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12 MAY 10 CHRIS SLAWECKI
The first thing you notice about Arturo Sandoval's new Concord Jazz release A Time for Love is that it's a huge production full of special guests, an encore, even a "Very Special Bonus Track." Throughout the set, Sandoval's art and soul enable you to get lost within the deep quiet of his beautiful trumpet playing.
"All the Way" and "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," rendered in sadness and loneliness, in faithfulness and resolve, are just about perfect tunes for this ballad set. So is this title track -- the "slowly rolling over without disturbing the blankets" kind of warm and soft. Written by Maurice Ravel in 1899, "Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte (Prayer For A Dead Princess)" teams Sandoval with Chris Botti. Astor Piazziola's "Oblivion (How To Say Goodbye)" debuts new English lyrics specifically written for Monica Mancini's sad, sophisticated vocal.
Pianist Shelly Berg serves Sandoval with impeccable taste and timing, especially in "Oblivion" and the breathtakingly quiet encore, their piano-trumpet duet "Windmills Of Your Mind." Sandoval sings, too, in an earnest, good-natured vocal style that warmly embraces the childlike charm of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile."
A Time for Love is one of Sandoval's musical dreams come true: "It was a poem, a prayer, a statement of the heart." You won't often hear music more beautiful than this.
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