Alberto Popolla

clarinet & bass clarinet


Errico De Fabritiis

alto & baritone saxophone

Somewhere between Deep Blues and Creative Jazz

The Roots Magic core concept is about reworking tunes from the Deep Blues repertoire of the late Twenties/early Thirties, Charley Patton, Blind Willie Johnson, Skip James  Geeshie Wiley...  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, Ornette Coleman      

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.  Both their first two albums Hoodoo Blues & Roots Magic (2015) and Last Kind Words (2017) were released by Clean Feed Records and were voted among the best Jazz albums of the year by:  MusicaJazz Top Poll / Rai Radio3 / The Big City Blog  / New York City Jazz Record / Observador-Lisboa / Bill Shoemaker – Point of Departure / Stereogum / il Giornale della musica / Burning Ambulance / UK Jazz Radio / Controradio (I) and others

In 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018  Roots Magic was voted among the best 10 Italian bands in the MusicaJazz Top Poll.

Roots Magic appeared at festivals and clubs such as Konfrontationen (Nickelsdorf – Austria) Jazz Cerkno (Slovenia) Juke Joint Festival (Clarksdale MS – USA) Ai confini tra Sardegna e Jazz (St.Anna Arresi) Seixal Jazz (Portugal) Jazz & Wine of Peace (Cormons) Jazztopad (Wroklav – Poland) Elastic Arts (Chicago) Il Torrione Jazz Club (Ferrara) and many others


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