Roberto Magris: Sam Reed Meets Roberto Magris: Ready for Reed (2013)

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Roberto Magris: Sam Reed Meets Roberto Magris: Ready for Reed
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
Sam Reed
Sam Reed
b.1935
saxophone
, 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
Art Pepper
Art Pepper
1925 - 1982
sax, alto
(1925- 1982) and Frank Morgan
Frank Morgan
Frank Morgan
1933 - 2007
sax, alto
(1933-2007). Magris, for his part, extends his foray into hard bop with a bona fide veteran of the period. The union of the pair on Ready for Reed is not the standard "blowing session" of the 1950s, but instead a cogent and integrated paradigm of musical ideas expressed as such. This music does not have the hot New York City sound of period Jazz Messengers; it is more like the Philadelphia sound of Bobby Timmons
Bobby Timmons
Bobby Timmons
1935 - 1974
piano
and the Heath brothers, with whom Reed performed.

Out of the chute, Magris plays Hammond B3 on two songs, Gene Ammons
Gene Ammons
Gene Ammons
1925 - 1974
sax, tenor
"Jungle Strut" and the original blues, "Ready for Reed." Neither are Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
1925 - 2005
organ, Hammond B3
greasefests, but they are funky to the toes. On "Jungle Strut," Reed shares saxophone duty with tenor saxophonist Steve Lambert. It is a nominal blues, propelled by a Caribbean cross-beat. Magris' title piece smells more of unfiltered Lucky Strikes and beer, but is still a pretty healthy affair, where Reed really show off his blues chops. On the remainder of the recording, Magris presents his contemporary and informed pianism, which acts as a spark for Reed to push beyond any limitations of health and age into that rarefied plane of creativity where all things are new.

Track Listing: Jungle Strut; The Swagger; Love You Madly; Paris Blues Revisited; Quasimodo; I Married An Angel; Ready For Reed; Sweet Jenny Lou; Be My Love; Stopstart.

Personnel: Sam Reed: alto saxophone; Roberto Magris: keyboards; Kendall Moore: trombone; Steve Lambert: tenor saxophone (6, 7); Brian Steever: drums; Pablo Sanhueza: congas (1, 2, 7, 8).

Record Label: J-Mood Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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