Two of Swords

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Recorded at two separate sessions on September 24 and 25, 1990, Two of Swords finds Claudio Roditi leading two separate groups. One of them, which he calls a "Brazilian Quintet," employs trombonist Jay Ashby, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca -- the other, which he calls a "Jazz Quartet," includes pianist Danílo Perez, bassist David Finck and drummer Akira Tana. Both groups serve Roditi well, and both of them are hard bop-oriented. The main difference between the two, apart from personnel, is the fact that "the Brazilian Quintet" is more overtly Brazilian-influenced. "The Brazilian Quintet" is still playing hard bop, but it's hard ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Recorded at two separate sessions on September 24 and 25, 1990, Two of Swords finds Claudio Roditi leading two separate groups. One of them, which he calls a "Brazilian Quintet," employs trombonist Jay Ashby, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca -- the other, which he calls a "Jazz Quartet," includes pianist Danílo Perez, bassist David Finck and drummer Akira Tana. Both groups serve Roditi well, and both of them are hard bop-oriented. The main difference between the two, apart from personnel, is the fact that "the Brazilian Quintet" is more overtly Brazilian-influenced. "The Brazilian Quintet" is still playing hard bop, but it's hard bop that is more consistently mindful of the samba beat that Roditi was surrounded by growing up in Rio de Janeiro. While "the Brazilian Quintet" sticks to Roditi's own compositions, "the Jazz Quartet" embraces Roditi originals as well as "Secret Love," Sonny Rollins' "Airegin" and Dizzy Gillespie's "Con Alma" which is "the Jazz Quartet"'s most Latin-influenced offering. Two of Swords won't win any awards for being cutting-edge or groundbreaking, but for bop played with plenty of soul and conviction, you can't go wrong with this CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2007
  • Label: Candid Records
  • UPC: 708857980420
  • Catalog Number: 79804
  • Sales rank: 219,362

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Two of Swords (7:53)
  2. 2 Rua Dona Margarida (5:28)
  3. 3 Airegin (4:38)
  4. 4 Portrait of Art (7:30)
  5. 5 Dom Joaquim Braga (6:01)
  6. 6 How I Miss Rio (6:27)
  7. 7 Secret Love (9:35)
  8. 8 Blues for H.O. (6:08)
  9. 9 Pra Mim (6:16)
  10. 10 Con Alma (6:25)
  11. 11 Thabo (To Michael Carvin) (6:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Claudio Roditi Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Danilo Pérez Piano
Jay Ashby Trombone
David Finck Bass
Duduka Da Fonseca Drums
Nilson Matta Bass
Edward Simon Piano
Akira Tana Drums
Technical Credits
Mark Morganelli Producer
Alan Bates Executive Producer
Malcolm Addey Engineer
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
Claudio Roditi Composer
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