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Alberto Popolla clarinets / Errico DeFabritiis alto sax / Gianfranco Tedeschi double bass / Fabrizio Spera drums

 Guest: Luca Venitucci Organ, Melodica, Amplified Zither

Recorded by Lucio Leoni at Insugherata Studio, assisted by Francesco Lo Cascio, Roma - Spring 2014 / Mixed by Lucio Leoni and Roots Magic at Monkey Studio,Roma, Summer 2014 / Mastered by Riccardo Parenti at Elephant M astering

Produced by Roots Magic / Executive production by Pedro Costa for Trem Azul / Design by Travassos

1) the HARD blues Julius Hemphill / 2 ) UNITY Phil Cohran / 3 ) the SUNDAY AFTERNOON jazz and blues SOCIETY John Carter / 4 ) blues for AMIRI B. E. Defabritiis / 5 ) DARK was the NIGHT Blind Willie Johnson / 6 ) a CALL for all DEMONS Sun Ra / 7 ) POOR me Charley Patton / 8 ) the JOINT is JUMPING G. Tedeschi / 9 ) I CAN'T WAIT till I get HOME Olu Dara / 10 ) the SUNDAY AFTERNOON jazz and blues SOCIETY (alternative take)

This is one more proof that jazz, and blues for that matter, turned to be a universal language. Roots Magic is an Italian quartet, and yes, they play the Blues. A sort of Avant-Garde Blues, to be more exact. The group consists of Alberto Popolla – clarinets, Errico Defabritiis – alto sax, Gianfranco Tedeschi – double bass and Fabrizio Spera – drums, plus guest Luca Venitucci – organ. Two of the tracks of this album are from members of the band but the main content is formed by covers. Some come from the Delta Blues repertoire (Blind Willie Johnson, Charley Patton) and are submitted to unusual arrangements, and others were composed by distinguished Free Jazz. musicians like Julius Hemphill, Phil Cohran, John Carter, Sun Ra and Olu Dara, and Roots Magic squeeze the blues out of it. The concept is marvelous and the results are magnificent. A multiple picture including open form ballads, Afro-funk numbers and highly energetic free-jazz. Maybe only non-African-Americans could manipulate the tradition like this, but it does sound American. Thank God we live in a global village and history isn’t something to keep stored at a museum.