Big Band Ritmo Sinfonica Cittą Di Verona: Restless Spirits


Restless Spirits


Big Band Ritmo Sinfonica Cittą Di Verona


Restless Spirits: The Music of Roberto Magris (Velut Luna CVLD175)

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Roberto Magris (piano, Fender Rhodes),

Massimo Greco (trumpet), Daniele Rotunno (piano), Sbibu (percussion), Big Band Ritmo Sinfonica Cittą Di Verona conducted by Marco Pasetto


Composed by Roberto Magris


Recorded: Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy, September 28, 2008


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Pianist Roberto Magris, to whom this album is a tribute, also performs on it. However, the beautiful keyboard introduction of "Restless Spirits" is not played by Magris. It is the impressive work of Daniele Rotunno. But Magris follows closely behind on Fender Rhodes. The song is quite indicative of its title. There are several dramatic theme changes. The intro suggests a pensive ballad. Once the tune kicks in, though, you might think you're hearing a Broadway show turned dark movie musical, a sort of film noir West Side Story. Then as quickly as you can say "Natalie Wood," the music turns Latin groove with a fantastic solo performance from trumpeter Massimo Greco. Magris offers jazz shadings throughout to maintain the tune's cohesiveness. A rave-up percussion exhibition follows. There are quite a few restless spirits at work here. The best thing to do is to let them loose in whatever form they desire! Magris's compositions work well in the big band setting. They are melodious and full of interesting twists and turns that can be exploited by musicians who know what they are doing. Such is the case with the Big Band Ritmo Sinfonica Cittą Di Verona under the direction of Marco Pasetto.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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