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Claudio Roditi: Claudio, Rio & Friends

An idol to many jazzmen currently playing in his native Rio de Janeiro, bop trumpeter Roditi apparently had no difficulty in lining up an enthused and talented crew to participate in this session of heated Brazilian jazz. For his core group, Roditi chose the 11-year-old Cama de Gato, a burning, bop-inspired quartet comprising alto-man/flutist Mauro Seise, keyboardist Jota Moraes, bassist Arthur Maia, and drummer Pascoal Meirelles. Seven of the ten selections allow us to also hear such other formidable local musicians as trumpeter/fluegelhornist Guilherme Dias Gomes, tenorman Nivaldo Ornellas, guitarists Guinga, Rodrigo Campello, and Lula Gavao, and, singing the Portuguese lyrics on “Samba De Um Bregue,” Leila Pinheiro.

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