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Roberto Magris & Edward Blanco | Roberto Magris Sextet Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery

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Roberto Magris Sextet Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery

by Roberto Magris & Edward Blanco

This is a "Live" performance at the WDNA Jazz Gallery in Miami, Florida that was captured on an audio recording featuring original compositions by JMood Recording Artist and International jazz pianist from Trieste, Italy, Roberto Magris
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. African Mood (Live)
Roberto Magris
11:39 $0.99
2. What Blues? (Live)
Roberto Magris
8:33 $0.99
3. Song for an African Child (Live)
Roberto Magris
10:00 $0.99
4. April Morning (Live)
Roberto Magris
9:57 $0.99
5. Chachanada (Live)
Roberto Magris
9:32 $0.99
6. Il Bello Del Jazz (Live)
Roberto Magris
9:50 $0.99
7. A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing (Live)
Roberto Magris
5:46 $0.99
8. Standard Life (Live)
Roberto Magris
9:17 $0.99
9. Blues for My Sleeping Baby
Edward Blanco
2:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
Italian pianist and composer Roberto Magris has been an international recording artist for decades who has close to thirty albums to his credit and has performed in 41 countries throughout the world including the United Sates, but had never been to Miami, Florida, where I happen to live. One day, I mentioned to him that the next time he traveled to this country, to seriously consider a visit to Miami and performing in the WDNA Jazz Gallery at the jazz radio station where I serve as a member of the Board of Trustees and host a weekly radio show.
Magris, and Paul Collins, owner and Executive Producer of the Kansas City-based JMood Records label, which has produced many of Roberto’s recent albums, enthusiastically took me up on the offer and thus, on Saturday, February 6th Roberto Magris made his debut appearance in Miami, Florida leading a stellar sextet of musicians from the talent-rich jazz scene in South Florida. Appearing with Roberto—in the jazz gallery of the area’s only full-time jazz station at WDNA, 88.9FM (www.wdna.org) –were Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Brian Lynch, bassist extraordinaire Chuck Bergeron as well as John Yarling, one of the most in-demand drummers in the business—all educators from The University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Rounding out the sextet were tenor saxophonist Jonathan Gomez and drummer/percussionist Murph Aucamp—two UM musicians and young jazz lions in the making.
Aside from being one of the finest jazz pianist on the planet, Roberto also happens to be an extremely talented composer and on the evening of the concert, with the exception of two standards, “April Morning,” from Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Billy Strayhorn’s “A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing,” the sextet performed a host of Magris originals of which, only a select few were culled for this album. The magical evening of straight ahead, hard-bop jazz, began with an applause-laden introduction from the live audience leading to the opening and propulsive “African Mood” first recorded on the pianists’ 2005 Check-In album. Brian Lynch sets the tone here with his high-pitch trumpet, followed by a solid solo from Gomez and a sensational, aggressive piano solo from the master himself.
Having an affinity for the blues, Magris includes two blues-styled originals in the set with the fast-paced “What Blues?” and the more mellow-toned “Maliblues” before moving on to the contemporary burner “Song for an African Child,” all showcasing superb solo moments from the band. While most of the music happens to be upbeat, lively and highly-charged, there were a couple of pieces where the leader and the band performed with a warmth and gentleness expected when phrasing a love song or a ballad as Roberto and the band did on the beautiful rendition of Kirk’s “April Morning.”

After returning to the main theme of the live date, on the Magris Latin-styled “Chachanada” (appropriate for the Miami audience) and the hard-bop-moving “Il Bello Del Jazz,” Magris enchanted those in attendance with an outstanding breakout solo performance on “A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing,” the finale piece of the concert leaving the audience standing and applauding for more. Those who were not previously familiar with Roberto Magris, left the jazz gallery that night knowing that they have just heard a pianist and a band they would not soon forget.
As for me—a writer (for Allaboutjazz.com) and jazz critic who has reviewed many of his previous albums and having the honor of writing the notes for one of them—a long-time admirer of this great artist and his music, the performance at this concert, more than affirmed my long-held assessment of Roberto as a world-class musician. I am very happy to have played a small part in bringing this enormous talent to the stage here in Miami and more than that, I am proud to call Roberto Magris, my friend.
I hope everyone who is fortunate enough to sample this album, will enjoy thoroughly the music contained herein as much as Roberto, the musicians of the group, Paul Collins of JMood Records and I, have enjoyed bringing it to you!
Edward Blanco Member of WDNA Board of Trustees,



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