Re-release of an outstanding 1999 recording by trumpeter Enrico Rava and pianist Ran Blake, which is described as "one of the most creative pairings of Rava's career" in the Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings and awarded 4 stars. The intimate duo recording presents two jazz icons performing heartfelt ballads and a varied selection of material including "Nature Boy", Bernard Hermann film music, Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" and "There's A Small Hotel".
Personnel: Enrico Rava (trumpet, flugelhorn), Ran Blake (piano)
(4 stars) An enchanting album from the godfather of Italian jazz trumpet...it's explicitly jazzy, but there isn't a cliche to be heard. -- The Guardian, (John Fordham), December 4, 2009
(4 stars) Blake's sparse, melancholic piano voicings are a perfect fit for Rava and the two combine like old friends. -- Financial Times, (Mike Hobart), December 5, 2009
(4 stars) Only in jazz do you get albums as bizarre and wonderful as this...pays homage to film noir and Hitchcock's centennial. -- The Independent On Sunday, (Phil Johnson), December 6, 2009
Slow but enchanting live duo album...the language embraces the most conventional jazz swing and the wildest free-blowing.
-- The Guardian (The F&M Playlist), (John Fordham), December 11, 2009