Enrico Rava & Michael Flugel Quartet: Liva at Birdland Neuberg
Although the band is young and it shows on Sonny Rollins’ “East Broadway Rundown” where alto saxophonist Frank Lauber seems a bit tentative during an extended solo flight, the men perform with enthusiasm as they must have been thrilled to share the stage with Mr. Rava. - - The band stirs up some excitement with a slick and creative take on the standard, “You Don’t Know What Love Is” as the musicians inject a smooth and quite affable reggae/dub motif while Rava and Lauber trade some spirited fours! Basically, Live at Birdland Neuberg is a relatively upbeat exhibition yet Enrico Rava heightens the intensity and impact on more than a few occasions.
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Michael Flugel; Piano: Frank Lauber; Alto Saxophone: Dietmar Fuhr; Double Bass: Dejan Terzic; Drums: Enrico Rava; Trumpet
Track listing: 1) Diva 2) My Funny Valentine 3) You Don
Record Label: Challenge Records