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Where It's At
Where It's At: Thievery Corporation trip out the Moore Theatre; Arturo Sandoval lights up Jazz Alley
by Lorelei Quenzer - SGN A&E Writer

Thievery Corporation
Tuesday, July 18 - 8:30pm
Moore Theatre - Tix at www.ticketmaster.com or (206) 628-0888 / $25, $35

Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, otherwise known as Thievery Corporation, are known for their abstract, instrumental music and dubbed-out remixes. I know you've heard them on the dance floor; their 1998 international hit "Lebanese Blonde" had so much staying power that it was reincarnated on 2004's amazing Garden State soundtrack.

Imagine playing bossa nova on an Indian tabla: their signature sound lies somewhere between acid jazz and trip-hop, combining Eastern beats and electronic techniques. No, TC isn't your typical chill-out music. Think Antonio Carlos Jobim meets Ravi Shankar re-interpreted by Fugazi; if that makes your head hurt, then you understand why it's so hard for me to organize my CD collection. But give the Corporation a listen on quality headphones and you'll find yourself in a world where a Jobim-Shankar-Fugazi fusion makes the headache of categorizing TC worth every ounce of pain.

Their latest CD, Versions, is a remix album, combining a variety of artists - The Doors, Ben Folds' Fear of Pop, and Bebel Gilberto, all on one album! Wild and cuh-ray-zee! - further smudging the boundaries between musical styles, and still managing to sound exactly like Thievery Corporation. Now if they'll just add a laser light show into the mix, it will be hard to beat this live experience at the club. Or even with a club. - L. Quenzer

Pre-concert CD recommendation: Versions, featuring "Desert" (Emilie Simon), "Lemon Tree" (Herb Alpert) and "Kalghi Stomp" (Transglobal Underground).

Arturo Sandoval
Thursday-Sunday, July 20-23 - 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 pm Thurs-Sat, 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley - Call for reservations: 206- 441-9729 or visit www.jazzalley.com / $26.50

For 42 years Arturo Sandoval has been dazzling audiences all over the world with his mixture of styles and mastery of instruments. From his Cuban roots in the Latin sound, to sensational straight-ahead jazz, to his newer forays in acid and blues, Sandoval will take you on an unforgettable musical journey.

The versatile trumpeter also wows audiences on the piano, percussion and with his uproarious scat vocals. Not only can Sandoval play anything, he's recorded with practically everyone: Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Mathis, Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart and Gloria Estefan. In addition to multiple Grammy and Billboard Awards, Sandoval also received an Emmy for composing the underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, For Love or Country.

Sandoval's most recent CD, Live at the Blue Note, is his first live album in 40 recordings, and the enhanced version features a bonus documentary of the amazing Blue Note performance and interviews. Sandoval is accompanied by Javier Concepcion (piano), Armando Gola (bass), Tomas Cruz (percussion), Ed Calle (saxophone) and Alexis Arce (drums) during his four nights at Jazz Alley. Get to the Alley early if you're planning to eat there: you don't want to be distracted from the music by their tasty food. - L. Quenzer

Pre-concert CD recommendation: Live at the Blue Note (enchanced CD/DVD), featuring "The Real McBop," "Blues for Diz" and "If I Ain't Got You."

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