This record was tracked in Los Angeles in 1989, not long before Arturo Sandoval defected to the U.S.

This record was tracked in Los Angeles in 1989, not long before Arturo Sandoval defected to the U.S. An agile, aggressive jazz trumpeter, Sandoval was coming into his own when he cut this album with his Cuban band. Guitarist Jorge Luis Chicoy unpacks several impressive solos, working a raw, rock-influenced sound on the title track, then showing a completely different feel on the swing jazz "Pete King's Heart." Sandoval's turn on the timbales sets the table for guest conguero Pancho Sanchez's terrific solo on "Rimsky." It's Sandoval's horn, though, that has this album in overdrive; the breadth of his jazz sensibility is something. Compare the dizzying wail he evokes on the busy Calypso-infused "Libertad Carnaval," his remarkable range on the funkified groove of "Mi Lugar," and the rounded, warm tones he shapes on "Pete King's Heart." L.A. Meetings is an exciting look back at a star in the making.—PVV