Trumpet great Arturo Sandoval has compiled a most significant resume including four Grammy awards, six Billboard awards and an Emmy.
This is Sandoval's 28th recording and it comes after his defection from Cuba, his founding of the band Irakere and his work with Dizzy Gillespie.
His power and rapid execution are evident on track one, "A Gozar." Not only do we hear his fluent trumpet, Sandoval takes the vocal lead as he does on several subsequent tracks.
The entire band contributes their voices to the fiery "El Huracan Del Caribe." Lots of unison brass work over heavy percussion. "Sexy Lady" is entirely different. Sandoval adds a mute, the tempo slows and the fire is tamped down to a slow but hot burn. It's very romantically swinging.
Young people take note! Guitarist Wes Montgomery — who died at an early age — changed the way guitar was being played.
It's simple, no Wes Montgomey, no George Benson. Fortunately for all of us, Montgomery found himself in San Francisco on the same day in 1962 that the Miles Davis band was in town. Knowing this weeks in advance, Montgomery enlisted the famous Davis rhythm section of pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb and gave them material to study for the live recording date. Tenor sax legend Johnnie Griffin was also in town and was also included.
Word of the live date leaked out and on June 25 the crowd sold out the club — thus the name, "Full House." What a great marriage between the best guitarist alive and the best rhythm section in the nation. The results are here, available for all to hear.
Producer Orrin Keepnews let the players have time to stretch out. "Blue 'n Boogie" for example is 9:36. However, every second is necessary to hear first Benson, and then Kelly followed by hearing Griffin luxuriate and create.
The prettiest cut is a Montgomery unaccompanied solo on "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face." Brief at 3:28, his playing is melodic and sensitive. This is a real treasure.
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The first track, "View from Above" was not my cup of tea but not one to make hasty decisions; I really got into the second cut, "Mantra."
Whereas the opener didn't have ever a smooth roll, "Mantra," a medium tempo tune found its groove immediately and hooked me into pianist Robert Glasper's work and Aaron Parks on Fender Rhodes. "107 Steps," a Bjork composition, puts the spotlight on bass clarinetist Myron Waalden who haunts and swings his way throughout with a pure and beautiful tone.
This is an elite group of New York musicians, all of whom are under the age of 30. This is their contemporary music but based on the tradition, all of the time moving it forward.
Scott, whose idol is Art Blakey, has been trumpeter Terrence Blanchard's drummer of choice for more than three years. And to his credit, despite that he is a drummer and the leader, this not a drum-heavy release.
Scott highlights harmonics above all else.
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