Giovanni Mirabassi Quartet

No Way Out

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This absorbing set of originals flags up its ’60s Blue Note roots two tracks in with the Herbie Hancock homage “Two Finger Snap”.

But pianist/composer Mirabassi tweaks the acoustic quartet formula with a contemporary narrative flow and adding references to his Italian roots.

“The Snow White Syndrome” features glistening vibes from the American Stefan Harris but climaxes with a moody swirl of drums, “Canzone” is gently Latin-flavoured and “Il Bandolero Stanco” stately and melodic.

Main-attraction Harris is confident and poises; Mirabassi is his match.

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