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Enrico Rava Tribe Quintet at the Folkclub

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Enrico Rava performed with his Tribe Quintet on the stage of the Folkclub in Turin, Italy, on a Saturday of a still warm October. In the intimate atmosphere of the venue, Rava offered an extraordinary performance with his band mates. His quintet features some of the best Italian musicians including Gianluca Petrella, Giovanni Guidi, Francesco Ponticelli, and Fabrizio Sferra a veteran drummer who has accompanied greats like Enrico Pieranunzi, Chet Baker, and Mal Waldron. The quintet performed original compositions for ...

MUSICIAN 2 MUSICIAN

Enrico Rava and Tomasz Stanko: Elective Affinities

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Enrico Rava and Tomasz Stanko have recently launched an ECM super-group with which in July they toured all over Europe, performing in Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway and Romania, as well as in their native countries, Italy and Poland. All About Jazz seized the opportunity to ask the two European trumpet masters to set aside some time during their hectic tour and interview each-other, in the spirit of the “Musician 2 Musician" column. What follows is the transcription of their ...

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Ancona Jazz Summer Festival 2017

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A splendid evening of music was presented by the Enrico Rava and Tomasz Stańko Quintet at Mole Vanvitelliana in Ancona, Italy on July 18, 2017. It was an original presentation with each trumpeter showcasing their unique stylistic approaches to their respective horns. Rounding out the quintet included pianist Giovanni Guidi, bassist Dezron Douglas, and drummer Gerald Cleaver. The music for this project was written by both Stańko and Rava and culminated in an unforgettable evening of distinctive modern jazz played ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Enrico Rava Quartet with Gianluca Petrella: Wild Dance

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Stalwart Italian jazz trumpeter Enrico Rava introduces his new working quartet for this Wild Dance, joined by longtime playing partner trombonist Gianluca Petrella. Petrella contributed to Rava's three ECM post-millennium quintet albums Tribe (2011), The Words & The Days (2005) and Easy Living (2003). The basic quartet features a guitar rather than piano, recalling Rava's 1970s ECM recordings with John Abercrombie, The Pilgrim And The Stars (1975) and The Plot (1976). Guitarist Francesco Diodati is more of a texturalist in ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Enrico Rava Quartet with Gianluca Petrella: Wild Dance

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The senior statesman, and easily the most recognizable name in Italian jazz, trumpeter Enrico Rava returns with a revised quintet line up on Wild Dance. Rava, who early in his career worked with saxophonist Steve Lacy, pianist Mal Waldron and trombonist Roswell Rudd, later went on to team with drummer Tony Oxley and sit in with the Global Unity Orchestra. His free jazz pedigree belies the fact that Rava has more often leaned toward the lyrical while incorporating his own ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Enrico Rava: Rava on the Dance Floor

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Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava doing a tribute to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson? Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava doing a tribute to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, on ECM? If either of these concepts seem somehow wrong, it's likely because, in forty-plus years, ECM has garnered (beyond its reputation as one of the most important labels in the history of music) its share of magical (and incorrect) thinking. Rava, it turns, out, hadn't paid much attention to ...

INTERVIEW

Enrico Rava: To Be Free or Not To Be Free

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Freedom, it could be argued, is most deeply understood by those who have been somehow constrained against their will, or who have been prisoners of their own skewed vision of what it means to be free. Trumpeter Enrico Rava knows the meaning of musical freedom; he was part of the free-jazz scene of the 1960s and 1970s where chords were frowned upon, and made recordings almost at will in the 80s and 90s, “many of which were not necessary," he ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Enrico Rava Quintet: Tribe

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Trumpeter Enrico Rava has enjoyed a sustained late-career, creative high since returning to ECM with Easy Living (ECM, 2004) after an absence of 20 years. With a largely new and exciting lineup, Tribe balances new compositions with reworked older material, all imbued with Rava's trademark lyricism, embracing warmth and melodic strength. As the 2008 Touchstone Series reissue of The Pilgrim and the Stars (ECM 1975) demonstrated, Rava's music from nearly four decades ago still sounds remarkably fresh today, and this ...

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Enrico Rava Quintet: Tribe

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Italian trumpet virtuoso Enrico Rava masters improvised atmospheric landscapes on Tribe. His thick, dark horn quests for firm structure and often, not finding anything solid, rolls back and forth over the rhythm section as it collaboratively meanders through the soundscape. Being drawn into the adventure is almost irresistible. “Amnesia" sets the expectation that this will be an exploratory affair, with the horns washing over the rolling arpeggios of the piano and arrhythmic bass and drum lines. Slow and ...


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