I have recently been digging the work of Italian jazz pianist/composer Roberto Magris, and my listening life is all the richer for it. Whether you love full-blooded, in-the-swinging-tradition piano; or exploratory, forward-searching compositions; or rhythmic, funky fun, Magris’ music is a rich discovery.
Born in Italy in 1959, Magris can play lyrical, swinging, bebop jazz with alto great Herb Geller (An Evening with Herb Geller & The Roberto Magris Trio, JMood Records). He can compose and play modern, impossibly catchy, funky jazz (Enigmatix, JMood Records). Or Magris can compose and play futuristic-yet-grounded-in-roots music (as he does on the two cd masterwork, Aliens In A Bebop Planet, JMood Records, which deals with how bebop might sound to an alien landing on Earth).