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With Prague After Dark, Magris initiates a new, European trio, MUH (for Magris and Czechs bassist Frankisek Uhlir and drummer Jaromir Helesic). The result is a very urban European offering of mainstream jazz trio music with just enough twists and turns to keep even the most jaded listener on his or her toes. His standards choices are interesting, an angular, swinging reading of Herbie Nichols' "Third World" where Magris' solo perfectly melds with Nichols craggy melody, a lyrically percussive presentation of Don Pullen's "Joycie Girl," and the Kern/Robin "In Love In Vain," played with flowing cross-rhythms maintained by drummer Helesic. Magris' compositional skills are fully on display with the playful minor-key blues "Another More Blues" and the surprisingly paced "Iraqi Blues." These pieces stretch the boundaries of off-time playing, generating music demanding attention. Bassist Uhlir contributes the light samba, "Nenazvana," where Magris allows the composer broad lyrical space. Uhlir opens his "Heart to Heart" arco with Magris providing sensitive ballad support. Prague After Dark is a clean scrubbed noir suite of new music.
I love jazz because is intense, human, creative.
I was first exposed to jazz by Bitches Brew a Miles Davis record.
The best show I ever attended was Michael Brecker Quartet with Joey Calderazzo, James Genus and Jeff Tain Watts at Punta del Este Jazz Festival.
The first jazz record I bought was Heavy Weather by Weather Report.