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Arturo Sandoval: L.A. Meetings

What can I tell you about Arturo Sandoval that Andy Garcia hasn’t? If you’re a fan of the Cuban trumpet king, this 1989 session, L.A. Meetings, is a sterling example of the fire blazing from Sandoval’s horn the year prior to his defection; it has gone unreleased until now. With strong-as-a-bull clarity and imaginative melodicism, Sandoval shines with a diverse repertoire of mostly his own compositions.

Sandoval and his band’s stopover in L.A. came when he was invited to participate at the annual trumpet-convention symposium at University of California, Santa Barbara. This recording shows how far along Sandoval had come since departing the Cuban superband Irakere in 1981.

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