Claudio Roditi: Tune Up
Claudio Roditi (flugelhorn)
Brazilliance x 4 (Resonance Records HCD 2002)
Claudio Roditi (flugelhorn),
Helio Alves (piano), Leonardo Cioglia (bass), Duduka Da Fonseca (drums).
Composed by Miles Davis.
Recorded: Los Angeles, 2007
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
"Tune Up" is one of the hardest-working, most dog-eared staples in most jam session satchels, favored for its II-V-I cycles and shifting tone centers. But there's nothing stilted or overworked in this outing by Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Roditi, a seasoned veteran of sessions with Paquito D'Rivera and a former member of Dizzy Gillespie's United Nation Orchestra. Roditi's playing here makes it seem as if the ink was still wet on Miles's composition.
There are times when you don't want to be pelted in the face with hard-boppin' chops; sometimes you want to sit back and enjoy steady, flowing lines springing from the depths of an old soul's well, chock-full of minerals and something the French refer to as terroir – the taste of the earth. This is the feeling evoked by Claudio Roditi's lyrical horn work. Sit back, relax and tune up to the terroir of one of Brazil's freshest, coolest drinks.
Reviewer: Bill Barnes