GIOVANNI GUIDI, GIANLUCA PETRELLA, LOUIS SCLAVIS, GERALD CLEAVER
Ida Lupino

album cover: Ida Lupino

02.09.16

ECM

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  • GIOVANNI GUIDI
    • Piano
  • GIANLUCA PETRELLA
    • Trombone
  • LOUIS SCLAVIS
    • Clarinet
    • Bass clarinet
  • GERALD CLEAVER
    • Drum
album cover: Ida Lupino

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Ida Lupino - foto di: Ph. Caterina De Perri
Ida Lupino - foto di: Ph. Caterina De Perri

Ph. Caterina De Perri

I think the music on Ida Lupino is, above all, quite sincere. It's a revealing portrait of a specific point in our individual musical journeys, a photograph of what we managed to create together at that moment. And this would have been impossible without Manfred, in a certain sense, the fifth musician on the record. He listened to each note, each sound in detail. The record was entirely recorded and mixed over the course of three days, just as ECM tradition would have it. When we listen to the record, we remain transfixed by the level of subtlety and detail it contains, which radically transforms the nature of the music.


Giovanni Guidi offers his formidable chops in service of ensemble imperatives, while always letting listeners know that he can execute any idea he might think of
(Ted Panken , Downbeat)


Tracklist

  1. 1 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
    ( Giovanni Guidi, Gianluca Petrella, Gerald Cleaver )
    06:42
  2. 2 Just Tell Me Who It Was
    ( Giovanni Guidi, Gianluca Petrella )
    03:39
  3. 3 Jeronimo
    ( Giovanni Guidi, Gianluca Petrella )
    04:05
  4. 4 Ida Lupino
    ( Ida Lupino )
    04:28
  5. 5 Per I Morti di Reggio Emilia
    ( Fausto Amodei )
    07:19
  6. 6 Gato!
    ( Giovanni Guidi, Gianluca Petrella, Gerald Cleaver )
    09:37
  7. 7 La Terra
    ( Giovanni Guidi, Gianluca Petrella )
    06:02
  8. 8 No More Calypso
    ( Giovanni Guidi, Gianluca Petrella, Louis Sclavis, Gerald Cleaver )
    04:00
  9. 9 Rouge Lust
    ( Giovanni Guidi, Gianluca Petrella, Louis Sclavis, Gerald Cleaver )
    06:12
  10. 10 Things We Never Planned
    ( Giovanni Guidi, Gianluca Petrella, Gerald Cleaver )
    05:20
  11. 11 Fidel Show
    ( Giovanni Guidi, Gianluca Petrella, Gerald Cleaver )
    05:08
  12. 12 Hard Walk
    ( Giovanni Guidi, Gianluca Petrella, Gerald Cleaver )
    05:39
  13. 13 Zweig
    ( Giovanni Guidi, Gianluca Petrella )
    02:4
  14. 14 The Gam Scorpions
    ( Giovanni Guidi, Gianluca Petrella )
    06:46

Credits

RECORDED
FEBRUARY 2015
AUDITORIO STELIO MOLO RSI, LUGANO

ENGINEER
STEFANO AMERIO

COVER
FOTINI POTAMIA

PRODUCED BY
MANFRED EICHER
  • Interview with Guidi, Petrella, Sclavis, Cleaver


Pianist Giovanni Guidi and trombonist Gianluca Petrella, key figures in what some are hailing as a “golden age” of Italian jazz, found their strong improvisational rapport inside Enrico Rava’s band (see for instance the 2010 ECM album Tribe) and, keen to play more, formed a duo, giving many concerts in which they are intermittently joined by guests. For this studio recording, producer Manfred Eicher brought the duo together with US drummer Gerald Cleaver and French clarinetist Louis Sclavis, for an outgoing set of music which includes lyrical free improvising and tunes composed by Giovanni and Gianluca. The piece called “Gato!” tips the hat to Mr Barbieri, and title track “Ida Lupino” serves double duty as a salute to composer Carla Bley in her 80th year (Petrella once played in a big band under Carla’s direction) and as a tribute to Paul Bley, who popularized the tune and influenced so many improvisers (not least Giovanni Guidi). ECM Records


Ida Lupino feels fresh and creative, an album clearly made by musicians who know how to listen. This is no surprise, as pianist Giovanni Guidi and trombonist Gianluca Petrella have honed their relationship over years of touring as a duo. But in this context, they have expanded into a quartet, with the addition Gerald Cleaver and Louis Sclavis, musicians Petrella describes as "two masters of contemporary jazz whose approach feels close to our own."


Guidi and Petrella had already recorded with Cleaver in Guidi's record "We Don't Live Here Anymore," but this is their first collaboration with Sclavis, recorded at the Auditorium Stelio Molo RSI in Lugano, Switzerland.
"This is a precious kind of musical relationship," says Sclavis. "On the one hand, it is very delicate, fragile perhaps, but at the same time, there is a very strong connection between all of us. We don't know where we are going, but we have a certain degree of control over the journey towards the music."
"In this record, we are searching for many different things," says Guidi. "Improvised music must necessarily be very democratic. The stronger your musical concept is, the clearer it becomes that you must not seek to impose it on the others."
Gerald Cleaver: "I liked the very open way that Giovanni and Gianluca had of approaching me and this project: they never told me what the wanted from me, but they had a basic plan, and all I had to do was surrender to the music. It could have been difficult, but in the end it felt really natural."

 


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