Among the best of 2020

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Here is a  list of those who voted for Roots Magic in various annual polls of 2020


  • BANDCAMP – Dave Sumner – Best Jazz Album of 2020
  • RED HOOK STAR REVIEW (USA) – George Grella
  • SALT PEANUTS (SE) – Jan Granlie
  • TRACCE DI JAZZ (I) BesTracce Jazz 2020
  • ROSVOT (FI) Jazzpossu Top 5 2020


  • CONTRORADIO (I) Enrico Romero – Round Midnight Jazz and Great Black Music Radio Broadcast
  • BATTITI – Rai Radio 3 (I)
  • Pino Saulo, Alessandro Achilli – Best 5 records of 2020
  • JAZZMAN RADIO (UK) Peter Slavid – ‘European Modern Jazz On The Radio – Favourite albums of 2020
  • CONTATTO RADIO Popolare Network (I) Misterioso – Best of 2020


  • BLOWUP (I) Playlist 2020
  • MUSICA JAZZ (I) Top Jazz 2020


  • JAZZMESSENGERS (SP) Best Free Jazz & Avant-Garde Releases 2020

End of the year (2019) update

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Besides a few gigs (including a welcomed return to Sicily) we spent most of the fall working on the new album, our third for Clean Feed, which has been scheduled to be out in march 2020.
This will be another trip across the land of Deep Blues and Creative Jazz. The new repertoire includes highly reworked tunes by Skip James, Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, Charles Tyler, Ornette Coleman and Lee Perry (yes him!!!) plus new works on some of Roots Magic’s favourite composers, Charley Patton, Phil Cohran, John Carter and Sun Ra. All music was well recorded by Gabriele Conti at the Stone Recording Studio in Rome while mixing and mastering were made at the brand new Jambona Lab studio in Livorno by master Antonio Castiello with great assistance by Aldo de Sanctis. The new year will start off with some good gigs (see the “concerts” page) including a very welcomed appearance at the Padova Art Center concert series. That’s all for now and stay tuned for more updates.

Palermo – October 2019

U.S. April 2018 – a (dirt) road diary

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Exploring Chicago

Elastic Arts – April 5th

The Elastic gig

At Bob’s Blues & Jazz Mart with Bob Koester in person

Goin’ down south

At the Dockery Farms 

Searching for Charley Patton


The Riverside Hotel in Clarksdale ms

With Roger Stolle in front of the Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art inc.

Juke Joint Festival – The Cat Head gig, April 13th

Roots Magic and friends: with Mike and Joyce from Kansas

Folks in front of The Red’s, our favorite joint in Clarksdale

Hearts like railroad steel???







Juke Joint Festival: The New Roxy gig, April 12th

Juke Joint Festival – The Coahoma Collective gig, April 14th

Southern nights

Upcoming Gigs, latest news

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A bunch of upcoming gigs (check out the concerts page) including a Slovenian Premiere at the 23rd Jazz Cerkno Festival on May the 19th

Thursday  17th May

  • Orchester 33 1/3 (AUT)
  • Cene Resnik Free Stellar Trio & Rob Mazurek (SLO, ITA, USA)
  • Franz Kafka Ensemble (CRO)

Friday 18th May

  • Kaze (JPN, FRA)
  • Kaučič / Parker / Léandre / Fernández (SLO, GBR, FRA, SPA)
  • Chicago / London Underground (USA, GBR)

Saturday 19th May

  • Satoko Fujii – solo (JPN)
  • ICP Orchestra (NLD)
  • Igor Lumpert & Innertextures (SLO, USA)
  • Roots Magic (ITA)

looking forward !!!

Best Jazz Albums of 2017

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While Roots Magic appeared among the 10 best Italian Jazz groups in the Musica Jazz annual poll, Last Kind Words was voted as one of the best albums of 2017 by the following Jazz critics, online magazines, radios, blogs…
Stuart Broomer (Point of Departure)
Tom Hull (Blog)
Pino Saulo, Antonia Tessitore (Rai Radio 3)
UK Jazz (web radio)
George Grella (Brooklyn Rail, The Wire, Downbeat)
Kevin Koultas (Wxox)
Enrico Romero (Controradio)