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Rotondi, Jim / Blues For Brother Ray
Album:Blues For Brother Ray Collection:Jazz
Artist:Rotondi, Jim Added:Jul 2009

A-File Activity
Add Date:2009-08-30 Pull Date:2009-11-01 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Oct 18Oct 4Sep 27Sep 20Sep 13Sep 6

 Recent Airplay
1.Jul 06, 2017:No Cover, No Minimum
What'd I Say
4.Oct 14, 2009:Getting Over the Hump!!!
One Mint Julep
2.Jan 29, 2011:Music Casserole
Brother Ray
5.Oct 13, 2009:Jazz on a Wet Afternoon
Lonely Avenue
3.Oct 16, 2009:No Cover, No Minimum
What'd I Say
6.Oct 02, 2009:No Cover, No Minimum
Lonely Avenue

Album Review
Reviewed 2009-08-30 
JIM ROTONDI: Blues for Brother Ray
Posi-Tone, 2009

SOUL-JAZZ - This tribute to the late great Ray Charles brims with love and drips with soul. Rotondi cut his teeth in Charles’ big band – and while he doesn’t try to imitate that iconic sound here, the spirit of Charles’s music easily merges with his own postbop style. The band breezes through seven prime cuts from Charles’ repertoire and one catchy original (#3). But while the solos are lively and fetching, there’s a forced stiffness in some of the rhythms that undermines their charm. A couple more greasy jams like #7 wouldn’t have hurt.

* * * | Fo’s Picks: 1, 3, 6, 7

1. 6:09 – upbeat boogaloo groove, rolls smoothly with happy solos all around
2. 5:59 – steady glide: very nice trumpet solo, but stiff rhythm kills it for me
3. 5:12 – original tribute tune, catchy w/nice Latinized groove and cool attitude
4. 5:44 – breezy version of a song usually played slow: solos surf the groove
5. 7:00 – straight-up and swinging, tasty trumpet solo in the middle
6. 7:25 – relaxed and bluesy, trumpet carries the tune w/class and eloquence
7. 8:22 – easy-swinging blues, a real nice jam and the solos really feel it
8. 6:06 – straight up boppin’, another fast take on a usually slow number

[ Fo ] 08/30/09

Track Listing
1.What'd I Say 5.One Mint Julep
2.Baby It's Cold Outside 6.Makin' Whoopee
3.Brother Ray 7.Lonely Avenue
4.Cry Me A River 8.Georgia