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Roberto Magris Trio: One Night In With Hope And More…vol. 2 (2014)

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Italian pianist and composer Roberto Magris continues his pilgrimage to the heart of hard bop with the release of his second volume of One Night In With Hope And More.... Volume 1 was critically well considered, focusing on the music of Elmo Hope
Elmo Hope
Elmo Hope
1923 - 1967
piano
, Andrew Hill
Andrew Hill
Andrew Hill
1937 - 2007
piano
, and Barry Harris
Barry Harris
Barry Harris
b.1929
piano
. Magris' journey began several years earlier with the release of Mating Call (JMood, 2010) and continued with Morgan Rewind: A Tribute To Lee Morgan Vol. 1 (JMood, 2012), Sam Reed Meets Roberto Magris: Ready For Reed Cannonball Funk 'n Friends (JMood, 2013).

Magris closes out his long night of recording hard bop in the vein of Hope with a collection containing compositions by Herbie Nichols
Herbie Nichols
Herbie Nichols
1919 - 1963
piano
, Randy Weston
Randy Weston
Randy Weston
b.1926
piano
, as well as several original pieces in the chosen vernacular. Magris' approach remains straight-ahead, seasoned with his potent and well-trained playing. Nichols "Third World" swings over the complex head the enigmatic pianist used to compose it. Magris solos confidently, incorporating Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
, Kenny Drew
Kenny Drew
Kenny Drew
1928 - 1993
piano
and Red Garland
Red Garland
Red Garland
1923 - 1984
piano
. The original "Mal Waldron's Dreams" captures Waldron's often dense introspection while Magris' interpretation of Neal Hefti
Neal Hefti
Neal Hefti
1922 - 2008
trumpet
's Theme From "The Odd Couple" is a pleasant breeze through a very familiar melody to 1970s television audiences. "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" is played haltedly, in a combination of Horace Silver
Horace Silver
Horace Silver
1928 - 2014
piano
and Wynton Kelly
Wynton Kelly
Wynton Kelly
1931 - 1971
piano
. Magris retains his native lyricism throughout and his support from bassist Elisa Pruett and drummers Albert "Tootie" Heath and Brian Steever batton down the hatches, keeping everything on the straight and narrow.

Track Listing: Third World; Young and Foolish; Sendai; Dianne; Mal Waldron’s Dreams; Little Susan; Theme From “The Odd Couple;” Burbank Turnaround; I Can’t Give You Anything But Love; Whatever Possessed Me; Audio Notebook.

Personnel: Roberto Magris: piano; Elisa Pruett: bass; Brian Steever: drums; Albert “Tootie” Heath.

Record Label: Jmood Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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