Trumpeter Jim Rotondi's 2013 effort, Hard Hittin' at the Bird's Eye, features the jazz musician performing live in 2012 at the Bird's Eye Jazz Club in Basel, Switzerland. Joining Rotondi here are saxophonist Eric Alexander, organist Renato Chicco, and drummer Bernd Reiter. Anyone who is familiar with Rotondi and Alexander's solo albums or their work with the all-star band One for All will know just what kind of top-notch straight-ahead jazz to expect here. With a bent toward '60s hard bop, this swinging, bluesy, and often soulful acoustic jazz features adventurous soloing throughout.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Collar