179

Roberto Magris and The Europlane Orchestra: Current Views

Raul d'Gama Rose By

Sign in to view read count
Roberto Magris and The Europlane Orchestra: Current Views Redefining his relationship with contemporary music. Roberto Magris' Current Views finds the artist in a renewed setting with his Europlane Orchestra, but this time the ensemble is slightly smaller—featuring at any given time, anything from a septet to an octet. The album title suggests new perspectives on Magris' philosophy with regard to the use of sound in music. Here, the pianist/composer uses mainly brass to paint the canvases that soak in the very depths of sound, resonating with bell-like clarity as they emerge from seemingly bottomless pits of tonal colors. Even guitarist Philip Catherine, the only other stringed instrument (other than the bass), sounds almost horn-like in the long, sustaining lines.

Even in smaller groups than these, Magris has proven himself to be an astute listener and therefore able to write toward the creation of rich textures of sound. Here, as in other situations, he tends to think in terms of longer form of composition and although the pianist does not designate this repertoire to be a concerto or a suite of sorts, the fact that he looks at music from a distinctly European perspective, applying a more cerebral touch seems to lend itself to a collection of pieces that could be loosely deemed as such. "The Story Teller," a piece rich in exploratory sound, despite leaning strictly into the conventional aspects of harmony, appears to be the centerpiece and covers seemingly endless vistas of sound. "Dukish Interlude," by contrast, appears to be a musical stop for breath while the composer reevaluates his homage to the master who has guided his way along the path to now, and finds Magris writing and executing his ideas in a move that would have delighted Duke Ellington, but Charles Mingus even more.

"In Love In Vain," the only composition that is not by the pianist, is twisted to fit the composer's ideas of musicianship. Here, as elsewhere on the album, Magris employs startling contrapuntal devices, setting horn against horn in various registers. The result is a beautiful glide through oceans of delightful sound. "Hombres" is a contrast to most of the rest of the music, inhabiting the very fringes of tonality for a change. "React!" swings and leads the listener on a wild change of pace to the rest of the album, channeling musicians who defined Italian/European sensibilities in the '70s, most of whom were swept up in the sea of activity created by Soul Note's founder, Giovanni Bonandrini, including artists such as Don Pullen and George Adams.

"Steady Mood" is a classic ballad, written in the inimitable style of Mingus, recalling the bassist's best work, such as "Carolyn "Keki" Mingus" and others that will remain in the mind's eye for a long time to come. With the elegiac conclusion, "For Naima," Magris is making spectacular strides as a composer attempting to keep in step with the changing face of sound. Current Views is a sonic gem.


Track Listing: The Story Teller; Dukish Interlude; In Love In Vain; Hombres; React!; Steady Mood; For Naima.

Personnel: Ondrej Jurasi: trumpet (1); Julius Baros: trumpet (7); Kristof Basco: alto saxophone (2-6); Rado Tariska: alto saxophone (1); Marko Lackner: alto saxophone (7); Roberto Ottaviano: soprano and tenor saxophones (2-6); Marco Castelli: soprano saxophone (1), tenor saxophone (7); Christian Muenchinger: tenor saxophone (2-6); Laojze Krajncan: trombone (1); Ferenc Schreck: trombone (7); Philip Catherine (guitar (1); Darko Jurkovic: guitar (7); Roberto Magris: piano; Bill Molenhoff: vibes (2-6); Vitold Rek: bass (2-6); Frantisek Uhlur: bass (1, 7); Gabriele Centis: drums.

Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Soul Note | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
George Kahn George Kahn
piano
Jeremy Pelt Jeremy Pelt
trumpet
James Moody James Moody
reeds
Greg Murphy Greg Murphy
piano
Grant Stewart Grant Stewart
sax, tenor
Idit Shner Idit Shner
saxophone
Joe Magnarelli Joe Magnarelli
trumpet
Steve Carter Steve Carter
guitar

More Articles

Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "In Denmark 1959-1960" CD/LP/Track Review In Denmark 1959-1960
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: June 18, 2016
Read "Brückenshlag" CD/LP/Track Review Brückenshlag
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: August 9, 2016
Read "Sarabande" CD/LP/Track Review Sarabande
by Budd Kopman
Published: March 3, 2016
Read "The Havana Sessions" CD/LP/Track Review The Havana Sessions
by James Nadal
Published: June 11, 2016
Read "All My Treasures" CD/LP/Track Review All My Treasures
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: May 20, 2016
Read "Disappearing Day" CD/LP/Track Review Disappearing Day
by Edward Blanco
Published: August 9, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!