Italian pianist Giovanni Guidi's ECM Records leader debut, City of Broken Dreams, fits in as a very fine addition to the label's ongoing introduction of a new guard of the art of the piano trio, European style. Recent entries into that elite club include Benedikt Jahnel's Equilibrium (2012), Stefano Battaglia's The River of Anyder (2011), and Stefano Bollani's Stone in the Water (2009), and The Marcin Wasilewski Trio's Faithful (2011)--excellent examples all, of piano players of a reflective approach, with deft touches, interactive trios and searching ways of taking on the form, as well as unabashed affinities for sonic beauty.read more
It seemed inevitable. After working with Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava on 2013's Michael Jackson tribute, Rava on the Dance Floor, and 2011's more intimate Tribe, it should come as no surprise that pianist Giovanni Guidi--the only connecting thread between those two records (other than, of course, Rava)--should find himself with an opportunity to make his own record for the label. City of Broken Dreams comes with its own intrinsic continuity; a trio session from the final days of 2011, it features João Lobo, Guidi's drummer who has graced the pianist's two previous Cam Jazz outings, the quartet-based Indian Summer (2007) ...read more
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