Arturo Sandoval: I Left This Space for You


I Left This Space For You


Arturo Sandoval (flugelhorn, trumpet)


I Remember Clifford (GRP Records GRD-9668)

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Arturo Sandoval (flugelhorn, trumpet), Kenny Kirkland (piano), Charnett Moffett (bass).

Composed by Arturo Sandoval


Recorded: New York, 1992


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

After bucking bureaucrats in Castro's Cuba his entire adult life to play Yankee imperialist jazz, 40-year-old trumpeter Arturo Sandoval in 1990 defected, only to encounter equally obstinate U.S. bureaucrats who blocked his naturalization because he'd belonged to Cuba's Communist Party. (Duh!) Somehow, amidst the turmoil and uncertainty before his American citizenship was finally granted in 1998, Sandoval mustered enough concentration for a dazzling tribute album to fellow trumpeter Clifford Brown, concluding with this heartfelt ballad featuring his open flugelhorn and overdubbed Harmon-muted trumpet. Sidemen Kirkland and Moffett are as unconditionally supportive as the INS ought to have been. Gorgeous.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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