Piano and tenor & soprano saxophone respectively, Filippini and Ionata, with Maurizio Rolli contrabass, Nicola Angelucci drums and an appearance of the drummer Giancarlo Alfani, present themselves in this their first CD with hints of great swing in the name of standard and original pieces. What is most striking to listen is the close understanding of the quartet in weaving the musical plots with the usual interplay: I love You by Cole Porter is the first of the examples, followed by nine others.
Between 1960 and 1963 Texas tenor Curtis Amy (1927-2002) made six superb albums for Dick Bocks Pacific Jazz label, three of which, Groovin Blue, Way Down, and Tippin on Through, are included here. They were part of Bocks recognition of the emergence on the West Coast scene of a more groove-based, harder swinging approach than the cooler, considered style that preceded it. He chose well. Years of semi-obscurity in L.A. dance bands and organ combos had made Amy a thoroughly seasoned, assertive and inventive player in the mould of fellow tenor, Harold Land; these Pacific albums established him as a major exponent of the new music revitalizing West Coast jazz.