L. D. | Golden, CO USA | 02/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I saw this CD, I thought to myself "I've never heard of this, and it's not on Arturo's site either." I was reluctant to buy it -- but OMG, I am so glad I did. It is WOW.
A few songs (A night in Tunisia and Tunisias Blues) sound like the same arrangements from "Jazz Legends - Arturo Sandoval - Live at the Brewhouse Theatre, England 1992" DVD.
The CD definately has that Funky feel to it --
Tumbaito is definately a keeper!"
A pretty solid disc from early on in a legend's career.
Danny Ruiz | South Florida | 03/15/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've had this CD for roughly 7 years (I honestly forget where I found it), and it's a real hidden gem - nice to see it's been re-released. He has a great band backing him, especially with Hilario Duran on keyboards. The solo at the end of "A Night In Tunisia" makes a nice segue into "Tunisian Blues", which itself boasts some ridiculous solo work from the master. The uptempo and frenetic "Nuestro Blues" is not bluesy at all despite the name - it's more like "Cherokee" on speed (listen for Arturo at the end buzzing his lips to let off some pent-up steam). "Los Elefantes" starts off throwing a Miami Vice vibe before moving onto a more baroque feel, which then gives way to a more funk-inspired sound - it's the only track which I would say sounds "dated". "Relax" is a softer, more gentle track which oddly enough doesn't have a single trumpet line, likely Arturo playing piano (you DID know he's an accomplished pianist, right?) which makes a good contrast with the previous tracks. "Tumbaito" closes on a solid groove with a good deal of muted trumpet work, but finishes abruptly and is not all that satisfying as a closing track. Overall, a great disc though - a portent of things to come from the Cuban trumpet master and a solid addition to any true Arturo fan's collection."