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Arturo Sandoval: Live at the Blue Note

On the CD/DVD combo release, Arturo Sandoval tells his DVD interviewer that the heart of his music is bebop. Working up an Afro-Cuban bop froth on several numbers, he and his hot young band prove the claim beyond a doubt. At a ferocious pace, “Eso Es Lo Que Hay” is a prime example. Sandoval takes the audience’s breath away with his speed, control and range on the trumpet. The piece also demonstrates the bothersome side of his improvisation-virtuosity overriding ideas. But on the next tune, “Eastern Blues,” content rules technique. Sandoval starts with long tones, works into shorter phrases, uses repetition, refers to his mentor Dizzy Gillespie and builds a 13-chorus solo that spins a story.

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