A perfect match! Pianist Giovanni Guidi and trombonist Gianluca Petrella played together for a while in the Enrico Rava quintet. They continued as a duo and kept inviting guests. The invitation to Louis Sclavis und Gerald Cleaver, originally suggested by Manfred Eicher, was highly surprising. They do their live touring without drummer Cleaver. The grandiose debut album “Ida Lupino” was released in the late summer of 2016, which was ideal timing in many respects. It stirs memories of Italian soundtracks of the 1950s and 1960s. The title track not only congratulates composer Carla Bley close to her 80th birthday, but also commemorates the death of the masterful interpreter of this composition Paul Bley. With “Gato!” they also bow in front of the late Gato Barbieri and with “Per i morti di Reggio Emilia” they have a protest song by Fausto Amodei from Turin. And last but not least “Ida Lupino” is not just the title of a composition but also a homage to a versatile creative artist who became an established film director in the male dominated film industry of the 1940s and has been a role model ever since. Unfortunately, we still need such role models in this day and age.