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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
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.