Enrico Rava: Happiness is... (2004)
The music recorded by the Rava sextet can be classified as hard bop, with a lot of influences from the work of the Miles Davis Quintet during the '50s, especially in the sound of Rava's trumpet.
Latin America is present, as in the work of many contemporary Italian jazz musicians. Pianist Stefano Bollani brings a Latin tinge into almost every piece; the listener can hear the rhythmic structures and vamps from Afro-Caribbean music to tango and other folkloric rhythms from south of the border. It's important to note the appearance and solos of guitarist John Abercrombie on "The Trial" and "Dear Old Stockholm," where he adds a lot of traditional swing to the mixture set up by the Italians.
Track Listing: 1. Tango for Vasquez y Pepita; 2. Certi Angoli Segreti; 3. The Trial; 4. Nature Boy; 5. Happiness Is To Win A Big Prize; 6. Dear Old Stockholm
Personnel: Enrico Rava: trumpet; Gianluca Petrella: trombone; John Abercrombie: guitar; Stefano Bollani: piano; Jesper Bodilsen: bass; Morten Lund: drums.
Record Label: Stunt Records/Sundance Music