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Roberto Magris: Roberto Magris Sextet Live In Miami @ The WDNA Jazz Gallery

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Italian pianist and composer Roberto Magris is restless in his stylistic approach. With more than two-dozen recordings as a leader/co-leader he has covered numerous sub-genres in a variety of group formats. Magris' career is steeped in bebop but with Enigmatix (JMood Records, 2015), with his American trio, he takes a modern European jazz approach with an underlying global flavor. As co-leader of the MUH Trio on Prague After Dark (JMood, 2017), Magris and his Czech Republic partners opted for a ...

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The MUH Trio: The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark

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Dating back to the 1980s, Italian jazz pianist Roberto Magris had been working with jazz luminaries such as Kai Winding and Eddie Lockjaw Davis while also performing extensively with Eastern and Central European artists. Late in that decade he recorded three albums with his quartet/quintet formation on they performed across that same region. In the 1990s Magris developed an affinity for the Hammond organ and toured throughout the Americas in that capacity. Among the dozens of top artists he has ...

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The MUH Trio: Prague After Dark

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If experience really is the best teacher, meet three of Europe's most well-schooled jazz musicians who together make up the recently formed MUH Trio. The “M" is Italian pianist Roberto Magris (age fifty-eight), the “U" the sixty-seven-year-old Czech bassist Frantisek Uhlir, the “H" Czech drummer Jaromir Helesic, the trio's elder statesman at age seventy. On Prague After Dark, their debut recording as a unit, these seasoned pros prove time and again that there's precious little they don't ...

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The MUH Trio: The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark

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Italian pianist and bandleader Roberto Magris has been busy on several musical fronts. The first is his recent study of hard bop as evidenced by his recent J-Mood releases including Mating Call (2010), Morgan Rewind: A Tribute to Lee Morgan Vols. 1 & 2 (2012, 2013) and One Night in With Hope and More...Vols. 1 & 2 (2012, 2013). The second musical front Magris has been addressing is the rediscovery of overlooked masters as in the releases of Sam Reed ...

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Roberto Magris: Need to Bring Out Love

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Perhaps the best word with which to describe Italian-born pianist Roberto Magris is busy. Since launching his career in the late '70s, the fifty-six-year-old keyboardist has performed with a veritable who's who of jazz luminaries in forty-one countries, and Need to Bring Out Love is his twenty-seventh album as leader of his own groups (in this case his American trio). While that may seem a lot of mileage and studio time for someone who's still in mid-career, Magris has never ...

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Roberto Magris: Need to Bring Out Love

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Italian jazz pianist and maestro Roberto Magris follows up his highly-regarded Enigmatix (JMood Records, 2015) with the sequel Need to Bring Out Love delivering the same type of modern-styled contemporary sound that made the first album, so enticing. Known as a proponent of the straight ahead mainstream side of jazz and a lover of the standards, Magris shifted gears on the first recording deciding to showcase his talents as a composer by offering fresh new charts. On this sensational sequel, ...

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Roberto Magris: Enigmatix

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As a showcase for Italian-born pianist Roberto Magris' exceptional talents, Enigmatix works quite well. Magris, who has devoted several albums to the music of others (Lee Morgan, Elmo Hope, Cannonball Adderley) and shared center stage with saxophonists Herb Geller and Sam Reed on others, turns the spotlight on himself and his keyboard this time around in a program that encompasses five of his original compositions, Stevie Wonder's “My Cherie Amour" and Steely Dan's “Do It Again." In ...

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Roberto Magris: Enigmatix

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Since launching his professional career in the late 70s, Italian Pianist and maestro Roberto Magris, has become an international recording artist documenting over 26 albums, performs throughout Europe and in the United States regularly and has garnished a reputation as a world-class musician by anyone's standard. Leading many groups over his long and distinguished career, from trios to quartets, quintets to big bands, Magris has been most comfortable performing interpretations of time-honored standards or presenting fresh creative originals in the ...

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Roberto Magris Trio & Herb Geller: An Evening with Herb Geller & the Roberto Magris Trio: Live in Europe 2009

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Italian pianist Roberto Magris pays tribute to one of the most unheralded and exceptional alto saxophonist of our time on An Evening With Herb Geller & The Roberto Magris Trio: Live In Europe 2009, documenting the last recording before his passing in late 2013. A traditional old-style American saxophonist prominent as a West coast jazz master, Geller left the United States fifty-years ago after the death of his first wife and had been living in Hamburg, Germany making a living ...


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