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A fine hard bop trumpeter, Jim Rotondi has worked with Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton (for six years), Charles Earland, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and One for All. He has also recorded several albums as a leader and many as a sideman. A hard bop stylist who is a logical part of the Lee Morgan-Freddie Hubbard-Woody Shaw tradition without copying any of them, Rotondi is quite fluent in advanced straight-ahead jazz. On Four of a Kind, he performs five originals (including three of his own) and is particularly strong on the four standards including a warm ballad rendition of "It's Easy to Remember" and "Manteca." Pianist David Hazeltine also has consistently rewarding spots on both piano and electric piano, while percussionist Jason Hann expands the group to a quintet on two numbers. While not groundbreaking, Four of a Kind is an excellent example of modern mainstream jazz of 2007 and is one of Jim Rotondi's better recordings.


Born: 28 August 1962 in Butte, MT

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Trumpeter Jim Rotondi is a solid post-bop musician with a warm tone and an improvisational approach deeply steeped in the tradition of great jazz trumpeters. While the Butte, Montana native began piano lessons with his mother at age eight, it was the trumpet that became his main instrument from age 12 on. After graduating high school in 1980, Rotondi enrolled in the highly regarded jazz studies program at North Texas State University. In 1984, he earned first place in the International Trumpet Guild's...
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Four of a Kind, Jim Rotondi
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  • 8,91 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 29 January 2008

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