Monday, August 8

Arturo Sandoval drives the Vitoria Jazz Festival crazy with his Cuban rhythms and his bebop

Arturo Sandoval drove the Vitoria Jazz Festival crazy with his Cuban rhythms and bebop style on the fourth day of the forty-fifth edition of a contest starring energetic sounds and Xavi Torres’s Latinos, accompanied by Miguel Zenón. The great trumpeter, disciple of the legendary Dizzy Gillespie, showed why he is one of the best after more than half a century of career, according to Efe. Sandoval demonstrated his skills as a great communicator and his closeness, in addition to jokes and anecdotes included, which encouraged the audience, who danced, cheered and applauded at all times.

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One of the magical moments of the performance was experienced when the Latin artist valued the bebop created in the 40s. The public stood up with several of his songs, which left a permanent smile on his face. From his mastery with the trumpet he guided the six musicians who accompanied him on stage to put together a round performance with different rhythms of great quality. In addition, Arturo Sandoval strolled through the stalls to delight the parish with the song ‘Smile’ from his album ‘A Time for Love’, and continued with the good vibes generated to round off the night with ‘El Maniseo’ from his ‘Live at Yoshi’s’ album, which raised the spectators from their seats. Sandoval continued the show on piano, along with percussion from Daniel Feldman and guitar from William Brahm, his favorite instrument after the trumpet. The Cuban legend concluded with the public turning to his music and the good atmosphere of fun and happiness generated throughout the performance with his creation ‘Timba de la Buena’.

Previously, Xavi Torres, from Tarragona, with his trio, joined by Miguel Zenón, filled the coliseum from the start of his performance. He highlighted the virtuosity that Xavi Torres demonstrated with his piano and the quality of the four artists who accompanied him, such as Toni Felices on double bass and Andreu Pitarch on drums, who blended their instruments in a formidable way on the Vitorian stage. Miguel Zenón made it clear why he is one of the most innovative and influential saxophonists of his generation. The Puerto Rican made the audience vibrate and applaud, thanks to his energy and his powerful register with his own personality, mixing contemporary jazz with his Puerto Rican roots.

Xavi Torres dared to use Basque to thank all those attending the concert for their presence, in addition to telling the inside story of how Miguel Zenón joined this very special trio. From the first moment the audience was surprised with fresh harmonies and great interaction between the musicians to exude passion and dynamism in equal parts. In the early hours of the afternoon, the Teatro Principal had on its stage the fantastic American saxophonist and one of the most important on the current jazz scene, James Brandon Lewis, who offered a concert to frame with a traditional style and moments for a majestic improvisation on the boards.

On Saturday, the pianist Robert Glasper will star, mixing various styles such as hip-hop, funk and un-soul, to create his own style with a new contemporary jazz. Before that, London rhythms with Jamaican roots will invade the Mendizorroza sports center with Theon Cross and his tuba, which he will dance on stage. In the afternoon, at the Theater you can enjoy Kasse Overall, which will cause a special trip to the attendees with a meeting between avant-garde jazz, hip-hop and electronic music.

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