Ruth – Jim Rotondi
A subdued medium swinger with a simple triadic melody. Jim interprets this melody quite expressively; we have a Melody Transcription available that shows the way he plays both the in and out heads.
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- Recording: Jim Rotondi - Four Of A Kind
- Recorded on: June 7, 2007
- Label: Posi-Tone (PR 8034)
- Concert Key: E-flat minor, No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Jim Rotondi
- Piano - David Hazeltine
- Bass - John Webber
- Drums - Joe Farnsworth
A Melody Transcription is available showing how Jim plays the in and out head on this recording. He sometimes adds notes and sometimes leaves some notes out, for example the first, pickup-like note of the head. All important articulations are notated in this transcription; there are several that he varies, especially in the second and fourth measures of the A section.
"Ruth was written and named for my mother, Ruth, who was my first (and still most significant) musical inspiration, and who at the age of 95 still teaches several private piano students per week."
The personnel of this recording is two-thirds of the sextet One For All, whose 2015 recording "The Third Decade" includes another version of Ruth. This version (which, like most of One For All's output, adds Steve Davis and Eric Alexander to the personnel heard on "Four Of A Kind") is rather faster and features Jim on flugelhorn instead of muted trumpet. The arrangement adds three-horn voicings on the intro, the bridge, and the last three measures of the A section.
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...