Magris closes out his long night of recording hard bop in the vein of Hope with a collection containing compositions by Herbie Nichols, Randy Weston, as well as several original pieces in the chosen vernacular. Magris' approach remains straight-ahead, seasoned with his potent and well-trained playing. Nichols "Third World" swings over the complex head the enigmatic pianist used to compose it. Magris solos confidently, incorporating Thelonious Monk, Kenny Drew and Red Garland. The original "Mal Waldron's Dreams" captures Waldron's often dense introspection while Magris' interpretation of Neal Hefti's Theme From "The Odd Couple" is a pleasant breeze through a very familiar melody to 1970s television audiences. "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" is played haltedly, in a combination of Horace Silver and Wynton Kelly. Magris retains his native lyricism throughout and his support from bassist Elisa Pruett and drummers Albert "Tootie" Heath and Brian Steever batton down the hatches, keeping everything on the straight and narrow.
Track Listing: Third World; Young and Foolish; Sendai; Dianne; Mal Waldron’s Dreams;
Little Susan; Theme From “The Odd Couple;” Burbank Turnaround; I Can’t
Give You Anything But Love; Whatever Possessed Me; Audio Notebook.
Personnel: Roberto Magris: piano; Elisa Pruett: bass; Brian Steever: drums; Albert
There is a freedom and a sense of exhilaration in Jazz that is not found in any other music. Jazz is about finding freedom and a personal voice within a structure, and that is what
appeals to me most. I had a late start in jazz.
I was first exposed to jazz without any formal training by watching videos of Bill Evans, Chick Corea and Thelonious Monk in my 20's.
Later, I met Ahmad Jamal, Kenny Werner, Chick Corea, Martial Solal, Bernard Maury, Fred Hersh, Barry Harris, among many other musicians over the years.
The first jazz record I
bought was Keith Jarrett, The Melody at Night, with You and it is still one of the solo piano masterpiece in my view.
My advice to new listeners... Just enjoy it!
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