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1000 Rainbows

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This trumpeter has been turning up on loads of sessions lately and it s more than time he gets to step out again. A real hitter for over 20 years, Rotondi knows jazz and shows he knows how to deliver. On the money and blowing up a storm, this post bop romp is full of fun and high spots showing it s load of true brass throughout. A winner that s in the pocket and shouldn t be missed. --Chris Spector, Midwest Record

On his third release as a leader for Posi-Tone Records, acclaimed trumpeter Jim Rotondi leads a stellar quintet of New York heavy-hitters on a straight-ahead presentation of original compositions and standard fare. Featuring the unremitting vibraphone work of Joe Locke, 1000 Rainbows swings hard through up-tempo burners, ballads and laid-back funk grooves. Rotondi and Locke are as like-minded as they come, unraveling shapely bebop- style lines full of vigor and surprise. The two, plus pianist Danny Grissett, serve up head-turning solos on Locke's "Crescent Street," a syncopated reworking of Jerome Kern's "Yesterdays." Rotondi's up-tempo "Bizzaro World," driven by drummer Bill Stewart, is a showcase for the trumpeter's rounded tone and fiery technique. The disc's two ballads, "Born to Be Blue" and "Not Like This," affirm Rotondi as a mature voice, informed by his agility and attuned to lyricism, while playfulness is revealed in his clever take on The Beatles' "We Can Work it Out" and the funky title track. A veteran of numerous big bands and a founding member of the celebrated sextet One For all, Rotondi has experience on his side. The Montana native has put in the time to develop a distinct voice, illuminated by tradition. 1000 Rainbows is a thorough representation of this exciting and consistent trumpeter. --John Barron, All About Jazz

It must have been quite a journey for a life that started out in the wide open ranges of Montana and ended up in the hustle and bustle of the New York jazz scene, but trumpet player Jim Rotondi got there with an assist from the late, great trumpet player Clifford Brown. Playing at first the piano at age eight and then the trumpet at age twelve, when Rotondi got his first taste of the sweet sounds of Clifford a couple of years later, his life's calling was cast. Having attended the highly regarded music program at the University of North Texas, Rotondi went on to win competitions and play in the bands of Ray Charles, Bob Mintzer, Lionel Hampton, Lou Donaldson, Charles Earland, Joe Chambers and Curtis Fuller. Nowadays, Rotondi leads his own group. Actually, two groups: an acoustic quintet featuring vibes player Joe Locke and an electric group. Rotondi also help to create the supergroup sextet One For All, where he shares a front line with Steve Davis and Eric Alexander. Rotondi has been recording as a leader starting in 1997 and has released around a dozen albums. Next week comes his third for Posi-Tone Records, 1000 Rainbows. Rotondi goes with the quintet getup for this date, with Locke on vibes, Danny Grissett on piano, Barak Mori on bass and one of John Scofield's favorite drummers, Bill Stewart, manning the kit. The mission for this record is not complicated: they are playing undiluted mainstream jazz in a tasteful, virtuosic fashion, using both Rotondi originals and some standards from a wide cross section of sources. "Bizarro World" gets the proceedings off to a brisk start, where Rotondi's polished and distinctive trumpet playing style is evident in both the theme and solo breaks. The 1965 Beatles hit "We Can Work It Out" is completely overhauled into a nice, mid-tempo groover, so much so that it's not recognizable. Stewart's drum work is exemplary throughout, and his shuffling, subtle multi-rhythms on this song exemplify why. The Buddy Montgomery tune "1000 Rainbows" is worth listening to for Rotondi's warm, inviting tone alone. On the quicker "Crescent Street," Rotondi shows of some fleckless chops without pouring on too much flash, and for the evergreen Mel Tormé ballad "Born To Be Blue," he plays with a cool sensibility that dances around the lyric lines in a fanciful way. In "Gravitude," Rotondi engages in some lively call-and response with Locke, one of the rare instances I've heard one between a trumpeter and and vibraphonist. For "49th Street," Rotondi, Grissett and Locke play the long, snaky bop line in unison, a startling display of unity. For the duo performance of "Not Like This," Locke's impressionistic vibes pulses are used as a backdrop for Rotondi's inviting intonations. With the introduction of 1000 Rainbows next Tuesday, Jim Rotondi gives us another reason to follow the career of this accomplished performer, composer and educator. This is a solid effort worthy of several spins. --SomethingElseReviews.com

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  • Audio CD (August 3, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Posi-Tone Records
  • ASIN: B003RQ9AKA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,671 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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