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Two of Swords

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Two of Swords (w/ Brazilian Quintet)
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Rua Dona Margarida (w/ Brazilian Quintet)
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Airegin (w/ Brazilian Quintet)
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Portrait of Art (w/ Jazz Quartet)
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Dom Joaquim Braga (w/ Brazilian Quintet)
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How I Miss Rio (w/ Brazilian Quintet)
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Secret Love (w/ Jazz Quartet)
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Blues For H.O. (w/ Jazz Quartet)
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Pra Mim
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Con Alma (w/ Jazz Quartet)
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Thabo (To Michael Carvin) (w/ Jazz Quartet)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 72:38

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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. – Alex Henderson

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