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Roberto Magris: Mating Call (2010)

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For the contemporary jazz composer, inclusion of standards on a recording can sweeten the offering for those more traditional tastes. If the standard is treated with invention and grace, it can also inform those tastes, encouraging further listening. Italian pianist/composer Roberto Magris achieves both with Tadd Dameron's "Mating Call." Dameron's performance of his composition appeared on the same-titled album made with saxophonist John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
in 1956 and released of Prestige Records.

Squarely a hard bop anthem, in the hands of the imaginative Magris "Mating Call" is fairly transformed into a carefully crafted blowing vehicle, with a humid jungle ambience established by bassist Elisa Pruett's insistent figure and the dry wood drums of Idris Muhammad
Idris Muhammad
Idris Muhammad
1939 - 2014
drums
. The falling water of Magris' piano, captured closely, gives the arrangement its heavily organic finish. Alto saxophonist Paul Carr
Paul Carr
Paul Carr

saxophone
is simpatico with tenor saxophonist Michael O'Neill
Michael O'Neill
Michael O'Neill
b.1946
saxophone
, the two weaving their respective spells—well versed in hard bop, but extending that language with a classic of the jazz repertoire.


Track Listing: Track #1; Track #2; Track #3.

Personnel: Roberto Magris: piano, electric piano; Paul Carr: soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone; Michael O'Neill: tenor saxophone; Elisa Pruett: acoustic bass; Idris Muhammad: drums.

Record Label: JMood

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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