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|Arturo Sandoval||Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Trumpet, Flugelhorn|
|Michael Brecker||Tenor Saxophone|
|Rene Toledo||Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar|
|Rey Ruiz||Vocals, Background Vocals|
|Edwin Bonilla||Marimbas, Timbales, cowbell|
|Ed Calle||Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone|
|Willie Jones III||Drums|
|Charles McNeill||Tenor Saxophone|
|Arturo Sandoval||Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes|
|Carlos Cats Valldejuli||Producer|
|Jennifer Collins||Art Direction|
|Eric Schilling||Engineer, Mastering|
Posted October 1, 2010
Arturo Sandoval's Hot House is not a live album, but has that feel. The Latin/Big Band/Swing arrangements are infectious, and leave plenty of room for Arturo to show his chops. Yet, he does not venture into the trumpet 'gymnastics' (at the expense of the melody) of which he may have been guilty on other albums.
The first track, Funky Cha-Cha, jumps from the very first note, and the next two tracks reinforce the lush Cuban rythms that prevail through the disc. The second song, "Rythm Of Our World", lulls you with a slow simmer at the beginning, but builds into a swinging finish. The third song is the title track and ups the danceability/live performance feel.
The fourth track, "Only You (NO Se Tu)" slows things down and is stunning in its beauty. Patty Austin's rendition switches from English to Spanish, and the yearning her vocals convey is achingly transparent in both languages.
Song six, "Tiro", has all the best of the genre. This is possibly my favorite of all eleven songs. The lead vocalist, (I beleive his name is Ray Gonzalez), positivley shines, and his voice actually reminds me of the great Hector Lavoe.
Songs seven and nine, "Closely Dancing" and "New Images" are beautiful, hypnotic instrumentals that are reminiscent of summer night slow dancing on a torch-lit balcony.
Arturo then finishes with "Cuban-American Medley" and "Brassmaen's Holiday", just in case you've been mesmerized into forgetting that Hot House, first and formeost, swings. if you don't know how to rumba, cha-cha, or even tango, you'll probably wish you did.