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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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