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Jim Rotondi: 1000 Rainbows (2010)

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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
Joe Locke
Joe Locke
b.1959
vibraphone
, 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
Bill Stewart
Bill Stewart
b.1966
drums
, 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
The Beatles
The Beatles

band/orchestra
' "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.

Track Listing: Bizzaro World; We Can Work it Out; One For Felix; 1000 Rainbows; Crescent Street; Born To Be Blue; Gravitude; 49th Street; Not Like This.

Personnel: Jim Rotondi: trumpet; Joe Locke: vibraphone; Danny Grissett: piano; Barak Mori: bass; Bill Stewart: drums.

Record Label: Posi-Tone Records


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