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Roberto Magris

International jazz pianist and composer Roberto Magris (b. 1959) from Trieste, Italy, has over 32 recordings to his credit and has toured in over 42 different countries in Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Australia, performing at top jazz clubs, theatres and festivals around the world. Since 2006, Magris has mainly focused his musical interests in the USA by becoming the leading recording artist and musical director of JMood Records, the Kansas City jazz label, releasing 18 CDs under his name (“Suite!”, “Sun Stone”, “World Gardens”, “Roberto Magris Sextet Live in Miami @ The WDNA Jazz Gallery”, which was chosen by Down Beat magazine as one of the best recordings of 2018, “Enigmatix”, “Aliens in a bebop planet” and “Morgan Rewind”, among the others)

A Step Into Light

Label: JMOOD* RECORDS
Released: 2020
Track listing: A Step Into Light; The Meaning of the Blues; What is this thing Called Love; Waltz for Sonny; Continued Light; Italy; Giulio; Lush Life; Our Blues; Here We Are.

Suite!

Label: JMOOD* RECORDS
Released: 2020
Track listing: Disc 1 — In the Wake of Poseidon; Sunset Breeze; A Message for a World to Come; Too Young to Go Steady; Suite!; Circles of Existence. Disc 2 (End of a) Summertime; Perfect Peace; (You’re My Everything) Yes I Am!; Love Creation; One with the Sun; Never Let Me Go; Chicago Nights; The Island of Nowhere; Imagine; Audio Notebook.

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Roberto Magris: Suite!

Read "Suite!" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran jazz pianist Roberto Magris expands his collaboration with the Kansas City-based JMood label, recording almost two hours of uncommon traditional jazz and offering a mixture of re-arranged standards and original compositions covering fifteen tracks, nicely presented in a double CD package. The majority of the session was recorded while in Chicago in November of 2018. ...

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Roberto Magris: Suite!

Read "Suite!" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Italian pianist/composer Roberto Magris could not have anticipated the urgent need for a positive message when he recorded Suite! in 2018. The newly released double album reflects Magris' belief that a better world is coming and his certainty is conveyed in a sprawling program of poetry, original compositions, and some surprising covers. He has recorded as ...

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Roberto Magris: Suite!

Read "Suite!" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Italian pianist Roberto Magris began his jazz career in the late 1970s, releasing a handful of excellent albums on Soul Note Records. He picked up steam in his collaboration with Kansas City's JMood Records in 2008 on Kansas City Outbound. As a pianist and a bandleader, Magris seems to have soaked up numerous influences--mid-sixties Blue Note ...

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Jazz in the Time of Pandemic

Read "Jazz in the Time of Pandemic" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The first week of April 2020: images crystalized the daily news reports; a dystopian Times Square; Piazza Navona in Rome, emptied of tourists, Barcelona's Basílica de la Sagrada Família standing like an abstract ruin, makeshift morgues in hospital parking lots. The jazz world is small but still a microcosm of society with interdependencies that run deep. ...

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The MUH Trio: A Step Into Light

Read "A Step Into Light" reviewed by Edward Blanco

One of Europe's top jazz trio groups is simply named The MUH Trio, with the acronym representing world-renowned Italian pianist Roberto Magris, and bassist Frantisek Uhlir and drummer Jaromir Helesic, both prominent on the European jazz scene, most notably in Prague. Though playing together for some time, A Step Into Light is the group's second album ...

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Roberto Magris And Two Good Czechs

Roberto Magris And Two Good Czechs

An Italian of Slovenian ancestry who grew up in Trieste, pianist Roberto Magris frequently tours in Europe with colleagues from a variety of European nations. He also works in in the United States, where he operates the record label called JMood. Here, we see and hear Magris a few weeks ago in the Birdland Jazz Club ...

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Roberto Magris Sextet: Sun Stone

Read "Sun Stone" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Roberto Magris, the prolific Italian pianist who spends a lot of his time in America, has recorded with several different types of groups in his career. This is his first outing with a new straight--ahead sextet that includes Chicago legend Ira Sullivan on alto and soprano saxophones and flute, and it is a strong one.


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