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Brent Black runs down Jim Rotondi “Blues for Brother Ray”…

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www.criticaljazz.com About a year ago I reviewed a tribute to Ray Charles that was a train wreck from the start. The focus of the release was placed squarely on the arrangements with the complete presentation of the tune best described as some sort of sonic after thought. Consider this the flip side. There is a more laid back feel to this release then one would normally expect. Those familiar w ...Read More

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May 31st, 2012 at 9:11 pm

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The 100 Greatest Jazz Albums blog weighs in on “1000 Rainbows” by Trumpeter Jim Rotondi….

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100greatestjazzalbums.blogspot.com Jim Rotondi’s third Posi-Tone release presents the best of the label’s attempt to keep straight ahead mainstream jazz at the forefront. The band – Jim Rotondi (trumpet), Joe Locke (vibraphone), Danny Grissett (piano), Barak Mori (bass), Bill Stewart (drums) – is selected from the finest on the current New York scene and the result is as specia ...Read More

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January 18th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

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Ken Franckling tips his hat to Jim Rotondi’s “1000 Rainbows”…..

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kenfrancklingjazznotes.blogspot.com Jim Rotondi, 1000 Rainbows (Posi-Tone) Trumpeter Jim Rotondi is a stalwart member of the New York-based jazz collective One For All. He’s also a great leader and writer in his own right, as evidenced on this third release as a leader on Posi-Tone. Vibes player Joe Locke is a strong front-line foil for Rotondi in this swinging setting and contributes the burn ...Read More

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September 19th, 2010 at 8:08 am

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Derek Taylor weighs in with his take on Jim Rotondi “1000 Rainbows”….

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by Derek Taylor Contextual questions of excessive repertory fealty are largely moot in the music of Jim Rotondi. A trumpeter who’s canny style blends Hubbard-like velocity and clarity with a persuasive lyricism, his fixation on a stripes of hardbop steeped in 60s Blue Note decorum is hardly worth getting bent about, though there are those who would likely fault him for it just the same. This se ...Read More

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August 25th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

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Bruce Lindsay of All About Jazz provides a thoughtful write-up of Jim Rotondi “1000 Rainbows”….

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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, follow ...Read More

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August 25th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

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A nice review of Jim Rotondi “1000 Rainbows” by Step Tempest blogger Richard Kamins…

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By Rickard Kamins 1000 Rainbows – Jim Rotondi (Posi-tone Records) – Jim Rotondi is a trumpeter out of the Freddie Hubbard/ Woody Shaw school with roots in Clifford Brown (his sweet articulated notes remind this listener of Brownie.) On record, he rarely ventures into unknown territory and that’s just fine because his music never sounds stale. Surrounded by veterans like Joe Lock ...Read More

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August 25th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

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Lucid Culture weighs in favorably on Jim Rotondi “1000 Rainbows”…

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Trumpeter and Ray Charles alum Jim Rotondi’s new album 1000 Rainbows is a brisk, no-nonsense romp through a mix of strong, memorable themes that an inspired cast – Joe Locke on vibraphone, Danny Grissett on piano, Barak Mori on bass and Bill Stewart on drums – lock onto and charge through with gusto. The opening track, Bizarro World moves from a rumble to a scamper and back and then fades ou ...Read More

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August 25th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

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Here’s the Lime Wire Music Blog Review for Jim Rotondi “1000 Rainbows”….

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By Jim Allen When it comes to trumpeters on the NYC straight-ahead jazz scene, Jim Rotondi is strictly top-shelf. He’s been making his musical presence felt since the ‘90s, and while he’s deep into his recording career by this point, 1000 Rainbows nevertheless finds him employing an approach that’s not only tonally spotless but emotionally open, achieving a searching quality even while sh ...Read More

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August 8th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

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