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Claudio Roditi: Bons Amigos

Ken Franckling reviews the latest from the Brazilian trumpeter

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Claudio Roditi

Claudio Roditi is a solid trumpeter, able to meld into any situation without artifice or flash. These traits have served him well throughout his 40-plus years in jazz, and they serve him well on this latest project, a salute to some of the great music and songwriters of his native Brazil.

Egberto Gismonti’s “O Sonho” is an ideal opener for the project, with its breezy hooks and personal history for the trumpeter: Roditi played on the original recording of the tune in Brazil in the 1960s as a member of Gismonti’s horn section. The pop tune’s producers had no interest in leaving space for jazz solos then; but 45 years later, Roditi gets a chance to fully explore and stretch its beautiful melodic line on this version, performed with a baião rhythm.

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