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This complete album, note-for-note transcription of Claudio Roditi’s Two of Swords is part of a tremendous project by Adrian Ruiz to transcribe the complete discography of this legendary performer. In collaboration with the Roditi estate, qPress will be bringing you the definitive series of his albums with notable forwards and liner notes whenever possible.
Mark Morganelli writes in his foreword that “Two Swords alternates between two Brazilian tunes and two jazz tunes, with two distinct backing ensembles. Regardless of the setting, Claudio’s cogent improvisations carry the date. One marvels at his virtuosity and clarity of articulation throughout, shaping melodic lines that defy expectations. In fact, it’s this element of surprise that drew me to Claudio’s playing right from the beginning. There’s never a wasted note. On Two of Swords, Claudio features eight of his own compositions, alongside three standards by Dizzy Gillespie (“Con Alma”), Sonny Rollins (“Airegin”), and Sammy Fain/Paul Francis Webster (“Secret Love”).”
Below you will find the full list of tunes, and to the left, you can enjoy some free samples from the title track. Give them a try, then grab an immediate digital download above.