ROOTS MAGIC

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Alberto Popolla

clarinet & bass clarinet



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Errico De Fabritiis

alto & baritone saxophone



Somewhere between Deep Blues and Creative Jazz

The Roots Magic core concept is about reworking tunes from the Delta Blues repertoire, Charley Patton, Blind Willie Johnson, Geeshie Wiley, Robert Johnson...  alongside with chosen compositions by Creative Jazz luminaries such as Julius Hemphill, John Carter, Marion Brown, Olu Dara, Phil Cohran, Sun Ra, Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Pee Wee Russell...       

A work of love and respect for these people and for some of the musics we grew up with


Roots Magic was born in Rome in 2013. Their first album, Hoodoo Blues & Roots Magic, was released by Clean Feed Records in July 2015 and it was voted as one of the best Jazz albums of the year by:  MusicaJazz Top PollPino Saulo-Rai Radio 3 / The Big City Blog  / New York City Jazz Record / Observador-Lisboa, Controradio (I) Charles Taylor– Reckless Records-Chicago

Last Kind Words, their second album on Clean Feed was released in July 2017 and it was voted as one of the best Jazz albums of 2017  by: Bill Shoemaker Point of Departure / Stereogum / The New York City Jazz Record / il Giornale della musica / Big City Blog / Burning Ambulance / Pino Saulo and Antonia Tessitore (Rai Radio 3) / UK Jazz (Radio) / Controradio (I) and others

In 2015, 2016 and 2017 Roots Magic appeared among the best 10 Italian bands in the MusicaJazz Top Poll. 

QUOTES

Italian quartet Roots Magic illuminate the links between rustic blues and earthy free jazz   Peter Margasak

Il repertorio dei Roots Magic parte dal blues delle origini –  quello più libero e meno codificato –  e  attraversa la storia della musica afroamericana, trovando legami non scontati con l’avanguardia degli anni ’60 e ’70, da John Carter a Julius Hemphill, da Phil Cohran a Sun Ra. E’ musica sanguigna, terrestre, di sofferenza e di gioia, palpitante di emozioni e di continue trasfigurazioni.  Pino Saulo