A Time for Love

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Arturo Sandoval is a true maestro: despite his reputation as a bop-based trumpeter who plays jazz inspired by his native Cuban tradition, he has delved deeply into tango, swing, and electric jazz in his long career. He is also a fine pianist and percussionist. That said, the notion of him recording a collection of classical pieces, standards, and ballads with a trio and a string orchestra as backing is more than a bit of a surprise. Nonetheless, that's what A Time for Love basically is. Sandoval claims that this is the realization of a 20-year dream. He wanted it bad enough to make and release the record himself, but fate stepped in. Pianist Shelly Berg heard the demos and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Arturo Sandoval is a true maestro: despite his reputation as a bop-based trumpeter who plays jazz inspired by his native Cuban tradition, he has delved deeply into tango, swing, and electric jazz in his long career. He is also a fine pianist and percussionist. That said, the notion of him recording a collection of classical pieces, standards, and ballads with a trio and a string orchestra as backing is more than a bit of a surprise. Nonetheless, that's what A Time for Love basically is. Sandoval claims that this is the realization of a 20-year dream. He wanted it bad enough to make and release the record himself, but fate stepped in. Pianist Shelly Berg heard the demos and brought him to Concord's Greg Field, who in turn brought in Grammy-winning arranger Jorge Calandrelli. They co-produced while Calandrelli arranged eight of the nine string charts -- Berg arranged the other and brought in his trio to back up Sandoval. The classical readings include Fauré's "Aprés un Reve" and "Pavane," Ravel's "Pavane Pour une Infante Defunte" (with Chris Botti on second trumpet), and Astor Piazzolla's "Oblivion" (with Monica Mancini on vocals). All reveal the emotional depth of Sandoval's playing, not just his technical acumen. While his fiery jazz playing can emote, it is often overshadowed by his expertise. Here, it is softness and tenderness without sentimentality that speak to the listener. The standards such as "I Loves You Porgy," the shimmering swing in "Speak Low," and the deep romance in the Johnny Mandel-Johnny Mercer classic "Emily" seemingly come from the vocal jazz tradition. Yet in them one can readily hear what Sandoval claims are his two greatest inspirations for this album: trumpeter Bobby Hackett's playing with the Jackie Gleason Orchestra, and the album Clifford Brown with Strings. The musical economy of those influences is reflected in the emotional weight and complex lyrical dimension carried in each note by Sandoval; the arrangements serve to heighten that revelation rather than overtake it. There are two very satisfying bonus tracks included as well, "The Windmills of Your Mind," a stellar duet with Berg, and Cole Porter's "Every Time We Say Goodbye," with Kenny Barron guesting on piano. It's tempting to call A Time for Love Sandoval's masterpiece, but that is based on the sharp contrast with virtually everything else in his catalog; only time will reveal whether or not it is. For now, what is certain is that it is one of them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2010
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072317925
  • Catalog Number: 31792
  • Sales rank: 4,497

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Aprés Un Reve (5:09)
  2. 2 Emily (4:25)
  3. 3 Speak Low (4:37)
  4. 4 Estate (4:00)
  5. 5 A Time for Love (5:06)
  6. 6 Pavane Pour une Infante Defunte - Chris Botti (5:14)
  7. 7 I Loves You Porgy (5:15)
  8. 8 Oblivion (How To Say Goodbye) - Monica Mancini (5:26)
  9. 9 Pavane (4:52)
  10. 10 Smile (4:02)
  11. 11 All the Way (4:05)
  12. 12 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (4:24)
  13. 13 Windmills of Your Mind - Shelly Berg (5:35)
  14. 14 Every Time We Say Goodbye - Kenny Barron (5:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Arturo Sandoval Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
Bruce Dukov Concert Master
Kenny Barron Piano
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Chris Botti Trumpet
Jorge Calandrelli Conductor
Darius Campo Violin
Christine Ermacoff Cello
Monica Mancini Vocals
Robin Olson Violin
Harry Shirinian Viola
Shelly Berg Piano
Gregg Field Percussion, Drums
David Ewart Violin
Natalie Leggett Violin
Keith Greene Viola
Trevor Handy Cello
Liane Mautner Violin
Songa Lee Violin
Alma Fernandez Viola
Searmi Park Violin
Tiffany Yi Hu Violin
Phillip Levy Violin
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith Cello
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Razdan Kuyumjian Violin
Darren McCann Viola
Dennis Karmazin Cello
Kevin Connolly Violin
Technical Credits
Gabriel Fauré Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Maurice Ravel Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Astor Piazzolla Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Arturo Sandoval Arranger
Ogden Nash Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Michael Bishop Mastering
John Burk Executive Producer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Jorge Calandrelli Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements
Charlie Chaplin Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Johnny Mandel Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Don Murray Engineer
Marty Panzer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Shelly Berg Arranger, rhythm arrangement
Gregg Field Composer, Producer, Engineer, Pro-Tools
David Ritz Liner Notes
Geoff Parsons Composer
Bruno Martino Composer
DuBose Heyward Composer
Bruno Brighetti Composer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Mark Joggerst Arranger
Ralf Kemper Producer
Gerrit Kinkel Engineer
Waldy Dominguez Engineer
James Phillips Composer
Jorge Pinos Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2010

    Amazing!!!

    I never heard Mr. Sandoval play this type music. What a beautiful tone and sound. Everything is so clear, warm and beautiful. Well done!!!!

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