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Giovanni Guidi/Gianluca Petrella/Louis Sclavis/Gerald Cleaver : Ida Lupino

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Giovanni Guidi represents a promising new generation of Italian pianists, a group that includes Alessandro Lanzoni, Claudio Filippini, Domenico Sanna and Enrico Zanisi. Guidi’s strongest work to date is contained in trio albums like City of Broken Dreams and This Is the Day, both on ECM. They reveal an original piano talent, edgier than the lyrical players among his contemporaries, more poetic than the free players and more technically advanced than both.

Ida Lupino is a worthwhile experiment but a minor addition to his growing discography. The collective quartet here includes trombone virtuoso Gianluca Petrella, a long-term Guidi collaborator; Gerald Cleaver, a prominent postmodern drummer; and clarinetist Louis Sclavis, who met the other three for the first time in the recording studio.

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