Riccardo Arrighini

These Unfoolish Things

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Riccardo Arrighini is yet another discovery of the prolific Philology label owner Paolo Piangiarelli. The pianist is joined by fellow Italians Ares Tavolazzi on bass, and drummer Francesco Petreni, for a program mixing a few well-known standards from the Great American Songbook with four originals by the leader. Arrighini's approach to "These Foolish Things" is a bit conservative and fairly predictable. But the disguised solo introduction to "Here's That Rainy Day" gives a better idea of his capabilities, as it develops into a free-flowing, brisk bop setting. His stunning, lyrical, improvised opening to "What is This Thing Called Love" is pure magic, as Tavolazzi adds a delightful fugue-like bassline once the trio joins in on the tune. Arrighini's originals pass muster as well. "Sulfureando Tango" is subtle and sensuous, while the gentle samba "Sayda Y Esteban" flows effortlessly, featuring a brilliant solo by Tavolazzi. "Two Days in Love" is every bit as sentimental as the thoughts of discovering a new love, romantic but not over done. "Ricordando Fulvio" begins as an easygoing waltz, though it loosens up a bit. Riccardo Arrighini shows a lot of promise as both a pianist and a composer on what seems to be his jazz debut as a leader.

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