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.
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.
Title: 1000 Rainbows
| Year Released: 2010
| Record Label: Posi-Tone Records