The Havana-born Sandoval, a multiple Grammy-winning horn player, has been yearning to do this album for decades. “It’s been twenty years since I came to live in the United States,” he explains, “and practically every year, with every record label who’s signed me, I’ve asked to make this style album. ‘Let me play softly,’ I said. ‘Let me play ballads with big orchestration behind me. Let me hear the violins and violas, the oboes and the flutes. Let me be inspired by a symphonic setting.”
However, record labels were reluctant to endorse this type of work by an artist known internationally for his own style of bebop-influenced Afro-Cuban jazz and for his technical precision. So, he took matters into his own hands by recording 20 tracks in his home studio that he described as speaking “the language of love.” A superb keyboardist as well as trumpet player, Sandoval played all the instruments and suggested the strings through a synthesizer...While the album features selections from the Great American Songbook of jazz standards, the focus is reinterpreting the works of classical composers including Ravel, Feure and Piazolla...
A highlight of the album is the track featuring Sandoval and guest trumpeter Chris Botti on Ravel’s “Pavane for a Dead Princess.” Says Field about the collaboration, “Having two of the most famous trumpet players on the planet in the same room playing together was an event unto itself!”
Another highlight features vocalist Monica Mancini singing on the Astor Piazolla composition "Oblivion," which debuts an English lyric written for her for the recording.
I had a chance to listen to both Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess) and Oblivion (How to Say Goodbye), and really enjoyed them, especially Oblivion.
I am definitely not a jazz aficionado, but I still enjoyed the smooth, mellow, slow tracks from Sandoval's A Time for Love and I think many others will too!
Shop: You can purchase Arturo Sandoval: A Time for Love on Amazon.com at various other retailers online and nationwide (ARV $18.98).
Win: One lucky winner will receive a copy of Arturo Sandoval: Time for Love!
***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Congratulations to katklaw777!
- To enter, visit Arturo Sandoval and comment on your favorite track from any album (excluding anything mentioned in this post).
- You’ll get one extra entry each if you do any of the following (be sure to leave a comment for each “entry”):
- 1)Blog about this giveaway and link back to Sage and Savvy and Arturo Sandoval (leave the link in your comment)
- 2)Subscribe to my feed
- 3)Add my button to your sidebar
- 4)Follow me on Twitter (leave your Twitter name in your comment)
- 5)Tweet this giveaway (leave the link in your comment)The deadline for entries is June 7, 2010, 11:59pm HST.
- If you submitted an eligible entry and it is chosen by random.org as the winner, you will be notified via email on June 8, 2010 (make sure your email address is in your profile or comment) and will have 3 days to accept.
- Valid for US addresses only.
- By entering in this giveaway, you have read and agreed to Sage and Savvy’s policies regarding giveaways.
Thank you to Universal Music Group for providing the product(s) for review and/or giveaway free of charge. All opinions are my own. I received no monetary compensation for this post.