Giovanni Guidi is one of the most important figures of the generation of thirty-year-olds in Italian and European jazz. This year he makes his debut at Umbria Jazz Summer with a suggestive and fascinating formula, that of piano solo, ideal for highlighting the qualities of a sensitive and talented artist.
The audience of the last summer and winter editions of the festival heard Guidi in a variety of situations: from the quintet led by Enrico Rava and Tomasz Stanko to the Planet Earth solo cycle (at Umbria Jazz Winter), from the trio with Francesco Bearzatti and Michele Rabbia to the quintet “Not A What” with Fabrizio Bosso, up to the recent quintet with Bearzatti and Roberto Cecchetto. Guidi has also participated in the solidarity concerts for earthquake victims, organised two years ago by Umbria Jazz in Norcia.
Giovanni Guidi has also imposed himself to the attention of the jazz world for having won the Musica Jazz referendum three years ago for the best Italian album, his “Ida Lupino”. If this recognition has represented a sort of official consecration (although already in 2007 he was elected best new talent) in reality Guidi has been frequenting the jazz that counts for several years. The starting point, about fifteen years ago, was the group of emerging young people set up by Enrico Rava. After that, his relationship with Manfred Eicher, who had him record four albums in his name for ECM, was fundamental.. The last, most recent one, is called “Avec le temps”, the song by Léo Ferré.
This is what Rava says about him: “Today Giovanni Guidi, despite being still very young, is certainly one of the most interesting and original Italian pianists. And I, who know him well and have the pleasure of frequently playing with him, can say with absolute certainty that this is only the beginning of a story that I foresee extraordinary.”