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An Italian quartet playing rootsy jazz and blues compositions from John Carter, Charley Patton, Julius Hemphill, Phil Cohran, Sun Ra, Blind Willie Johnson, Olu Dara, alongside and a few originals; gutsy, informed, spell-binding Hoodoo from the delta blues to outer space.

Roots Magic (Popolla / Defabriths / Tedeschi / Spera / Ventiucci)
Hoodoo Blues

Roots Magic (Popolla / Defabriths / Tedeschi / Spera / Ventiucci): Hoodoo Blues (Clean Feed)

Label: Clean Feed    
Released in: Portugal    

"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."-Clean Feed

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Product Information:

UPC: 5609063003376

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 337
Squidco Product Code: 20999

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded by Lucio Leoni at Insugherata Studio, assisted by Francesco Lo Sascio, Roma - Spring 2014.


Alberto Popolla-clarinets

Errico Defabriths-alto saxophone

Gianfranco Tedeschi-double bass

Fabrizio Spera-drums


Luca Ventiucci-organ, melodica, amplified zither

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Track Listing:

1. The HARD blues 6:13

2. UNITY 4:42

3. The SUNDAY AFTERNOON jazz and blues SOCIETY 5:21

4. Blues for AMIRI B. 5:37

5. DARK was the NIGHT 6:43

6. A CALL for all DEMONS 5:25

7. POOR me 4:57

8. The JOINT is JUMPING 5:48

9. I CAN'T WAIT till I get HOME 4:16

10. The SUNDAY AFTERNOON jazz and blues SOCIETY 5:49

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