Jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval's piano debut—a mix of a broad range of standards (from "Esta Tarde Vi Llover" to "Stella by Starlight")—arrives after years of writing on the instrument a

Jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval's piano debut—a mix of a broad range of standards (from "Esta Tarde Vi Llover" to "Stella by Starlight")—arrives after years of writing on the instrument and of playing it at numerous live shows. Most noteworthy in this first outing is the reciprocity with bassist Dennis Marks and drummer Ernesto Simpson and Sandoval's impressive piano chops, all the more remarkable given he started playing late in life. This technique serves Sandoval well, particularly on upbeat tracks like "Blues in Fa" and the dazzling "Departure." And the Latin-sounding "Sureña" is a gorgeous romp in full swing. On slower numbers, however, Sandoval and company seem stymied, rarely departing from a rather formulaic improvisation pattern that tries to impress more than explore. Exceptions are the unassuming (and more pop-sounding) "Marianela Says Goodbye" and a startling rendition of "Windmills of Your Mind."—LC

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