Roberto Magris Europlane: No Sadness
Il Bello del Jazz (EWS/Euroways 121395)
Darko Jurkovic (guitar), Rudi Engel (bass), Gabriele Centis (drums).
Composed by Roberto Magris.
Recorded: Trieste, Italy, August 2003
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Italian pianist and composer Roberto Magris is a veteran of countless European jazz festivals, has played in more than 30 countries and recorded 16 albums. He has collaborated with many of Europe's finest musicians and served as sideman to such notables as Kai Winding and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis. He is a favorite of jazz critic Ira Gitler, from whose liner notes much of this information is gleaned. Magris formed the Europlane Orchestra in 1998, and in one form or another that name has been placed on some of his projects since.
According to Gitler, "No Sadness" started its life as a rock ballad and had been recorded that way on an earlier album. This version is certainly not that. This interpretation is a jazz ballad featuring a lovely melody supported by a quasi-Latin beat. Magris is a gifted player blessed with a subtle touch. He is matched in tone and purpose by guest saxophonist Herb Geller, known for his West Coast leanings developed in the vortex of the late-'50s movement. Guitarist Darko Jurcovic's playing also fits perfectly into the mix. These are professional players performing traditional jazz with taste and skill. You could do much worse than spending your time listening to them. No sadness heard here.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky