Rumba Palace

Rumba Palace

by Arturo Sandoval
     
 

There's something about Cuban music that makes you wonder, whenever you listen to it, why it is that you spend so much of your life doing things other than listening to it. And the same goes for the great Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval -- whenever you hear him do something other than play Cuban music, you wonder why on Earth he's doing whatever that other thing is.…  See more details below

Overview

There's something about Cuban music that makes you wonder, whenever you listen to it, why it is that you spend so much of your life doing things other than listening to it. And the same goes for the great Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval -- whenever you hear him do something other than play Cuban music, you wonder why on Earth he's doing whatever that other thing is. On his latest album (named after a nightclub he owns in Miami), he gratefully spends most of his time focusing on what he and his band do best: huge horn arrangements, courtesy of Felipe Lamoglia, that not only amaze you with their complexity but also tickle your fancy with their melodic sweetness; richly multi-layered Cuban rhythms; call-and-response vocals; and an irrepressibly joyful ambience. Sandoval is equally impressive as a singer and a trumpeter, and the mix of vocal and instrumental numbers is one of the most enjoyable aspects of this fine album. Things only bog down when they start wearing their sophistication and complexity too heavily: "Having Fun" feels more abstract and musicianly than musical, and "21st Century" sounds like a tone poem trying too hard to evoke a mood rather than a piece of music enjoyable for its own sake. Overall, though, this album is a joy and a pleasure.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408366222
catalogNumber:
83662
Rank:
294690

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Arturo Sandoval   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Bass Trumpet,Vocals,Bata
Dana Teboe   Trombone
Dante Luciani   Trombone
Jason Carder   Trumpet
Tony Perez   Piano,Keyboards
Tomás Cruz   Percussion,Bata
Felipe Lamoglia   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Chekere
Armando Gola   Bass
Alexis "Pututi" Arce   Bata
Cheito Quinones   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Arturo Sandoval   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Carl Griffin   Producer,Audio Production
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Robert Friedrich   Mastering
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Felipe Lamoglia   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production

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