KANSAS CITY OUTBOUND

Roberto Magris Trio

JMood 000 

Tracks:

1. Kansas City Outbound (Roberto Magris)
2. I Fall In Love Too Easily (Cahn/Styne)
3. Iraqi Blues (Roberto Magris)
4. A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing (Billy Strayhorn)
5. KC Inbound (Roberto Magris)
6. Reverend Du Bop (Andrew Hill)
7. Rainbow Eyes (Roberto Magris)
8. Bemsha Swing (Thelonious Monk)
9. Lonely Woman (Benny Carter)
10. Darn That Dream (Burke/Van Heusen)
11. Alone Together (Dietz/Schwartz)
12.  Bye Bye Baby (Cahn/Styne)
Total Time: 65.42
1. Kansas City Outbound (Roberto Magris)
2. I Fall In Love Too Easily (Cahn/Styne)
3. Iraqi Blues (Roberto Magris)
4. A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing (Billy Strayhorn)
5. KC Inbound (Roberto Magris)
6. Reverend Du Bop (Andrew Hill)
7. Rainbow Eyes (Roberto Magris)
8. Bemsha Swing (Thelonious Monk)
9. Lonely Woman (Benny Carter)
10. Darn That Dream (Burke/Van Heusen)
11. Alone Together (Dietz/Schwartz)
12.  Bye Bye Baby (Cahn/Styne)
Total Time: 65.42

ROBERTO MAGRIS - acoustic piano

ART DAVIS - acoustic bass

JIMMY "JUNEBUG" JACKSON - drums (on # 1, 2, 3, 8)

ZACK ALBETTA - drums (on # 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12)

Credits:

Recorded on July 2nd and 3rd , 2007 at Chapman Recording Studios, Kansas City, USA

Engineer: Justin Mantooth

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LINER NOTES:

As musical relationships go, the one between pianist Roberto Magris and bassist-turned-psychologist Art Davis was short, but intense and oh so sweet.

They met in Los Angeles – Davis’ adopted home since 1986 – in October 2006, when Magris was in the U.S. under the auspices of L.A.’s Italian Cultural Institute. Davis – who continued to keep a full schedule as a bassist in addition to teaching and running a non-profit organization – joined the pianist’s quartet for two evenings at Catalina’s Jazz Club in Hollywood. They played a third time in a trio at the Jazz Bakery, and wrapped up with a set of duets in Santa Monica, where Davis had a long-standing Sunday gig at the Ritz Carlton.

“It all turned out very cool, onstage and offstage,” recalls Magris. “On one side I think that Dr. Art felt my awareness, respect and knowledge of the jazz tradition, and on the other side I felt that he really appreciated my pianism.”

Magris returned to his home in Italy, but eight months later he reunited with the 72-year-old bassist in Kansas City, along with drummer Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson – the 21-year veteran of life on the road with B-3 master Jimmy Smith. Together, they played a tribute to the recently departed Jay McShann at the American Jazz Museum and reconvened the following day in the studio.

The title track catches Magris in a John Coltrane state of mind, improvising with some dark, dense chords reminiscent of McCoy Tyner and drawing Davis back to his collaboration with Trane on Africa/Brass, Ascension, Olé! Coltrane and the alternate takes of A Love Supreme. With a muscular tone and unerring, majestic touch, Davis reminds us why he was the only bassist with an open invitation to jam with Trane’s classic quartet, and an ongoing favorite of Alice Coltrane’s after her husband’s death.

Magris says he chose “I Fall In Love Too Easily” to take advantage of Davis’ “slow, rolling walk,” which is much in evidence here – stark contrast to the pianist’s angular phrasing and unexpected accents.

The otherworldly introduction to “Iraqi Blues” seems to speak to lost souls, and Magris says: “There is no political statement behind the title except the aim to recall the memory of people who died there, no matter who was right and who was wrong.” A strong touchpoint in his conception was Stanley Cowell’s 1969 “Blues For The Viet Cong.”

Billy Strayhorn’s gorgeous “A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing” was brought to mind by Davis’ recording of it with Herbie Hancock on the bassist’s 1995 recording A Time Remembered. Magris’ solo take on it is rendered stately and timeless by his extraordinarily precise fingering and light touch.

The scene shifts to the next day – when the young Kansas City-based drummer Zack Albetta joined Magris and Davis – and, as before, Magris opens the session with an improvisation that he relates to the influence of Denny Zeitlin.

When he recorded it on his 1978 Artists House album From California With Love Andrew Hill rendered his composition “Reverend Du Bop” as a meandering abstraction. Here, Magris tightens the focus while respecting Hill’s signature obtuse angles. Davis is extremely judicious in his note selection before switching to arco for one piquant chorus.

“Rainbow Eyes” is dedicated to the pianist’s beloved, and again, Strayhorn’s influence is much in evidence. Strays for lovers? Always.

Davis sets out the theme of Thelonious Monk’s “Bemsha Swing,” and the trio (with Jackson back on drums) bounces it between them – having so much fun, says Magris, that they almost forgot the arrangement they had worked out.

“Lonely Woman” – Benny Carter’s, not Ornette Coleman’s – was a gift left to Magris by saxophonist Herb Geller after they recorded the 2003 Soul Note release Il Bello Del Jazz together. He plays it pretty here; edging toward a stride style with deliberate phrasing.

Davis begins “Darn That Dream” with a distracted-sounding solo – like a man waking from confusing sleep – and he continues to set up tension through the piece with accompaniment that slips out of phase with Magris’ lead.

“Alone Together” is the sound of a band grooving hard. Davis is way up in the mix, setting a bustling pace and swinging effortlessly.

“Bye Bye Baby” maintains the pace, with Magris striking an unusually bravura stance that finds him chewing up the changes like Oscar Peterson as he duets with Albetta.

Peterson, Tyner, Cowell, Hill, Monk, Ellington… the roll call of great pianists present in spirit in Kansas City on these two days continues with one other who Davis felt Magris conjured the first time they met: “the Legendary Hassan.” Hassan Ibn Ali (born William Langford in 1931) is little more than a legend a couple of decades after his death. His recorded legacy is a mere single disc made with Davis and drummer Max Roach in 1964 and released under Roach’s name. A second recording with saxophonist Odean Pope was never released and the tapes are rumored to have been lost in a fire. But, like Robert Johnson, Hassan’s legacy can’t be contained by two shadowy recording sessions. A ubiquitous – albeit mysterious – figure on Philadelphia’s jazz scene in the ‘50s, Hassan is credited by Coltrane biographer Lewis Porter with opening the saxophonist’s ears to new harmonic possibilities. Jimmy Heath has said, “Hassan was Cecil Taylor before Cecil Taylor.”

“’You play like Hassan,’ Dr. Art told me,” says Magris. “’Your sound and concept remind me of him.’ I’d never heard the name before. I’d completely missed him, even though I’d listened to most of the pianists from the history of jazz, and studied many of them, too. When I was a young musician I learned day by day, listening to LPs and checking out names and styles, including some of the most obscure and forgotten ones, but I’d never heard of Hassan. Dr. Art said that the session with Hassan was one of the best sessions he ever played.”

Art Davis’ words carried authority, just like the man himself carried authority. His stand against discrimination at the New York Philharmonic shone a light on the continuing racism in U.S. symphonies, and his application of cello fingering to the double bass helped revolutionize the way the instrument was played. A giant figure, Davis died just three weeks after this, his last recording session.

“I still keep the image of him standing in the studio in front of me,” says Magris. “I am very proud to have shared a stage with him and to have these recordings. I think that Hassan and Max Roach would enjoy them.”

James Hale is a regular contributor to DownBeat and Signal To Noise, and the co-author of The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues.

 

 

 

JMOOD RECORDS..."A SOUND CHOICE "NEW" CD RELEASE

Kansas City, Missouri, September 22, 2019. JMood Records is pleased to announce the CD release of “SunStone” by The Roberto Magris Sextet.”

 “Over a thousand years ago, jazz impresario Paul Collins states, “very talented sailors were able to navigate oceans and seas without the use of magnetic compasses and at the times even maps!

Since then, scientists have discovered in sunken ships of long ago, what appears to be a magical crystal or Iceland spar, better known as sunstone.

Despite heavy clouds, fog, other obstacles or devices used around the Polar Regions, these amazing sailors were able to find their ships position in relationship to the Sun, which, attributed to their amazing navigational success.

How did these “stones” (Iceland spar) only referred to in poems of ancient times, but, more recently discovered, assist in navigation?

When sunstone splits light in two polarized rays, what is seen has two levels of brightness (double fraction). When the sunstone is adjusted to where the brightness of both images are equal, then, the sunstone is found to be aligned with the Sun. That ability makes navigation much easier and in many different weather conditions. For example, even when the Sun is behind clouds! What a marvelous natural phenomenon!

When compared to stones, however, humans are far superior and even more amazing in what they can accomplish with singleness of design.

With the music of “SunStone”, although two different creative individuals are involved with its design and features from different parts of the Earth, Roberto and I had a single vision; to create another great jazz project. But, this time using a new cast of truly amazing musical “sailors”!

I implore you to search and discover what we have found together by means of music, musicians and a host of supporting shipmates!

 This is our “SunStone”!”

 JMood Records…A Sound Choice™ is an independent record label based in Kansas City, Missouri. Its mission is to create great music with audio clarity and compelling art.  It looks at a world view that will create space for the label to grow, celebrate and compete in its own success.  Each composition is hand crafted and the artists are selected for their musical talent, potential and contribution to the whole, which makes the music, teem with life! Our products follow similar patterns of other successful and creative types, artists, and entrepreneurs around the world. They are envisioned from beginning to end, as if each product is alive in our minds, hearts, then hands, as we welcome it to the world! Our products are available worldwide, on our website at www.jmoodrecords.com, CD Baby.com, Pandora Radio, Amazon.com and where fine quality audio products are sold around the world! Buy us.

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For more information about our products, to schedule an interview, book quality artists or for consultation please contact Paul Collins, JMood Records @ paulcollins-pcami@kc.rr.com or 816.377.1950 or contact us via our website @ www.jmoodrecords.com

JMOOD RECORDS..."A SOUND CHOICE..."NEW" CD RELEASE

JMood Records is pleased to announce the CD release of “World Gardens” by The Roberto Magris Quartet.”

 “This music remains rooted in the jazz tradition. It uses the modern jazz idioms, but, will move in different directions as we match some African type rhythms with some European melodic concepts and harmonies, Asian sensibilities and classic scales although we stir up some pop and rock references that include present urban experiences to reach a sort of modern jazz melting pot. A beautiful concept and appropriate title,” says jazz impresario Paul Collins, JMood Records. “As we accept one another and cultures from around the world, we will once again see a burst in innovation and creativity!  A beautiful…World Garden!”“We are not monarchs or emperors from the past,” Paul Collins continues, “so, we can tear down those walls physically, mentally and musically to enjoy all that life has to offer.  This is not just pie in the sky! Roberto and I have both experienced walls torn down physically in (Europe) and mentally in (America). ““Afterward, there was a burst in innovation and creativity! Now we have radios, T.V’s, cell phones, computers, cars, trains, planes, spaceships, and this great jazz music, as people endeavor to explore and connect to the wide world within our reach.”    

 JMood Records…A Sound Choice™ is an independent record label based in Kansas City, Missouri. Its mission is to create great music with audio clarity and compelling art.  It looks at a world view that will create space for the label to thrive, revel and compete with its own success.  Each composition is hand crafted and the artists are selected for their musical talent, potential and contribution to the whole, which makes the music, burst with life! Our products follow similar patterns of other successful and creative types, artists and entrepreneurs around the world. They are envisioned from beginning to end as a whole, as if each product is alive in our hands and fingers as we welcome it! Our products are available worldwide, on our website at www.jmoodrecords.com, CD Baby.com, Pandora Radio, Amazon.com and where fine quality audio products are sold around the world! Buy us.

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For more information about our products, to schedule an interview, book quality artists or for consultation please contact Paul Collins, JMood Records @ paulcollins-pcami@kc.rr.com or 816.377.1950 or contact us via our website @ www.jmoodrecords.com

JMOOD RECORDS..."A SOUND CHOICE..." NEW CD RELEASE

JMood Records is pleased to announce the release of the CD “Roberto Magris Sextet Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery”.

 “Saturday, February 6, 2016 was a bright sunny beautiful day, but, a more exciting and electric evening in Miami, Florida, one I won’t soon forget”, recalls Paul Collins, jazz impresario from Kansas City, Missouri, “it was my first time in Miami! I remember rushing around and driving frantically from Fort Lauderdale trying to get to Miami just in time for a group rehearsal at WDNA Jazz Gallery of the program material for later that evening. It was at that time I met for the first time the outstanding Grammy Award Winning Trumpeter Brian Lynch, Chuck Bergeron and John Yarling who would make up a large portion of the sextet along with two “young lions”. This was a unit put together by my friend and co-producer Edward Blanco. Upon my return that night was a thrill packed audience waiting to hear the music of international jazz pianist Roberto Magris, from Trieste, Italy accompanied by our new musical family from the Miami area. What occurred that evening was nothing less than spectacular! We had so much good material and such a warm embracing response from our audience toward the performance; it was difficult to narrow the final selection of music to just one lively and enthusiastic audio CD. The audience simply roars with pleasurable shouts and applause. Finally, this beautiful evening of music is available for you to hear, enjoy and celebrate with us.”           

 JMood Records is an independent jazz label based in Kansas City, Missouri that has a global footprint. It was created to produce quality recordings with a passion for the jazz tradition and high quality audio. Our boutique catalogue has a variety of audio products and a rare pedigree of artists directly connected to the early movements and innovations of jazz. It embraces the next generation of jazz artist while paying tribute to the innovators of the jazz tradition; the engine that propels our growth and signature sound. With the distinguished ear and jazz aficionado in mind , our products are best enjoyed in the car, home theatre, digital device or at a "live" performance.

JMood Records...A Sound Choice...At the intersection of arts and audio!™

 Our products are available on our website at www.jmoodrecords.com , CD Baby.com, Pandora Radio, Amazon.com and a number of distributors around the world!

JMOOD RECORDS..."A SOUND CHOICE..." NEW CD RELEASE

JMood Records is pleased to announce the release of “Prague After Dark”. This is the latest jazz project from Roberto Magris and his European jazz trio.

In fact, this trio is not so new at all! Roberto Magris, Frantisek Uhlir and Jaromir Helesic have been friends for over 25 years and performed in Prague and around Europe a number of times together since the 1980’s. Only recently have they decided to come back together and continue to create more music together.

The project is superb! Only a few standards are sprinkled in this project, the rest are original compositions by Magris and Uhlir.

Prague is a vibrant jazz town.  Both Frantisek and Jaromir are well known in Prague and throughout Europe for being of the best.

It is only 4,920 miles and just a little over 10 hours from Kansas City, Missouri to Prague, Czech Republic but this unit performs accessible jazz. “I was very excited to have Roberto performing with a great jazz unit in Europe”, says Paul Collins, jazz impresario from Kansas City. The music is fresh and captivating. With every listen I am totally absorbed in the music and only come to my senses when it is finished playing. There are more performances scheduled and other recording plans for this great European jazz unit. Keep your eyes and ears fixed on this great musical team”! 

Regards, Paul Collins

The CD  liner notes are written by Edward Blanco, Producer and Host of WDNA jazz radio and staff writer with AllAboutJazz.com

JMOOD RECORDS...A SOUND CHOICE "NEW" CD RELEASE

JMood Records is pleased to announce the release of the “New” Roberto Magris Trio CD entitled “Need to Bring Out Love”.

 “Need to Bring Out Love is a beautifully written straight-ahead jazz project by the Italian jazz pianist and Maestro Roberto Magris. The project boasts six original compositions with two cover tunes. One is an amazing energy packed arrangement of jazz pianist Don Pullen’s “Joycie Girl” and the second introduces the jazz world to and our “new” versatile jazz vocalist Julia Haile. The final track and CD title is a creative soul call for love, followed by our original Audio Notebook,” says Paul Collins of JMood Records.

 “Recently I attended a classic opera that delivered tons of music sound tracks and visual drama by the great Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti entitled “L’eliser d’amore” (The Elixir of Love). In it, Nemorino is looking for courage to declare his love for Adina. Unfortunately, an army officer Sergeant Belcore comes to town and falls in love with Adina. This leaves Nemorino looking for an elixir that would make Adina fall in love with him instead. The travelling salesman Dr. Dulcamara makes claims to have the cure all, in fact, an elixir of love.” His claim proves false, or does it? Nemorino is willing to spend all his money to have this love elixir.”  

 “Need to Bring Out Love is our jazz elixir of love. It will make you move about, tap your feet, reflect and find relative peace and yes, possibly love in these trying times. Dr. Dulcamara’s cure was nothing more than a cheap bottle of wine; however, for Nemorino, it was all he needed to find the courage and love of his life. I am not a doctor like Dulcamara, just a lover of this music called jazz. This in fact is my elixir. It cures most all my pains and solves most of my problems. Please take time to try this music and see for yourself.”  Musically yours, Paul Collins, JMood Records.          

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