Album Remarks & Appraisals:
I think that the title of this disc is perfectly congenial - "Metamorphosis" stands for "profound transformation in form and structure". I have known and listened to pianist Guido Mansuardi, born in 1935, for more than 40 years and consider myself schooled in his impressive musical productions since his 1966 record debut. Guido is a full-blooded swinger and his playing is rooted firmly in the tradition. Surprisingly, after listening to this record I hear and find a pianist astonishingly original and dynamic, playing with a moving fluidity and freshness. His compositions perfectly reflect the essence of his current state of playing, with changing moods and situations of remarkable harmonic complexity. (Giovanni Bianchi) In the 1950s-'60s, during his long stays in Sweden and Romania, Guido Manusardi recovered elements of European folk music and mixed them with his "classic" way of piano playing, creating a personal musical language appreciated throughout Europe. In these two countries the pianist experienced early success, then enjoying upon his return to Italy the esteem given to foreign musicians.
Personnel: Guido Manusardi (piano); Marco Vaggi (double bass); Luigi Bonafede (drums).
Liner Note Author: Giovanni Bianchi.
Recording information: Blue Spirit Recording Studio, Milan, Italy (04/18/2011).
Photographer: Roberto Cifarelli.