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Roberto Magris Trio & Herb Geller: An Evening with Herb Geller & the Roberto Magris Trio: Live in Europe 2009

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Italian pianist and bandleader Roberto Magris has been on dual trajectories in the past number of years. The first is his recent study of hard bop as evidenced by his recent J-Mood releases including Mating Call (2010), Morgan Rewind: A Tribute to Lee Morgan Vols. 1 & 2 (2012, 2013) and One Night in With Hope and More...Vols. 1 & 2 (2012, 2013). His second, sub-trajectory is the rediscovery of overlooked masters as in the release of Sam Reed Meets Roberto Magris: Ready For Reed (Jmood, 2013).

Magris accomplishes the same magic with West Coast alto saxophonist and expatriate Herb Geller. Geller was very active in Southern California in the 1950s recording with Chet Baker, Clifford Brown, Maynard Ferguson, Anita O'Day and Art Pepper (most notably on Pepper's Art Pepper + Eleven Play Modern Jazz Classic. He left the United States in the late 1950s never to return, finally landing in Germany.

It is in Europe that Magris met up with Geller and became his rhythm section in the late period before Geller's death. An Evening with Herb Geller & the Roberto Magris Trio: Live in Europe 2009 is the result of some saved tapes and audio magic, displaying Geller in full possession of his facilities at 81-years old in 2009. Geller is captured closely, often revealing a dry, reedy tone that betrays the comfort of familiarity. A master of melody and the simple improvisation thereof, listening to Geller is like a relaxing walk down a path walked many times before.

Informative and razor sharp are Geller's comments between songs. He was not without opinions or his favorites, many that he paid tribute to here. Benny Carter's "Lonely Woman," Zoot Sims "Red Door" and Billy Strayhorn's "Orson" and "UMMG" are played emotively and with superb support from Magris and his crack trio. The pianist plays and leads beautifully, or more properly, allows Geller to do so.

Track Listing: After You; El Cajon; Lonely Woman; The Red Door; Orson; Upper Manhattan Medical Group; Celebrating Bird; Special; If I Were a Bell; The Peacocks; Pretty Woman.

Personnel: Herb Geller: alto saxophone; Roberto Magris: piano; Nikola Matosic: bass; Enzo Cartentieri: drums.

Title: An Evening with Herb Geller & the Roberto Magris Trio: Live in Europe 2009 | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: J-Mood Records

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