“Luci Lontane” by Roberto Magris Europlane
Magris' lush ballad "Luci Lontane" is a gently swinging number underscored by Centis' brisk brushwork and Balzar' bouncing, easy- grooving basslines. Magris' says, "I wrote this nearly 20 years ago but I never had a chance to record it before. Now, when I play it again after such a long time it brings to mind 'Dear Lord' by John Coltrane, even if the theme, the chords and the structure are different. In Italian, the meaning of 'Luci Lontane' is far lights and I wrote it having in mind the view of the sea in the night from the top of the hill where I live. The far lights are the ones of the fishermans boats far away on the sea in the darkness of the night. They come and go in the same way as the two saxophones play their phrasing in the themes when my solo on piano represents the plain chords of the peaceful dark sea. Lakatos takes a warm, "Getz-ian" approach on tenor here, coaxing Erian's soprano sax into some lively dialoguing throughout the piece." Music impresario Paul Collins adds, "Roberto expresses jazz in it's highest form and showcases his skill as band leader and prolific composer for the pure jazz aficionado". Listen to more of his work on his new CD Check-In.
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