For the contemporary jazz composer, inclusion of standards on a recording can sweeten the offering for those more traditional tastes. If the standard is treated with invention and grace, it can also inform those tastes, encouraging further listening. Italian pianist/composer Roberto Magris achieves both with Tadd Dameron's "Mating Call." Dameron's performance of his composition appeared on the same-titled album made with saxophonist John Coltrane
in 1956 and released of Prestige Records.
Squarely a hard bop anthem, in the hands of the imaginative Magris "Mating Call" is fairly transformed into a carefully crafted blowing vehicle, with a humid jungle ambience established by bassist Elisa Pruett's insistent figure and the dry wood drums of Idris Muhammad
. The falling water of Magris' piano, captured closely, gives the arrangement its heavily organic finish. Alto saxophonist Paul Carr
is simpatico with tenor saxophonist Michael O'Neill
, the two weaving their respective spellswell versed in hard bop, but extending that language with a classic of the jazz repertoire.
Personnel: Roberto Magris: piano, electric piano; Paul Carr: soprano saxophone,
tenor saxophone; Michael O'Neill: tenor saxophone; Elisa Pruett:
bass; Idris Muhammad: drums.
Year Released: 2010
| Record Label: JMood
| Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream