9 August 2007
ARTURO SANDOVAL Y SU GRUPO - BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER
Arturo Sandoval live in Chicago for the Chicago Caribbean Arts Association (CCAA)from 1983.
This is a small independant lable release documenting an incendiary afro-cuban live workout at The Bismark Hotel,Chicago pre Sandoval's defection to the USA.The session just blows everything he did afterwards into the dust and is easily the best music Sandoval recorded.No GRP lush production,no pissing around grandstanding with a bunch of faceless session musicians and no sloppy,saccharine commercial mush.Just raw,percussion driven descarga styled afro cuban jazz.
Check the charming,faltering spoken intro to "On Green Dolphin Street" and then be prepared for a conga/chekere fueled battering of this standard which can't fail to take your breath away.Traditional Cuban forms are contemporized in his interpretations of the romantic bolero(En Nostros)and,the conga(Regando Flores)and the danzon(Danzoncito)The conga and the danzon,which are particularly rich in afro cuban percussion,also contain elements of traditional chanting which find new expression in Sandovals advanced scat singing in "Blues ien Dos Partes" dedicated to Dizzy Gillespie and Clark Terry.The set was brought to a close and the crowd to their feet by the furious medley "Estoy Para'o" one of those remarkable fusions where jazz and latin are one.
Arturo Sandoval - Trumpet;Hilario Duran-Piano.Synthesizer,Jorge Reyes Hernandes-Bass;Bernardo Carrera-Drums;Ahmed Barroso Jorajuria-Guitar;Reinaldo Valera del Monte- Percussion.
Ripped from the original vinyl @320-No Reissues.