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Album of the week: Giovanni Guidi, Ojos De Gato, CAM Jazz *****

The eyes have it. You may never have heard the world-class Italian pianist Giovanni Guidi in such a fiery setting. The theme is a tribute to the Argentinian saxophonist Gato Barbieri who died in 2016 who is remembered for his huge spiritual tone …

Published: 9 Jul 2021. Updated: 14 days.

The eyes have it. You may never have heard the world-class Italian pianist Giovanni Guidi in such a fiery setting. The theme is a tribute to the Argentinian saxophonist Gato Barbieri who died in 2016 who is remembered for his huge spiritual tone and for his wildly expressive tango-influenced and Coltrane-inspired work on such albums as the sensuous soundtrack for the film Last Tango in Paris and albums on the Flying Dutchman and Impulse labels. And you may additionally fail to easily forgive yourself for any number of reasons say through lack of any publicity much hitherto if this does not gravitate to the top of your listening choices at the moment immediately.

In the Gato role is free-player James Brandon Lewis who is perfect here (his Live in Willisau drummer partner Chad Taylor is also on Ojos De Gato) and gets better and better year after year as his already titanic reputation goes deservedly into interstellar overdrive. Ojos De Gato was recorded at a studio in Astoria, New York, in February last year.

Guidi also ultilises Fender Rhodes on Ojos De Gato and has a different playing profile completely to his quietly intense piano trio on say his masterpiece This Is The Day. Gianluca Petrella's trombone sound makes a telling contribution through its sheer expressiveness in key passages. Francisco Mela adds very fine latinate percussion. An album that is extremely life-affirming and is certainly one of the best group records that I have heard all year. And Guidi magisterial on a highly charged 'Laura' complete with a forest of percussion is nothing less than the icing on the cake. SG. Out today

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Track of the day: a live version of the Omer Klein Trio's Shake It ****

Well, alright, OK, you win! Press play. That, the ''that'' being 'Shake It', is certainly persuasive. The ''OK'' in focus Omer Klein on a live version filmed just days ago in Berlin from a tune to be included on Personal Belongings. As discussed …

Published: 9 Jul 2021. Updated: 14 days.

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Well, alright, OK, you win!

Press play. That, the ''that'' being 'Shake It', is certainly persuasive. The ''OK'' in focus Omer Klein on a live version filmed just days ago in Berlin from a tune to be included on Personal Belongings. As discussed last month Warner Music are to release Personal Belongings by the pianist in the autumn.

First stirrings from the album were heard on 'Najara,' a beautiful piano solo piece that introduced a dreamy taste of what to expect. Now the trio, Klein on piano with the veritably-funky Haggai Cohen Milo on double bass and scintillating Amir Bresler on drums show their considerable feelgood flair and certainly deliver. 'Shake It' has a firm grip on riff and groove and very impressive it is too. It will be interesting how the album version compares the tune to be issued as a single first. Certainly the life at the essence of the piece has a vitality that jumps out of the speakers and floods the air. Omer Klein trio, top