Personnel includes: Oscar DeLeon (vocals); Ramon Stagnaro (guitar); Dan Higgins (alto saxophone); Larry Williams (tenor saxophone); Arturo Sandoval, Gary Grant, Bob Karon, Jerry Hay, Charlie Davis (trumpet); Charles Loper, William Riechenbach (tenor trombone); John Stephens (piano); Carlos Del Puerto (bass); Ernesto Simpson (drums); Andy Garcia (congas, chekere, cowbell, background vocals); Luis Conte (congas); Cheito Quinones, Lazaro Galarraga (background vocals).
Producers: Jellybean Benitez, Andy Garcia, Arturo Sandoval.
Recorded at Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, California and Turi's Music Studios, Miami, Florida. Includes liner notes by Andy Garcia and Arturo Sandoval.
Personnel: Ram¢n Stagnaro (guitar); Ed Calle (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Dan Higgins (alto saxophone); Jerry Hay, Gary Grant, Arturo Sandoval (trumpet); Charles Loper (tenor trombone); Luis Conte (congas); Andy Garc¡a (bongos, percussion).
Arrangers: Ed Calle; Armando Romeu.
The soundtrack to For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story, the HBO original biopic starring Andy Garcia, presents a cross-section of the modern-day trumpet legend's career. Several historically crucial recordings from prior to Sandoval's 1990 defection are included -- spots with Irakere and Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra, the latter of which united Sandoval with a primary influence. While not the best overall introduction to Sandoval's music, For Love or Country is a highly listenable sampler and will doubtlessly whet the listener's appetite for more. ~ Steve Huey