rob Mounsey   Piano,Keyboards
Bruce Dukov   Concert Master
Kevin Axt   Bass
Jorge Calandrelli   Keyboards
Luis Conte   Percussion
George Doering   Guitar
Jeff Driskill   Saxophone
Nathan East   Bass
Reggie Hamilton   Bass
Don Murray   Rhythm Section,Horn Engineer
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Dean Parks   Guitar
Greg Phillinganes   Electric Piano
Juan Rizek   Background Vocals
Ramon Stagnaro   Guitar
Randy Waldman   Piano,Electric Piano
Stevie Wonder   Piano
Shelly Berg   Electric Piano
Gregg Field   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Horn Engineer
Vicente Amigo   Palmas
Francisco Torres   Trombone
Rafael Carrasco   Guira
Janina Rosado   Piano,Background Vocals
Luisito Quintero   Conga,Timbales,cowbell,Guiro
Roger Zayas   Background Vocals
Israel "Piraña" Suarez   Cajon,Palmas
Efrain "Junito" Davila   Piano,Keyboards
Cheche Alara   Piano,Keyboards
Jeremías King   Bass
Luis Mojíca   Conga
Raul Bier   Bongos
Christopher Mercedes   Bass
J.R. Robinson   Drums
Dennis Vargas   Rhythm Guitar
Carlitos Del Puerto   Bass
Luis Payán   Guitar
Lorena Gomez   Vocals
Gio Williams   Guitar
Tiki Passilas   Percussion
Victoria Cristina   Vocals
Liza Aquino   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jarreau   Composer
Gordon Goodwin   Arranger
Rob Mounsey   Arranger,Programming
Arturo Sandoval   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Additional Production
David Foster   Composer
Alejandro Sanz   Composer
Agustín Lara   Composer
Jorge Calandrelli   Producer,rhythm arrangement,Orchestral Arrangements
Joe Chiccarelli   Engineer
Jay Graydon   Composer
Juan Luis Guerra   Composer
Don Murray   Engineer
Jule Styne   Composer
Björn Ulvaeus   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer,rhythm arrangement
Shelly Berg   Arranger
Gregg Field   Producer,Engineer,rhythm arrangement,Additional Production
Bob Merrill   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Composer
Steve Genewick   Engineer
Chris Walden   Arranger,String Arrangements
Pharrell Williams   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Junior Cepeda   Composer
Anni-Frid Lyngstad   Vocal Arrangements
Efrain "Junito" Davila   Arranger,Engineer
Cheche Alara   Arranger,Programming
Jake R. Tanner   Engineer
Caco Refojo   Vocal Engineer
Werner Weitschacher   Vocal Engineer
Mike Larson   Engineer
Benny Anderson   Composer
Jean Rodriguez   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Engineer
David Julca   Vocal Engineer
Dustin Higgins   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Mercedes Migel Carpio   Composer
Jonathan Julca   Vocal Engineer
Claudia Alejandra Menkarski   Composer
Allan Leschorn   Engineer
Larry Safir   Executive Producer
Aurelio Estébanez   Engineer
Lara Sophie Katy Crokaet   Composer
Toni Fernandez   Vocal Engineer
Edito Martinez   Arranger

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