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RODITI, Claudio

(b 28 May '46, Rio de Janeiro) Trumpet, flugelhorn. Studied at Berklee '70-1, moved to New York '76, played with Charlie Rouse, Herbie Mann. Although influenced by Dizzy Gillespie, his albums retain a Brazilian ambience: Gemini Man and Slow Fire '88-9 on Milestone, Two Of Swords and Milestones '90 on Candid. Swords for example features his Brazilian Quintet on five tracks and Jazz Quartet on six, produced in NYC by Alan Bates. Free Wheelin' '95 on Reservoir is a straightforward (hard-swinging) tribute to Lee Morgan, with Nick Brignola on soprano or baritone sax on some tracks; he played on Brignola's Like Old Times on the same label, followed with his own Samba Manhattan Style. [Brignola d 8 Feb. 2002 in Albany NY aged 65.] The Candid Jazz Masters' tribute For Miles '91 included Roditi, Ricky Ford, Donald Harrison, Kenny Barron, bassist Larry Gales and Joe Chambers on drums. Roditi has also recorded with Ford on Muse, with pianist Manfredo Fest on Concord '96 and with reedman Michael Hashim updating Fats Waller tunes on Keep A Song In Your Soul '96 on Hep (Hashim b '66, Geneva NY; other albums on Stash). Double Standards '96 on Reservoir added to the canon; he also played on McCoy Tyner's Blue Bossa '91 on the budget Laserlight label.