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Jim Rotondi: Dark Blue

Read "Dark Blue" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Back in 1997 when Introducing Jim Rotondi announced that a major new trumpeter star was on the ascent, few could have predicted how important and prolific Rotondi would become to the mainstream landscape. A foremost stylist in the lineage of Freddie Hubbard and Wood Shaw, Rotondi quickly proved he had absorbed the legacy, only to jettison imitation in favor of innovation. Working regularly with his own groups and the hard bop ensemble One For All, Rotondi was a major force ...

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Jim Rotondi: 1000 Rainbows

Read "1000 Rainbows" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

1000 Rainbows swings beautifully, drawing together a few original tunes from trumpeter Jim Rotondi and some out-of-the-ordinary classics that are delivered in real style by a classy quintet. The New York-based Rotondi has been in the jazz scene for more than 20 years and has an extensive back catalog of recordings as a leader. This is his third Posi-tone release as leader, following Four Of A Kind (2008) and Blues For Brother Ray (2009). The musicians on ...

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Jim Rotondi: 1000 Rainbows

Read "1000 Rainbows" reviewed by John Barron

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, ...

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Jim Rotondi: 1000 Rainbows

Read "1000 Rainbows" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trumpeter Jim Rotondi's steady stream of solo albums and work with the collective supergroup One For All--along with his role as a jazz educator and Selmer clinician--have put him at the epicenter of the jazz world. For this, his third album on Posi-Tone Records, Rotondi rounded up some fellow Big Apple-based heavy hitters to join him, including vibraphonist Joe Locke and drummer Bill Stewart. Rotondi tackles everything from The Beatles to Buddy Montgomery on 1000 Rainbows and, ...

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Jim Rotondi at The Turning Point Cafe

Read "Jim Rotondi at The Turning Point Cafe" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Jim Rotondi The Turning Point Café Piermont, NY April 11, 2010

When the words “Bye, Bye" sounded from outside The Turning Point Cafe in the middle of Jim Rotondi's “Angel Eyes" cadenza, he didn't hesitate to imitate the singsong tone of the woman's voice. A journeyman whose credits include the Ray Charles Band, the collective One For All, as well as several discs as a leader on the Posi-Tone, Criss Cross and Sharp Nine ...

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Jim Rotondi with Joe Locke at Jazz Cafe, Detroit

Read "Jim Rotondi with Joe Locke at Jazz Cafe, Detroit" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Jim Rotondi Quintet featuring Joe Locke Jazz Cafe at Music Hall Detroit, Michigan December 22, 2007

It's not an easy proposition. Locating good live jazz has become a major challenge in even the major cities outside of New York. Oh sure, you can find local musicians honing their craft at the neighborhood bar or catch major artists at corporate-sponsored events staged in a concert hall setting, bringing with them all the inherent pomposity ...

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Jim Rotondi: Iron Man

Read "Iron Man" reviewed by Elliott Simon

The harsh sterility that can sometimes characterize post bop horn-based quintets is noticeably lacking on Iron Man. Jim Rotondi's trumpet and flugelhorn are deliciously warm, and saxman Jimmy Greene's tenor fits right into the overall mood. A member of the hard bop ensemble One for All, Rotondi eschews the piano here in favor of seasoned vibraphonist Steve Nelson and wisely taps drummer Bill Stewart, along with bassist Doug Weiss, to solidify a stylish sound. The title cut ...


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