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So many artists make claims about how music – and more specifically, the music of a particular influential figure – saved their lives. But when trumpeter Arturo Sandoval makes such a claim about Dizzy Gillespie, it’s not an overstatement.

Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You), set for release on May 8, 2012, on Concord Jazz, is Sandoval’s tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, ... Read more in Amazon's Arturo Sandoval Store

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Amazing! This album sparkles! 24 Sept. 2003
By JetTone12 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album is Arturo's first album after being let into the United States to live from Cuba, and is appropriately titled "Flight To Freedom". This guy is one of my all-time favorite trumpet players and he definitely shows why on this recording. Amazing playing, astounding range, huge sound, knockout technique. A lot of the tunes have the Latino AMERICAN feel, which is different and more American sounding than, say, the music Arturo did with Irakere. It has a fusion influence and even has some rock flavor in it in places. However, it still is full of life and energy, and is wonderful to hear as expected. Arturo is much more than a flashy musician. He's a flashy musician with a passion in his playing. The album opens up with the lively "Flight To Freedom", which has Arturo trading off phrases with the saxophonist and they basically are setting you up for the album to come. "Last Time I Saw You" has some amazing trumpet playing from Arturo and is also a cool composition. If this music was in the mainstream, this song would be a hit. It's catchy and the rhythm section is great. Chick Corea stops by on piano for this track. "Caribeno" has an annoying intro (that guitar) but then segways into a wonderful latin tune. Arturo really swings on this one and hits some extraordinarily high notes at the beginning (including a really loud F over Double C). He takes a more laid-back approach with flugelhorn on "Samba De Amore", which is a beautiful song. This is the type of song you could sit back and eat while listening to it. Ironically, the only song I don't particularly care for on this set is the Chick Corea song. It is repetitive and doesn't really go anywhere. Arturo has some good muted trumpet licks but that's about it. "Rene's Song" is a lively, percussion driven song that is nice to hear with Arturo digging in on trumpet again. Following that is a beautiful, tasty rendition of the classic standard "Body And Soul". Arturo plays on flugelhorn again and this is classic. Unbelievable ballad work. This proves he is one of the best all-around jazz players. Equally impressive is the remake of the Dizzy Gillespie classic "Tanga", which is great trumpet playing from Arturo with a harmon mute. I have seen Dizzy perform this tune and Arturo definitely stays true to the style and composition. "Caprichosos De La Habana" is a wonderful song about Cuba's biggest city. It's a lively, nostalgic return to Arturo's life before America (the happy parts of it anyway). He plays masterfully here. Finally is the recording of a song everyone who has seen the Arturo Sandoval Story will know, "Marianela" (the song he plays at the baseball field). This is a beautiful, heartfelt dedication to his wife. And talk about heroic trumpet playing: Arturo plays the whole thing up an octave for the last minute and a half ending this piece literally on a HIGH note (a double G# to be exact). Wow.
If you are a fan of Arturo, or Cuban music in general, get this, you'll almost certainly enjoy it. If you're not into Arturo, however, you might not enjoy this as much as I did. If you like a feel-good album and you like great trumpet playing, this is probably one for you. Arturo soars. I personally found this to be a very enjoyable listen.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
caribeno 22 Aug. 2000
A Kid's Review - Published on
Format: Audio CD
it's sparkling, scintillating latino jazz. The trumpet vulcan Artoro Sandoval celebrates this amazing stimulating kind of music as a synthesis between Jazzrock and Salsa in an incomparable way. Enjoy it! Who never heard that sound is missing lot of happiness and acoustical satisfaction.
Wonderful, passionate album by a talented and joyous artist 6 April 2012
By Chris Bach - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've had the pleasure of seeing Arturo play at Citrus College, where one of my best friends was attending as a trumpet musician as well. I sat maybe 20' from the stage. Occasionally, it's all you can do to keep from covering your ears with the power he can put on display. The sound pressure is out of this world. He really lets it all hang out.

That said, the feeling you get with this album is one of joy, spirit, and optimism. I seem to recall my friend explaining to me that Arturo had recently immigrated to America and this was a sort of thanks and appreciation. I hope that's accurate, as it shaped my opinion of the album as I was introduced and continue to enjoy it today. In any event, however you interpret it, the album is easy listening and has a number of good tracks.

There are many releases, and if I were to only buy three albums, it would this, Hot House, and I remember Clifford.

Musicians like Arturo are few and far between. The only other three I think compare (with my I'll admit limited exposure to the scene) are Jon Faddis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Maynard Ferguson.

I don't care to itemize an opinion on every track as many reviewers do, I personally love the hidden gems and deep tracks albums hold, and older treasures like this are worth the pass from start to finish.
Flight to Freedom 4 May 2008
By John Scharf - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Arturo Sandoval fantastic Latin jazz that is upbeat and romantic. For the trumpet lover.
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