Roberto Magris: Iraqi Blues


Iraqi Blues


Roberto Magris (piano)


Kansas City Outbound (PCAMI)

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Roberto Magris (piano),

Art Davis (bass), Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson (drums)


Composed by Roberto Magris


Recorded: Kansas City, Kansas, July 2007


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Given the political climate in which we have lived in the United States during recent years, it's difficult to imagine an American musician showing enough empathy with the Iraqi people to name a song for them. Italian pianist and composer Roberto Magris felt no such constraints. He also believed that "Iraqi Blues" didn't have to be some sort of dirge. It is an upbeat and driving jazz blues. From time to time, Magris's energetic solos even have the feel of a Ramsey Lewis groove. (Albeit they do come with a Middle Eastern tinge reminiscent of "A Night in Tunisia.") Bassist Art Davis and drummer Jimmy Johnson get long solo space. Magris punctuates their fine performances with well-placed block chords. "Iraqi Blues" is a hopeful and uplifting blues. Here's wishing the same spirit behind it can someday permeate Iraq itself.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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