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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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  • Audio CD (May 8, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Jazz
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,362 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Be Bop
2. Salt Peanuts! (Mani Salado)
3. And Then She Stopped
4. Birks Works (ala Mancini)
5. Things To Come
6. Fiesta Mojo
7. Con Alma (With Soul)
8. Tin Tin Deo
9. Algo Bueno (Woody and Me)
10. A Night in Tunisia(actually an entire weekend!)
11. Every Day I Think Of You

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Arturo Sandoval releases his second album on Concord Jazz, Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You). The album is Sandoval's tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, the mentor and friend who literally rescued him and his family from an oppressive existence and gave them a chance at an entirely new and better life. The album is a collection of classics from Gillespie's massive body of work, each framed in big-band arrangements that throw the spotlight squarely on the elements of bebop that underscore so much of the iconic trumpeter's work and set the tone for the music of his era. Backing Sandoval on the project is a crew of top-shelf jazz artists: vibraphonist Gary Burton, Yellowjacket's leader saxophonist Bob Mintzer, organist Joey DeFrancesco, clarinetist Eddie Daniels, saxophonist Ed Calle, drummer/producer Gregg Field and several others. Also along for the ride are a couple of unlikely but well-placed surprises - actors Andy Garcia on percussion and vocalist Manolo Gimenez. The resulting set is, as Field puts it, is Sandoval's "love letter to an old friend."

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I highly recommend this CD to any jazz lover.
Sparky Koerner
Arturo Sandoval, together with a fine collection of jazz and chamber musicians, bring us a potpourri of unique and beautiful arrangements.
I can categorically say that this album is one of my smartest and best buys to-date.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Giovanni C. Washington-Wright on May 8, 2012
Format: Audio CD
"Dear Diz" is a flat-out beautiful album, top to bottom. The album begins with Gordon Goodwin's brilliant arrangement of Diz's "Bebop". The tune starts out in a two-step feel, but soon gets really cookin'. Arturo and Shelly Berg take great turns, but the real star on this track is altoist Zane Musa. He absolutely burns it to the ground with a solo that's steeped in the hard bop tradition.

Next, is the another Dizzy classic, "Salt Peanuts!". Arranger Gordon Goodwin turns in another incredible chart which manages to avoid a lot of the cliches that we've heard in other arrangements. The chart weaves in and out of Latin and swing with wreckless, whimsical abandon - the very same genius that we've heard on Gordon's own Big Phat Band albums. Great solos by Bob Mintzer (tenor) and Gary Burton (vibes) on that track.

On the next tune, Chris Walden's chart on "And Then She Stopped", Joey DeFrancesco has a nice turn. Arturo is joined on the melody by Gary Grant on two harmon-muted trumpets. It's been about 20 years since I've heard Joey D. Nice to have him back in my sphere of consciousness.

"Birks Works" is done in a Henry Mancini vibe - chart courtesy of Shelly Berg. The melody is stated with Arturo in harmon, Dan Higgins on alto flute, the GREAT Plas Johnson on tenor, and Joey D. on organ. This gives it a hipster, cigarettes-and-martinis vibe - with Plas and Joey sounding great on the blowin'.

Now, arguably the star tune of the whole album, Gordon Goodwin's take-no-prisoners arrangement of "Things To Come". This chart will easily be in the running for arranging honors at next year's Grammy Awards. The "Bobs" (Sheppard and Mintzer) engage in a great tenor battle, but it's friendly fire. The REAL bullets start flying when Arturo and Joey D. go at it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Mark Caro on May 14, 2012
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When Arturo puts something together you can always count on something exceptional. The idea of using the staff of arrangers used on this piece of work is very interesting. A little reminiscent of when Thad Jones did his tribute to Louis Armstrong "Suite For Pops", Arturo has put together a suitable tribute. This album drives hard, is very listenable and sophisticated. The orchestrations are simply superb! The musicianship is off the hook. These charts will live on as Diz and Arturo forever. Bato, Thanks again for another great piece of work. Much love.

Dr. Mark Caro - Napa Valley, CA
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 20, 2012
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I came to jazz around 1960 when Miles "ruled" and Dizzy was a largely "historic" figure known for his '40s shades, goatee and beret and later for his blimp-like cheeks and that crazy bent trumpet. He was no longer playing with quite the same power and endurance as I would discover were his strengths in the '40s and '50s. But by the '70s I discovered the sheer joy, exhuberance, and playfulness of this singular "player" who knew that a good jazz solo should above all be a "game," an exhilarating experience with fun to spread around. Miles was the Prince of Darkness, the "Hamlet" of jazz; Diz was the good-will ambassador and the "wise fool" that we find in plays like "Hamlet." After an immersion in the music of the ebullient Mr. Gillespie, it becomes all too understandable why a devoted fan and protege like Sandoval would "think about him everyday," invoke him as a guardian angel, compose and sing a love song to Diz (one highlight of many on this remarkable album).

In some respects this latter-day session by the one trumpeter most frequently compared with Wynton Marsalis is a far cry from earlier tributes--to Clifford Brown, Maynard Ferguson, and occasionally to Diz. The earlier recordings were as much exhibitions of Sandoval's prodigious artistry as testimony to the predecessor's. This is a more mature, thoughtful, sincere and moving session by a student to a beloved teacher he thinks about (if not prays to) every day. (And I take him at his word when he sings as much in the song "Every Day I Think of You," the only Sandoval original on the session.)

Sandoval no longer has anything to prove: he's done that--and many times over.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Band Man on June 3, 2012
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Arturo's playing is somehow better than ever. Very artistic solos and amazingly stratospheric too! Arturo used a collection of top notch arrangers including the great Gordon Goodwin. The Band is a collection of who's who from the West Coast, all those top players like Wayne Bergeron who never make mistakes while playing with great energy. I think this might be my new favorite Arturo CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miguel Iglesias on November 24, 2012
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Great big band work hands down but somehow I feel they made the wrong turn on the style. I understand that Dizzy was a big band master but as great as he was on that chapter he was even greater as a composer and interpreter.

I was expecting a real bebop delivery a la Dizzy-Yardbird (Charlie Parker) style. I miss the acoustic band with Charlie Parker's saxophone and the double bass + percussion. I rather that combination to remember Dizzy but don't get me wrong, this is an incredible piece of work.

So far, in my book, the best CD of Arturo is "I remember Clifford" from 1992.

Peace and love...
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