The new release, Four of a Kind
, on the Posi-Tone label, is a quartet date featuring Jim Rotundi - trumpet, David Hazeltine - piano & rhodes, John Webber - bass, and Joe Farnsworth - drums.
The disc features three Rotundi originals, one original each from Farnsworth and Hazeltine, along with a rendition of Cedar Walton's arrangement of Manteca", and three standards, two of them arranged by Hazeltine ("What Kind Of Fool Am I?" and Love For Sale").
The music on this disc is the fruition of my long-time vision to make a quartet recording with some of my favorite musicians, guys with whom I am always completely relaxed and musically at ease. Each musician I chose for the session has a fully developed, mature style, crafted through many years of hard work and dedication. The obvious intimacy and empathy on this recording are the result of many years on the bandstand together and displays a kind of interplay not generally found on thrown-together dates typically orchestrated by producers. Because of our long-standing associations, I knew very well how the compositions and arrangements would be interpreted. In short, this record was a joy to make from start to finish.
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