For his Criss Cross debut, 33-year-old trumpet virtuoso Michael Rodriguez assembles a world-class New York quintet of generational peers (pianist Gerald Clayton and drummer Rodney Green) and mid-career masters (tenor saxophonist Chris Cheek and bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa) to perform six kinetic originals and a single standard, Portrait Of Jennie.
Known for his creative melodic approach and pellucid tone via consequential engagements over the last decade with, among others, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Bobby Watson, and Eddie Palmieri, Rodriguez blends youthful fire with a veteran's focus and mature intention, setting the tone for an immensely satisfying session.
|1.||Small Feats (Ronnie Miller) 8:33|
|2.||Enchantment (Michael Rodriguez) 9:18|
|3.||Reverence (Michael Rodriguez) 9:42|
|4.||Wishful Thinking (Michael Rodriguez) 7:29|
|5.||Like Joe (Robert Rodriguez) 9:09|
|6.||Portrait Of Jennie (G. Burdge / J. Robinson) 9:15|
|7.||You Did (Michael Rodriguez) 7:43|
Total Time: 61:14
Recorded October 11, 2012 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Michael Marciano