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To a Finland Station
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
In 1982, Dizzy Gillespie found himself performing in Helsinki at the same time as his gifted protégé Arturo Sandoval, so he booked a studio and a solid Finnish rhythm section for this spirited jam session on five of his tu... more »
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In 1982, Dizzy Gillespie found himself performing in Helsinki at the same time as his gifted protégé Arturo Sandoval, so he booked a studio and a solid Finnish rhythm section for this spirited jam session on five of his tunes. It's a memorable encounter between a musical giant and one of his most talented followers. And it's much more a meeting of like minds than a cutting contest. The master and the pupil pick up on one another's every nuance, leading to some fiery chases and some subtle conversations amid the inspired solos. "Wheatleigh Hall" is a fast bop tune, while "Dizzy the Duck" is a funky blues groove that gives pianist Esku Linnavalli a chance to show some surprising roots. In between, there are plenty of strong Latin rhythms to act as further stimulus to exalted trumpet playing. --Stuart Broomer
Dizzy & Arturo
Joseph J. Pasko | Albany, NY United States | 11/01/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"By the time Dizzy recorded this album, his trumpet chops clearly weren't what they once were, not that he sounds bad here - 'cause he doesn't. Sandoval, on the other hand, is such a Gillespie disciple that this album is like listening to the elder-statesman Dizzy of the 80's playing with the young-buck Dizzy of the original be-bop era. Amazing chemistry - when they play in unison (track 3 for instance), it reminds me of a Herb Alpert record (Aplert's trademark sound, of course, was created by double-tracking his own horn). Another surprise: although not credited for it on the sleeve, Dizzy also blows some funky jew's harp on three or four cuts. (I remember Dizzy's cameo on the Cosby Show, in the 80's. He portrayed the school music teacher of one of the Huxtable daughters, and in that episode treated us viewers to an excellent jew's harp solo. Up until that time, I never new that Diz was an avid jews-harpist!)"
Alan Altman | Miami, Florida | 05/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Senor Sandoval has had his heart broken by the number of albums, recorded by the "original" Irakere, which were still left in Havana after his Aug 1990 escape (they are surfacing on CD now at HMV.co.jp). They are masterpieces, especially Chekere Son, recorded in Tokyo.
This album with Diz, was an additional, superhuman effort which had been lost. It's surfacing now on CD is a blessing.
BTW, Sandoval told me personally, during a trumpet lesson, that he and Diz did not hire any studio musicians for this disc....ALL OF THE INSTRUMENTS ARE EITHER DIZ OR ARTURO...BEING OVERDUBBED...IT'S ALL JUST THE 2 OF THEM !!!!!
Dr. Alan S. Altman
Andrei Woinaroski | Bucharest, Romania | 06/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a very special session. Made only in one day, without any previous preparation, Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval and a very good Finish rhythm section show what jazz is all about: imagination, improvisation, high class technique, seamless musicality and, above all, joy of blowing the trumpet, joy of making music. One of the best jazz albums ever."