Other than an obscure effort for the tiny Green Street label in 1984, this Uptown release was trumpeter Claudio Roditi's first recording as a leader. The music is mostly quite boppish, with Don Sickler and Roditi contributing arrangements for a notable sextet consisting of the leader, trombonist Slide Hampton, the obscure but talented tenor saxophonist Howard Kimbo, pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Rufus Reid, and drummer Akira Tana. Steve Sacks' synthesizer adds color to Wayne Shorter's "Nefertiti" and J.J. Johnson's "Lament." Roditi is in particularly fine form on Kenny Dorham's "Karioka" and a heated version of "The Eternal Triangle." This is still one of his best recordings to date.
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