(1938- 1972). He follows now the initial Morgan tribute with the aptly named Morgan Rewind: A Tribute to Lee Morgan, Vol. 2, a double disc set that explores with a thoroughness and reverence and joywith some modernizing tweaksthe sound that the too-soon-gone bopper (thirty-three years old when he passed) crafted.
Hard bop evolved after the advent of be-bop that was pioneered by Dizzy Gillespie
So what's Magris and his septet add to the hard bop discussion with this two disc Vol 2 set? Organs discsSearch for the New Land (1964), Charisma (1966), and Tom Cat (1964), among many more, all on the Blue Note label, swung hard, blew hard, and offered up in-your-face jazz. The Art Blakey influence ran deep. Magris, on his expansive Vol 2 offering, adds vibraphone and an additional percussionist to the mix and "African-izes" the music a bit with its deft, percussion-heavy ensemble sound.
It's an abundance of hard bop riches. The band cooks; solos blossom up all over the place. Trumpeter Hermon Mehari
-esque restraint, cooking with a steady, medium heat, and he adds a sweet soprano sax to the mix here and there. Pianist Magris is unfettered (his sound is quite his own) in his freewheeling dances into the solo spotlights.
This is classic hard bop, blowing and swinging hard, nudged a bit in a modern direction, laid down with a zesty joi de vive.
Track Listing: A Bid For Sid; Exotique; Blue Lace; Cunning Lee; The Sixth Sense; Soft Touch; Gary's Notebook; Speedball; Libreville; Get Yo' Self Togetha; A Summer's Kiss; Zambia; Helen's Ritual; Audio Notebook.
Personnel: Roberto Magris: piano; Jim Mair: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute; Peter Schlamd: vibraphone; Elisa Pruett: acoustic bass; Brian Steever: drums; Pablo Sanhueza: congas, percussion.