These are the words written to me by the incomparable, world-renowned trumpet player Arturo Sandoval (http://www.arturosandoval.com) following my recording session for his upcoming CD “Dizzyland”, a tribute to Arturo’s friend and colleague Dizzy Gillespie.
It all started this past Monday with a call from Gregg Field, who had been the drummer on my Grammy winning NatalieCole sessions. Wearing his other hat as a producer for Concord Records, Gregg had been looking for an opportunity to work with me, and this was it: He needed an arrangement of “Con Alma.” But what pressure! It had to be done in 3 days, and the song, recorded numerous times as an uptempo jazz tune, was to be written as a ballad for a string quartet.
Immediately challenged, I began right away, knowing that my writing had to be fresh and unique, but also indigenous to the string quartet ensemble. By that I mean: every note counts, and each player has to have interesting lines to play. I worked this out the old fashioned way, with pencil and paper.
Finally, with the hard part completed, the fun began. I met Arturo at the session for the first time, and he couldn’t have been warmer or more down-to-earth. Conducting the strings with the Arturo Sandoval playing his trumpet behind me, following my baton, was a thrill I won’t forget. The track came out great, thanks to everyone’s exceptional musicianship, all recorded by esteemed engineer Don Murray. I’m so grateful to have gotten the chance to work on such a prestigious project, andI’m hoping it’s the beginning of many more collaborations with everyone involved. – See more at: http://musicindustryhub.com/nanschwartz/blog/2011/04/#sthash.nqYDLTz3.dpuf