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Giovanni Guidi Quartet

Rome, Italy

“A wonderful surprise” is how Enrico Rava, the patriarch of Italian jazz, described his first encounter with the sensational young pianist Giovanni Guidi some years back. Guidi, now all of 23, has gone on to work regularly with the great trumpeter, one of many accolades bestowed by the Italian scene, including a stint as artist in residence at Umbria Jazz 2006 and Indian Summer, a debut recording for Camjazz, home to pianists like John Taylor and Enrico Pieranunzi. His labelmates are both musicians who this emerging force in European jazz may well yet emulate and certainly, he carries Taylor's elegance with Piernanunzi’s swathes of Mediterranean colour. International recognition seems inevitable for this Italian original, who performs with his working quartet of bassist Stefano Senni, Portuguese drummer Joao Lobo and Rome based saxophonist Dan Kinzelman.