Sandoval went to great pains to achieve his vision for "Trumpet Evolution." After transcribing each tune by ear, he chose different musicians, recording facilities and techniques according to the sound, era and emotional resonance each track evokes. Sandoval enlisted musical advisor Clark Terry and executive producer Quincy Jones to help steer the project, and he re-created each tune with the blessing of the original artists or their surviving family members.
While his gifts as an arranger and engineer are on full display here, Sandoval’s instrument is the album’s true star. From ragtime-inspired riffing on Bix Beiderbecke’s "At The Jazz Band Ball" to the fragile grace of Chet Baker’s "My Funny Valentine" (which also features a lilting Sandoval vocal), or the crisp, flawless reading of Tartini’s "Concerto in D Major," Sandoval’s range and authority as a trumpet player are unmatched.
Sandoval’s gifts are born of experience. He first came to prominence in the 1970s as a founding member of the Grammy-winning group Irakere, whose groundbreaking mix of jazz, classical, rock and traditional Cuban music set a precedent for the artistic restlessness and diversity that have defined Sandoval¹s career. While in Irakere, Sandoval met and became a protégé of Dizzy Gillespie. The two forged a deep friendship, touring the world, and and eventually collaborating in the United Nations Orchestra. Sandoval defected from his native Cuba in 1990, moving with his family to Florida where he lives to this day. In 2001, the HBO film "For Love Or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story" told the artist’s gripping story to great acclaim. Andy Garcia’s portrayal of Sandoval earned a Best Actor Emmy nomination, and Sandoval’s original score for the movie earned an Emmy win for Outstanding Music Composition.
Hear an NPR interview: http://www.npr.org/display_pages/features/feature_1236640.html