Considering the career that Arturo Sandoval has had, which has included winning several Grammy Awards, performing at the Super Bowl, having his music featured in movies and television, and receiving a Presidential Medal of Freedom, you might think that he has run out of places to explore, new projects to create, or new people to perform for.
This is far from the case.
After he and his band opened the live studio session with a peppy version of Clifford Brown’s Joy Spring, Sandoval talked about his upcoming duets album he is working on. The album, which took him to several countries around the world to record, will feature collaborations with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Josh Grobin, Alejandro Sanz, Prince Royes, Marc Anthony, Juan Luis Guerra, Frida, Placido Domingo, and the late Al Jarreau.
Sandoval then performed a beautiful version of the ballad Here’s That Rainy Day, Sandoval talked about his recent tour to one of the few places he hadn’t played in yet: China. “To be honest, I was surprised,” said Sandoval. ” They received us very well. The reception was good. People were very enthusiastic.”
Sandoval closed out the session with a high energy song inspired by the beat of the West Indies titled Soca Beat.