Jim Rotondi: Excursions
Rotondi’s comrades for the date are (with the exception of master drummer Kenny Washington) all members of One For All, a cooperative ensemble which has been mining a similar vein for the better part of a decade. Without exception, trombonist Steve Davis, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, bassist Peter Washington, and Hazeltine, bring to the music their individualist takes on the vocabulary of established jazz practices.
As for Rotondi’s playing, his full, bright sound on trumpet and flugelhorn and ability to articulate his ideas in a steady, even flow, regardless of the mood or tempo, makes listening to every solo a genuine pleasure. In Kenny Washington, he’s found an ideal musical partner, whose shifting rhythms within the context of bedrock time, capacity to change with or influence the direction of a soloist, and keen sense of dynamics, is one of the record’s strengths. Another memorable aspect of the disc is Hazeltine’s comping behind all of the soloists. He consistently feeds them a devilishly clever combination of chords and single note patterns, all of which enhance their efforts. On cuts such as “Little B’s Poem” and “Excursions,” Davis and Alexander in particular seem to be challenged and stimulated by Hazeltine’s harmonic sallies.
Track List:Shortcake; Little B’s Poem; Excursions; What Is There To Say; Angel Eyes; Little Karin; Jim’s Waltz; Fried Pies.
Personnel: Jim Rotondi
Record Label: Criss Cross