At the time of the first of the two recording sessions on this CD, Davide Santorsola, a young Italian pianist, had just had the opportunity to accompany Phil Woods in a pair of concerts; the veteran alto saxophonist was obviously impressed with what he heard on-stage, as he agreed to sit in with Santorsola's trio to record a couple of numbers in the studio a few weeks later. Santorsola had the chutzpah to bring two originals to the date, including the tense "Last Train" and the driving "Be Tune," and Woods devours both tunes with enthusiasm. The trio selections are all originals as well; "Anathema" is an exciting, slash and burn, take no prisoners bop composition, while "Can I Really Write a Song?" is a ballad that hints at the influence of Bill Evans and "Parenthesis #1" has a brooding, reflective mood. The solo tracks find the pianist softly singing to himself on a playful take of "Here's That Rainy Day," while he's also up to the task of tackling the bop classic "Anthropology." It is likely that most jazz fans will run across this CD because of the presence of Phil Woods rather than due to knowledge of Davide Santorsola, but listeners who give this Italian release a hearing will no doubt enjoy it.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden