Famed Cuban jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval will release his latest album, and first showcasing his skills as a pianist, March 12 via Crescent Moon/Columbia. The set, appropriately dubbed "My Passion f

Famed Cuban jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval will release his latest album, and first showcasing his skills as a pianist, March 12 via Crescent Moon/Columbia. The set, appropriately dubbed "My Passion for the Piano," finds Sandoval leading a three-piece group though mostly original compositions, but also includes reinterpretations of work from Armando Manzanero and Michel Legrand.

Sandoval, who teaches at Florida International University, has been recognized with four Grammys for his trumpet work, and last year was awarded an Emmy for his score to the HBO docudrama of his life, "For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story." While Sandoval has often played piano in concert, his forthcoming album will be his first dedicated to the instrument. Last winter, Sandoval told Billboard that he hopes to continue exploring the breadth of his 9-foot Bosendorfer grand.

"One day," Sandoval said, "I read a jazz history book where Miles Davis asked Dizzy Gillespie for advice and Dizzy said, 'Lets go work at the piano.' And Miles said, 'I don't play the piano.' And Dizzy said, 'Go learn how to play a little, and then come back, and we'll be able to understand each other.' I read that, and the next day I was obsessed with the piano. It's the best teacher for orchestration, composition and voicing. If you play any instrument, if you can play the piece at the piano, it will give you the resources to understand that piece and allow you to do anything you want with it."

Working with Sandoval on the album is bassist Dennis Marks and drummer Ernesto Simpson. Guesting on the set is saxophonist Ed Calle, who, in addition to previously working as a sideman with Sandoval, has performed with the likes of Jon Secada and Frank Sinatra, and percussionist Samuel Torres. The album marks Sandoval's first for Cresent Moon/Columbia.

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