Designated Hitter – Jim Rotondi
This 16-measure blues variant alternates eight measures of active melody with eight measures of active bass line. In addition to our lead sheets, we have a condensed score for the rhythm section.
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- Recording: Jim Rotondi - Destination Up
- Recorded on: March 29-30, 2001
- Label: Sharp Nine (CD 1022)
- Concert Key: E-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Jim Rotondi
- Vibes - Joe Locke
- Piano - Mulgrew Miller
- Bass - Peter Washington
- Drums - Joe Farnsworth
There is an intro which starts with four measures of full band rhythmic hits in contrary motion—rising melody and descending bass line. This is followed by eight measures of pedal point with rhythmic bass line figures similar to those on the head, but all on one note. Finally, a four-measure drum fill sets up the head. The ending tags the last eight measures one more time.
Our Concert Condensed Score is the rhythm section part. It shows piano voicings and bass line for the intro, and the bass line figures in the second half of the head. These figures are shown below the staff in our lead sheets.
For more from "Destination Up!", check out Miller Time and Reverence.
born on August 28, 1962
A major straight-ahead trumpeter and flugelhornist worldwide for twenty years, Jim Rotondi has charmed the jazz world with his warm tone, versatility and soulful improvisation. Born and raised in Montana—an unlikely place for a jazz musician—Jim was inspired by his musical family to take up the piano at age eight. At twelve, he switched to the trumpet. There was very little musical community to speak of in his hometown of Butte, but like many trumpeters, early exposure to a Clifford Brown vinyl set captured Jim's imagination and kindled within him a lifelong passion for jazz. Read more...