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Roberto Magris Septet: Morgan Rewind: A Tribute to Lee Morgan, Vol. 2

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Not only is Italian pianist / composer Roberto Magris conversant with jazz history and tradition, he honors it, as he has done in a series of albums devoted to the music of pianist Elmo Hope, alto saxophonist Julian “Cannonball" Adderley and trumpeter Lee Morgan who is saluted here in a second two-disc volume. Whereas young lion Brandon Lee sat in on Volume 1, released in 2010 (JMood 002), Morgan's surrogate this time around is Hermon Mehari. While neither one, of course, is Lee Morgan, they immersed themselves in the task at hand and carried out the arduous assignment with dexterity ...

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Roberto Magris Septet: Morgan Rewind: A Tribute To Lee Morgan Vol. 2

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Italian-born pianist Roberto Magris gets deep into the music of his influences. He recorded two volumes of the music written by or associated with the somewhat overlooked bop pianist Elmo Hope, and in 2011 he released Morgan Rewind: A Tribute to Lee Morgan, Vol. 1 (JMood Records) , an exuberant nod to the hard bop trumpeter Lee Morgan (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 joy--with some modernizing tweaks--the sound that the too-soon-gone ...

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Roberto Magris Septet: Morgan Rewind: A Tribute To Lee Morgan Vol. 2

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Hard-bop trumpeter Lee Morgan was the first jazz idol of Italian pianist Roberto Magris influencing his music to this day. Recording a homage to the late young icon was a natural evolution that culminated in the release of Morgan Rewind: A Tribute To Lee Morgan Vol.1 (J-Mood Records, 2011). Magris now presents an audacious follow up to the first session homage on Morgan Rewind: A Tribute To Lee Morgan Vol.2, completing a very special 'tip of the hat' to a legendary trumpeter whose influence on jazz is still felt today. As good as Vol.1 most certainly was, this second chapter ...

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Roberto Magris Trio: One Night In With Hope And More… Vol. 2

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Italian pianist Roberto Magris has always had an affinity for the classic jazz trio format and the bebop sound which, he documents so well on the previous One Night In With Hope and More...Vol. 1 (J-Mood Records, 2012), the first session of an originally planned two-set project. The eagerly anticipated follow up part-two, comes to light on One Night In With Hope and More...Vol. 2 containing an uncommon selection of tunes touching on compositions from Herbie Nichols, Albert Hague and Neal Hefti and others whose charts are no longer available in printed form. Session two brings back ...

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Roberto Magris: Ready for Reed

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Alto saxophonist Sam Reed is legend in the Philadelphia jazz scene who was leader of the 1950s band, Sam Reed and the All-Stars, worked uptown theatre for a while, performed with pop and R&B stars and served as the musical director for Teddy Pendergrass just to mention a few highlights from his long musical resume . On the boppish Ready for Reed, Italian paints of note, Roberto Magris joins forces with the sax man in a a tribute to one of the most enduring jazz musicians of East Coast jazz. After performing traditional rhythm and blues during his years in ...

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

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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, Andrew Hill, and Barry Harris. 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 ...

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Roberto Magris: Cannonball Funk 'n Friends / One Night in with Hope . . . Vol. 2

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Pianist Roberto Magris, who logs so much time in studios that he should be awarded Frequent Recording points, is back with two more albums, the first by a quintet with alto Jim Mair sitting in for Julian “Cannonball" Adderley and trumpeter Hermon Mehari for Cannonball's brother, Nat, the second a trio session billed as Vol. 2 in a tribute to the late pianist Elmo Hope but containing no music written by its dedicatee (well, the album's title does read “and More"). In choosing music for the quintet, Magris says he focused on “the groovy side" of Cannonball ...

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Roberto Magris: Ready for Reed

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Italian-born Pianist Roberto Magris, never one to let labels stand in the way of tasteful and invigorating music, skates from funk to fusion, blues to bop and even ballads on this prismatic album with guest alto Sam Reed, a longtime trouper on the Philadelphia scene who cut his musical teeth with the likes of trumpeter Ted Curson, pianist Bobby Timmons and the redoubtable Heath brothers (Albert, Percy and especially saxophonist Jimmy). Reed, now well into his seventies, holds his own with a group of relative youngsters that includes Magris, trombonist Kendall Moore, bassist Dominique Sanders, drummer Brian Steever, tenor saxophonist ...

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Roberto Magris: Sam Reed Meets Roberto Magris: Ready for Reed

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Italian pianist Roberto Magris has become the hard bop keeper-of-the- flame with recent J-Mood releases including Mating Call (2010), Morgan Rewind: A Tribute to Lee Morgan Vol. 1 (2012) and One Night in With Hope and More...Vol. 1 (2012), volume designations making clear there is more to come. On Sam Reed Meets Roberto Magris: Ready For Reed, Magris reintroduces Philadelphia saxophonist Sam Reed, who, after a lifetime in music, took some time off but was ultimately rediscovered. What Reed gets in the bargain is late-life exposure like that enjoyed by alto saxophonists Art Pepper (1925- 1982) and ...

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Roberto Magris’ Journey to the Heart of Hard Bop

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Italian pianist and composer Roberto Magris has carved his name in jazz stone over the past decade with recordings like Check-In (Black Saint, 2005), Il Bello Del Jazz (Black Saint, 2006) and Current Views (Black Saint, 2010) with his ensemble Europlane, and Kansas City Bound (Pami, 2009) and Mating Call (JMood, 2010) (which foreshadows the hard bop of pianist Tadd Dameron) with his various other groups. He is a sturdy mainstream pianist with impressive chops, both instrumentally and compositionally. Magris was coaxed into a couple of fine hard bop recording sessions that promise further volumes to be ...

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Roberto Magris: One Night In With Hope And More...Vol.1

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Italian composer and pianist Roberto Magris is an internationally renowned artist reminiscent of piano masters like Kenny Drew, McCoy Tyner and the legendary Bill Evans. A veteran jazz musician, Magris has recorded eighteen albums in a career that has spanned over three decades and, with One Night In With Hope And More...Vol. 1, continues his collaboration with JMood Records, documenting a set of trio music by some forgotten bebop masters. With bassist Elisa Pruett and legendary drummer Albert “Tootie" Heath, the Roberto Magris Trio comes out swinging, interpreting the music of Elmo Hope, Tadd Dameron, Herb Geller and Mal Waldron, ...

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Roberto Magris Quintet: Morgan Rewind: A Tribute to Lee Morgan Vol. 1

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It isn't always easy paying tribute to a legend, but pianist Roberto Magris does it quite successfully on this tip of the hat to Lee Morgan, one of the defining figures of hard bop. Magris succeeds because he has a trumpeter, in Brandon Lee, who is not afraid of being adventurous, and a more than adept alto saxophonist in Logan Richardson, The pianist, as he has shown, is comfortable in any frame, playing with virtuosity, finesse and clear vision. Magris creates a sturdy base with six compositions from Morgan and adds two of his own and one from ...

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Roberto Magris Quintet: Morgan Rewind: A Tribute to Lee Morgan, Vol. 1

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For one who left us far too soon (he was shot to death at age 33), Edward Lee Morgan left quite an extensive legacy as a trumpeter, composer and recording artist. In paying tribute to Morgan, pianist Roberto Magris has a splendid idea. What he does not have, of course, is Lee Morgan or any of the celebrated saxophonists who played alongside him (Hank Mobley, Benny Golson, Pepper Adams, Clifford Jordan, Wayne Shorter, Jackie McLean, Joe Henderson, to name only some). Another Lee, the young trumpeter Brandon Lee, gives it his best shot sitting in for Morgan, ...

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Roberto Magris Quintet: Morgan Rewind: A Tribute To Lee Morgan Vol. 1

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With this first installment of a two-CD tribute to Lee Morgan, Italian jazz pianist/composer Roberto Magris delivers Morgan Rewind: A Tribute To Lee Morgan Vol. 1. A longtime fan of the late trumpeter, since his humble beginnings in the '70s, Magris gladly accepted a challenge from Paul Collins, producer of the Kansas City jazz label JMood Records, when he recommended the project. Making this a unique endeavor, Collins also managed to convince drummer Albert “Tootie" Heath to perform with Magris' quintet. A legend in the business, Heath was born in and grew up in Philadelphia along with Morgan, knew the ...



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