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Roberto Magris Quintet: Mating Call (2010)

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Even though drummer Idris Muhammad
Idris Muhammad
Idris Muhammad
1939 - 2014
drums
may be the only member of the group to elicit nods of recognition here in the States, Italian pianist Roberto Magris' quintet is world-class in every respect, consistently affirming its singular prowess on Mating Call, the second release from Paul Collins' Kansas City-based J-Mood Records. Magris also headlined the label's initial recording, presiding over a quartet (including the late bassist Art Davis
Art Davis
Art Davis
1934 - 2007
bass, acoustic
) on Kansas City Outbound in 2007.

Three of the album's seven engaging numbers ("Optional Man," "Hill of Illusions," "Europlane Blues") were written by Magris, who arranged the others as well. It's safe to say that J.J. Johnson
J.J. Johnson
J.J. Johnson
1924 - 2001
trombone
's plaintive "Lament" has seldom sounded better, converted by Magris from ballad to medium-tempo swinger with a Latin substructure. The ballad "Theme for Ernie" was written by Fred Lacey, the exotic "Mating Call" by Tadd Dameron
Tadd Dameron
Tadd Dameron
1917 - 1965
arranger
for a 1956 Prestige Records session with John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
. As a pièce de résistance, Magris plays tasteful solo piano on the exquisite finale, Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
1918 - 1990
composer/conductor
's "Lonely Town," from the Broadway musical On the Town.

"Theme for Ernie" showcases one of the group's two admirable horns, tenor saxophonist Michael O'Neill
Michael O'Neill
Michael O'Neill
b.1946
saxophone
, and adds another eloquent solo by Magris. Paul Carr
Paul Carr
Paul Carr

saxophone
plays soprano sax on the lyrical opener, "Optional Man," and "Hill of Illusions," tenor the rest of the way, showing remarkable proficiency on either instrument, while bassist Elisa Pruett is a paragon of strength and stability. If musical excellence is more important to you than names, check out the Roberto Magris Quintet. Chances are you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Track Listing: Optional Man; Hill of Illusions; Lament; Theme for Ernie; Mating Call; Europlans Blues; Lonely Town.

Personnel: Roberto Magris: leader, composer, arranger, piano; Paul Carr: soprano, tenor sax; Michael O'Neill: tenor sax; Elisa Pruett: bass; Idris Muhammad: drums.

Record Label: J-Mood Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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