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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.

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  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: October 24, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004Z454
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mantecta
2. The Man I Love
3. Iya
4. Canta Trompeta Querida
5. Marianela
6. A Night In Tunisia
7. Blues For Diz
8. Quimbombo
9. Waheera
10. Take The 'A' Train
11. Drume Negrita
12. Guantanamera

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But perhaps the most tangible symbol of his unique status - and continuing run of good fortune - is the release of the Joseph Sargent-directed HBO feature film For Love Or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story. The few films that have been produced about musicians - Bird, the story of bebop saxophonist Charlie Parker, and The Glenn Miller Story are two examples - usually came to life long after the death of their subjects. In Sandoval's case, as his hectic touring schedule and mounting list of accomplishments reflect, the propitious event comes at the peak of his career.

As might be expected in a film set in the late 20th century whose protagonist is a Cuban, there's more to For Love Or Country than music. The story line is built around the harrowing drama of Sandoval's day-to-day life in Cuba, where every attempt was made by the government to ensure that the country's most high-profile contemporary musician would not be allowed even the slightest chance to escape from what Fidel Castro's detractors still call a "tropical Gulag." After an Irakere colleague, saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera, managed to defect in 1979 while on a concert tour overseas, Cuban officials became even more obsessed with preventing Sandoval's flight to freedom.

The film celebrates Sandoval's musicianship and explores his close association with Dizzy Gillespie (portrayed by Charles S. Dutton). But it's the trying artistic and personal circumstances of the trumpeter's life in Cuba and years of plotting how to defect with his wife in tow that provide the compelling reasons for the film's existence. The production is also a tale of romance with a wholly Cuban twist: While Sandoval is staunchly opposed to the Castro regime, his wife, Marianela, is a loyal government employee, dedicated to the island country's Communist system.

For Love Or Country couldn't come at a better time for Miami's Cuban-American community. The virulently anti-Castro Cuban expatriates took a beating in the court of public opinion during the unfolding story of Elián González. When the Cuban lad was snatched in a raid by U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service officers from the home of his Little Havana relatives and handed over to his father for eventual return to Cuba, much of Miami's Cuban-American population seemed to many people as strident, unreasonable, and living in the Cold War past.

Nonetheless, For Love Or Country seems a tailor-made piece of propaganda for those in Miami and elsewhere who continue to long for Castro's demise, although it was well in development long before young Elián showed up in U.S. waters off the Florida coast. And it brings together some of the strongest and loudest anti-Castro voices in the United States today - actor Andy Garcia, who produced the film and stars in the title role, and singer Gloria Estefan, who is featured in a supporting role.

But Sandoval deflects questions about Elián and the political dimensions of the film as adroitly as he knocks off a double high C on the trumpet. "To tell you the truth," he says in resonant, measured tones, pausing for effect, "I prefer to talk about music."

Toward that end, his passions are easily stirred. For instance, he hates hearing music terms thrown around indiscriminately. "Don't call it 'salsa' - it's Cuban music," he advises adamantly. He explains that "salsa" is nothing more than a generic, commercial term invented by promoters in New York City in the 1970s to describe Afro-Cuban tropical dance music. "We don't give any credit to that name [salsa]. It's either mambo, or cha-cha, or danzón, or guaracha, or ..."

--- Mark Holston, JAZZIZ Magazine Copyright © 2000, Milor Entertainment, Inc. -- From Jazziz

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I can't believe the average rating for this cd is only 2.5.
Sandoval is a master arranger and has put together a fantastic album. His combination of latin jazz with afro-cuban percussion is amazing, to say the least. I have listened to this cd more than any other that I own, and I own a lot.
I haven't even mentioned Sandovals' mastery of the trumpet. He plays more notes per bar than can be transcribed on paper, hitting each cleanly and precisely. And he hits notes that only dogs can hear, always in perfect pitch.
Sandoval is a genius and I cannot get enough of him. I'm praying that he has a long and prolific career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. D. on January 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my all time favorites, and one of Arturo's best ever. I've been playing trumpet for over 9 years, and For Love or Country is an awesome CD [and DVD] with techniques and notes far beyond most musician's capabilities.
Manteca is an awesome version of Gillespie and Pozo's be-bop masterpiece. Track 2 (The Man I Love) was arranged by the Cuban Orchestra's director specifically FOR Arturo when he was in Cuba. He then plotted this AWESOME song on this soundtrack. "Marianela" is a beautiful tune which he WROTE for his wife, Marianela, and is what he calls the best song he's ever written. Every song has great significance, which can only be topped by the musical brilliance of the CD.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mylene Munoz on February 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
WHEN I SAW THE MOVIE I KNEW I HAD TO PURCHASE THE CD, BUT FOR MY SURPISE I ALSO FOUND THAT THEY ALSO HAD *FOR LOVE OR COUNTRY: THE ARTURO SANDOVAL STORY (MOTION PICTURE SCORE)*. I GOT THEM BOTH. FOR THE SONGS I DIDNT GET TO HEAR, IN THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK I HAD THEM ON THE MOTION PICTURE SCORE CD. I TELL YA IS GREAT CD, BOTH OF THEM. I WAS AMAZE OF HOW GREAT MR ARTURO SANDOVAL IS. TWO TUMBS UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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By Murrell on April 11, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great movie, Great cast and GREAT sounds
Stunning sound track that fills a great story dealing with life, love and politics.

Andy Garcia & hottie Mía Maestro fill the screen with emotions that fly off the screen.
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By Beachwalker5 on July 8, 2014
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Love this music and soundtrack. If you have not seen the movie, I also recommend it.
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By Lin, Chao-yi on December 28, 2014
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A great compilation. Something never heard in Arturo's albums.
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