The music of Roberto Magris, there are four original compositions on Kansas City Outbound, the title track, "Iraqi Blues", "KC Inbound" and "Rainbow Eyes" all lend themselves to a feel that is reminiscent of a McCoy Tyner style. There is that percussive edginess, making great use of space and adding bright colours to accentuate his music.
The trio’s cover the standards with a fine and delicate touch, "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing", "Lonely Woman", "Darn That Dream" and "Alone Together" all carry a melancholy feel that gives rise to hope, love and beauty. "Alone Together" breaks out fast to swing madly. One of the best versions of "Darn That Dream", with a bass intro that actually describes the dream.
On the Andrew Hill composition "Reverend Du Bop" Magris opens with a beautiful sermon, note by note he builds the dynamic to introduce the band with a couple of well placed chords. Dr. Davis plays a free style pizzicato that transitions to col-arco and Zack Albetta mixes it up with a combination of syncopated brush and stick strokes.
The album closes fittingly with "Bye Bye Baby". Magris introduces the song with rapid keyboard work. The drummer, Zack Albetta, joins in and between the two of them they proceed to tear it up. An old style cutting contest, alla Art Tatum and Buddy Rich.