Arturo Sandoval – 10 Time Grammy Award Winner
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A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn’t take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.
Arturo Sandoval is in fact, one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time and he has been seen by millions on the Academy Awards Shows, at the Grammy Awards and the Billboard Awards.
“Born into poverty in Cuba and held back by his government, he risked everything to share his gifts
with the world. In the decades since, this astonishing trumpeter, pianist and composer has inspired
audiences in every corner of the world and awakened a new generation of great performers. He
remains one of the best ever to play.” –Barack Obama (presenting Arturo Sandoval The Presidential Medal of Freedom
Ten-time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval is now releasing his new album Ultimate Duets. Marking Sandoval’s first release in five years, and the continuation of a distinguished four-decade catalogue of over 30 groundbreaking titles, the album finds artists from the worlds of pop, jazz, classical and Latin music coming together for the Cuban maestro’s first duets release.
At the outset of recording, Arturo simply asked each participant to suggest a favorite song they would like to reimagine with the trumpet legend and the results are as wide-ranging and illustrious as the list of collaborators. The release of first single “Andante, Andante” – features the awaited return of the globally recognized voice of ABBA’s Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Sandoval and Lyngstad’s take on the song from the multi-platinum Super Trooper album marked the first time that a member of the Swedish supergroup has returned to the studio to record one of their classics. With producer Gregg Field also working on the list of collaborators, the project saw Stevie Wonder choose to record “People” (which he and Sandoval first performed at a Grammy tribute to Barbara Streisand), whereas Prince Royce turned the tables and decided to record Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” in a contemporary Bachata style.
Many other magic moments materialized as the project grew, such as Alejandro Sanz (who appears on his own duet of “Corazon Partio”) brilliantly suggesting the addition of guitar legend Vicente Amigo to a flamenco infused version of Placido Domingo’s classic “Granada”. Participating in the album inspired Pharrell Williams to write the new, personal and specifically titled “Arturo Sandoval” with an invitation also extended to Ariana Grande. At Arturo’s own request to his longtime friend Al Jarreau to revisit the famed hit “After All,” the fellow multiple-Grammy winner decided to write a new spoken word introduction. The addition of “The Pyramids, the China Wall… I’ll still be here After All… Mountains may crumble and stars may fall… I’ll still be here After All.” became even more emotional and timeless as it became Jarreau’s final recording, with the vocalist sadly passing away soon after the song’s completion.
Similarly, Sandoval could not envision completing a full duets album without playing alongside the distinctive voice of his beloved friend and Cuban music icon Celia Cruz. The album is rounded out with additional duets with the powerful voice of Josh Groban, revered Dominican maestro Juan Luis Guerra, and Spain’s dynamic pop vocalist David Bisbal (see track listing below).
With his debut Mack Avenue Records recording, REACH, singularly talented pianist and five-time Grammy® Award nominee Christian Sands is stretching into exciting progressive territory as he breaks new ground traversing from the straight-ahead zone into fresh-sounding music influenced by a range of styles, from Afro-Cuban rhythms to hip-hop beats to dirty blues with an edge. That’s impressive for a youngster who is just 27. “The collection here is about reaching new ideas and reaching new music,” he says. “I’m reaching from past recordings to bring in the future, which is really all about finding myself. It’s a chance to express my experience.”
REACH becomes one more milestone in Sands’ auspicious career that stretches back to his New Haven, Connecticut upbringing. Having started playing piano at four years old, composing his first piece of music at age five, starting music classes at eight, and becoming a professional at ten, Sands was well-prepared to attend such prestigious schools as the Neighborhood Music School and the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven (he later received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music).