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Enrico Rava and Tomasz Stanko: Elective Affinities

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ER: Miles Davis used to do the same thing. He kept playing the same tunes year after year. Even when he had the quintet featuring Wayne Shorter. He used to record Shorter's tunes for his albums, but during his concerts he continued playing "Stella by Starlight," "My Funny Valentine," "All Blues," for years. Only when you get to know a composition that well you can play it in complete freedom, because you can cruise through it without ever having to think...

TS: I agree. The same thing is happening now during Wayne Shorter's performances. It's almost impossible to recognize the compositions thet band is playing, but they know exactly what they're doing...

ER: Wayne Shorter continues to be the most modern and interesting player around. His quartet is my favorite band today...

TS: That's the same for me.

ER: Each mamber of that band is a master in his own right, but it's the music they can play together that never fails to amaze me.

Photo credit: Marie Ferre

All About Jazz wishes to express its gratitude to Marie Ferre and Guido Gaito for having made this interview possible.

Transcription by Enrico Bettinello, Mario Calvitti, Ludovico Granvassu, Angelo Leonardi and Giuseppe Segala.
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