Jim Rotondi (with David Hazeltine, Joe Locke, David Wong & Carl Allen) – Dark Blue (2016)
FLAC (tracks) | Tracks: 10 | Playtime: 00:64:10 | Size: 453.2 MB
Genre: Hard-Bop, Post-Bop, Straight-Ahead Jazz | Label: Smoke Sessions Records | Cat#: 1602
For 20+ years, Jim Rotondi was one of the trumpet heroes of the New York City jazz scene and a musician whose fiery playing and daring solos firmly established him as a torchbearer of the Lee Morgan-Freddie Hubbard-Woody Shaw trumpet tradition. Like so many jazz greats before him, he’s based in Europe now, but he’s still blowing with the same intensity, if not more.
His new recording, Dark Blue, uses the importance of place as a central theme and features music inspired by pivotal locations in his career from Europe to New York and beyond. While the title itself doesn’t reference any particular place, it’s a vivid description of this breathtaking music and this spectacular quintet that brings together hard-bop stalwarts.
A great little album from trumpeter Jim Rotondi – a set that delivers on all the promise we’ve always heard in his music – and also brings forward a bit more too! The album has Jim blowing in a quintet with some excellent vibes from Joe Locke – a player who really helps give the record a strong sense of color, which Rotondi seems to match in his very well-blown solos – which then seem to push Joe into some bolder chromatic moments of his own! Pianist David Hazeltine is also on board – a frequent partner of Rotondi, and also playing a bit of Fender Rhodes here too – which works wonderfully alongside the vibes! The rest of the group features nicely tight rhythm lines from David Wong on bass and Carl Allen on drums.
01. In Graz
03. Biru Kirusai
04. Dark Blue
06. Pure Imagination
07. Monk’s Mood
08. Le Crest
09. Our Day Will Come
10. Going To The Sun
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