All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

2

Roberto Magris Sextet: Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
Since recording his first album as a leader in 1982, Italian-born pianist Roberto Magris has added thirty more to his impressive resume, the most recent of which is this high-powered sextet date, Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery. The session is somewhat of a departure in that most of Magris' earlier albums have been set down in a studio, either in the U.S. or abroad. And while he has recorded in more than forty countries, this was Magris' first visit to the Miami area. To say he made the most of it would be an understatement.

With alacrity in mind, Magris enlisted the services of a number of the area's foremost musicians led by trumpeter Brian Lynch and bassist Chuck Bergeron and including tenor saxophonist Jonathan Gomez, drummer John Yarling and conguero Murph Aucamp to charm an enthusiastic audience at the WDNA Gallery (WDNA is the Public Radio station in Miami). The best moments of that concert are preserved here, embracing seven of Magris' original compositions, Rahsaan Roland Kirk's lyrical "April Morning" and Billy Strayhorn's amatory anthem, "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing."

As Magris is steeped in hard bop and blues, those themes recur often, with smoke and fire abounding on "Song for an African Child," "Il Bello Del Jazz," "Standard Life" and "What Blues?" The ensemble remains in overdrive on the Latin-oriented "Chachanada," pausing to breathe deeply only on "April Morning," the brief, laid-back "Sleeping Baby" and "Lovesome Thing," the last of which Magris performs by himself. "Baby" fades into the sunset after only two minutes, as there is scarcely room on the CD to accommodate what ensues.

Lynch's solos, as one would surmise, are keen and resourceful, while Gomez' equanimity on the front line is a pleasant surprise. He complements Lynch well and frames inventive solos whenever his name is called. Magris, meanwhile, is at home in any context, summoning his years of experience to comp or solo according to what is the most suitable avenue to pursue at that particular moment. The rhythm section is strong, with Bergeron and Yarling keeping impeccable time and Aucamp adding spice to the recipe. Aucamp solos persuasively on "Chachanada," Bergeron on "Il Bello Del Jazz." An exemplary concert, admirably performed by Magris and his companions.

Track Listing: African Mood; What Blues?; Song for an African Child; April Morning; Chachanada; Il Bello Del Jazz;; A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing; Standard Life; Blues for My Sleeping Baby.

Personnel: Roberto Magris: piano; Brian Lynch: trumpet; Jonathan Gomez: tenor sax; Chuck Bergeron: bass; John Yarling: drums; Murph Aucamp: percussion.

Title: Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: JMood Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Joycie Girl

Joycie Girl

Roberto Magris
Prague After Dark

Need To Bring Out Love

Need To Bring Out Love

Roberto Magris
Need To Bring Out Love

Fire waltz

Fire waltz

Roberto Magris
One Night In With Hope And...

Dianna

Dianna

Roberto Magris
One Night In With Hope And...

Mating call

Mating call

Roberto Magris
Mating Call

Optional man

Optional man

Roberto Magris
Mating Call

Ceora

Ceora

Roberto Magris
Morgan Rewind: A Tribute To Lee...

Lee-Too

Lee-Too

Roberto Magris
Morgan Rewind: A Tribute To Lee...

The Swagger

The Swagger

Roberto Magris
Ready For Reed

Jungle strut

Jungle strut

Roberto Magris
Ready For Reed

Keep headed in the right direction

Keep headed in the right direction

Roberto Magris
Cannonball Funk'n Friends

Sticks

Sticks

Roberto Magris
Cannonball Funk'n Friends

Exotique

Exotique

Roberto Magris
Morgan Rewind: A Tribute to Lee...

A bid for Sid

A bid for Sid

Roberto Magris
Morgan Rewind: A Tribute to Lee...

After you

After you

Roberto Magris
An Evening With Herb Geller &...

9:20 special

9:20 special

Roberto Magris
An Evening With Herb Geller &...

A night in Cydonia

A night in Cydonia

Roberto Magris
Aliens in a bebop planet

Aliens in a bebop planet

Aliens in a bebop planet

Roberto Magris
Aliens in a bebop planet

Sat

Sat

Roberto Magris
Aliens in a bebop planet

Kansas City Outbound

Kansas City Outbound

Roberto Magris
Kansas City Outbound

Iraqi blues

Iraqi blues

Roberto Magris
Kansas City Outbound

Happy hour

Happy hour

Roberto Magris
One Night In With Hope And...

Do it again

Do it again

Roberto Magris
Enigmatix

Sendai

Sendai

Roberto Magris
One Night In With Hope And...

No sadness

No sadness

Roberto Magris
Enigmatix

Parker's Pen

Parker's Pen

Roberto Magris
Il Bello Del Jazz

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

Related Articles

Read Subtle Disguise CD/LP/Track Review
Subtle Disguise
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 18, 2018
Read Introverted Cultures CD/LP/Track Review
Introverted Cultures
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 18, 2018
Read Flyway CD/LP/Track Review
Flyway
by Geannine Reid
Published: October 18, 2018
Read Crime Zone CD/LP/Track Review
Crime Zone
by Chris Mosey
Published: October 18, 2018
Read Begin the Agora CD/LP/Track Review
Begin the Agora
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 17, 2018
Read Time Like This CD/LP/Track Review
Time Like This
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 17, 2018
Read "Live in New York, 2010" CD/LP/Track Review Live in New York, 2010
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: December 31, 2017
Read "Music For Empty Halls" CD/LP/Track Review Music For Empty Halls
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 17, 2018
Read "Prisma" CD/LP/Track Review Prisma
by Ian Patterson
Published: June 19, 2018
Read "In The Blue Light" CD/LP/Track Review In The Blue Light
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 23, 2018
Read "Icaros" CD/LP/Track Review Icaros
by Rokas Kucinskas
Published: February 28, 2018
Read "Mellophonium Memoirs" CD/LP/Track Review Mellophonium Memoirs
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 8, 2017