Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Giovanni Guidi, Ida Lupino
The program is made up of a number of collective improvisations, some memorable compositional collaborations between Guidi and Petrella, and the iconic Carla Bley piece "Ida Lupino," the latter a dual tribute to Carla Bley on her 80th birthday and to the lifework of her former partner, pianist Paul Bley, who introduced the song to us and made it a classic.
The what of the album is on an equal footing with the how. All four turn in beautiful performances that make this a quartet of genuine distinction. The rapport between Guidi and Petrella is exceptional, but then the four-way of Guidi-Petrella-Sclava-Cleaver is no less so.
It is one of those albums that hangs together from first-to-last, a landmark release of the 2016 season, much deserving of your undivided attention.
This is music of the ages, and of course music of our current age par excellence.