Down Beat - p.823.5 stars out of 5
- "Sandoval plays piano on the ballad 'A Lovely One,' showing his lyrical side and accomplished ability to tickle the ivories."
JazzTimes - pp.91-92
"Sandoval takes the audiences' breath away with his speed, control and range on the trumpet."
Personnel: Arturo Sandoval (trumpet); Arturo Sandoval; Phil Magallanes (piano); Dennis Marks (bass instrument); Alexis Arce, Alexis Arce (drums); Rene Toledo (guitar); Felipe Lamoglia (saxophone); Tom s Cruz (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Jeff Levenson.
Recording information: The Blue Note, NY (06/10/2004/06/11/2004).
Editor: Andy Mensing.
Live at the Blue Note is really a two-fer since it has a CD and a DVD of the same performance. Arturo Sandoval, one of the great trumpeters, leads his high-powered septet on a variety of diverse material. The uptempo bop original "The Real McBop" introduces the audience to the strong solo playing of pianist Phil Magallanes, tenor saxophonist Felipe Lamoglia, Sandoval, and guitarist Rene Toledo. "Eastern Blues" and "Blues for Diz" together form a long and continuous segment that, after the solos, features Sandoval showing off his virtuoso scatting. Sandoval switches to piano for his ballad "A Lovely One" and "Surena," which has some rich Cuban melodies before becoming "All the Things You Are." Sandoval plays muted trumpet on the R&B ballad "If I Ain't Got You" and finally sings and indulges in some heated playing during "Rhythm of Our World," which gets the audience dancing. The DVD is better than the CD because the visual aspect adds to the music and there are a few short interviews included as bonus material. ~ Scott Yanow