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Arturo Sandoval’s Next Album Will Be an NFT

The trumpeter dips his toe into the pool of virtual currency with Rhythm & Soul

Arturo Sandoval
Arturo Sandoval (photo: Sharonne Cohen)

Let no one accuse Arturo Sandoval of not embracing the future. The legendary Cuban-American trumpeter’s forthcoming album, Rhythm & Soul, will be his first sold as a non-fungible token, or NFT.

An NFT is a form of cryptocurrency asset; however, rather than being spendable (as Bitcoin is, for example), it is a unique piece of digital programming that is sold or exchanged like a collector’s item. In the case of a musical recording, it is not the music itself that is unique to each purchaser, but a digital certificate that is bundled with the recording and proves who owns it. This NFT is irreplaceable and secured by blockchain, meaning that there is no way to duplicate it.

In short, an NFT album is a digital equivalent of a (very) limited-edition release, with the token itself analogous to the numbered certificate of authenticity.

Produced by Tim Ellis and Tony Guerrero, Sandoval’s album will be the first for the NFT production company MetaJAX. Rhythm & Soul includes 12 songs performed by Sandoval’s septet, including saxophonist Mike Tucker; pianist Max Haymer; guitarist Will Brahm; bassist John Belzaguy; drummer Johnny Friday; and percussionist Tiki Pasillas.

An official release date for Rhythm & Soul has not been announced as yet, but Sandoval is scheduled to debut some of its songs at two private pre-release performances, the first in Newport Beach, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 30, and the second in New York on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

For more information on Arturo Sandoval, visit his website.

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