Enrico Rava

Biography


This hugely popular trumpet player (born in Trieste, Italy in 1939) almost single-handedly brought Italian jazz to international attention. He began playing Dixieland trombone in Turin, but after hearing Miles Davis, switched instruments and embraced the modern style. Other key meetings were with Gato Barbieri, with whom he recorded movie soundtracks in 1962, and Chet Baker. He began to play with Steve Lacy; he also teamed up with South African expatriates Louis Moholo and John Dyani and recorded The Forest and the Zoo (ESP) live in Argentina. In 1967, he moved to New York, playing with Roswell Rudd, Marion Brown, Rashied Ali, Cecil Taylor, and Charlie Haden. In a brief return to Europe, Rava recorded with Lee Konitz (Stereokonitz, RCA) and Manfred Schoof (European Echoes, FMP). From 1969 to 1976, he was back in New York, recording Escalator Over the Hill with Carla Bley's Jazz Composers' Orchestra. After his first album as a leader, Il Giro del Giorno in 80 Mondi (Black Saint), he began to lead his own pianoless quartets and quintets. His recorded output numbers 100 records, 30 as a leader.

ECM has reissued some of his essential recordings of the '70s, like The Pilgrim and the Stars, The Plot, and Enrico Rava Quartet, while Soul Note and Label Bleu published CDs by his innovative Electric Five (in reality a sextet, as he always excludes himself from the count), which includes two electric guitars. With keyboard master Franco D'Andrea and trumpeter Paolo Fresu, Rava recorded Bix and Pop (Philology) and Shades of Chet, tributes to Bix Beiderbecke and Armstrong, and to Chet Baker, respectively. Also of note are Rava, l'Opera Va and Carmen, gorgeous readings of opera arias. In 2001, he created a new quintet with young talents Gianluca Petrella, Stefano Bollani, Rosario Bonaccorso, and Roberto Gatto, and toured with old friends Roswell Rudd and Gato Barbieri, releasing Easy Living with them in 2004 on ECM. Three years later, after Bollani, who had struck out as a solo player, was replaced by Andrea Pozza, The Words and the Days came out. In 2007, Rava and pianist Stefano Bollani released The Third Man on ECM. Rava followed the released in 2009 with New York Days, a collection of moody originals with a film noir tinge, backed by a band that included Bollani, tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Paul Motian. Rava broke in a new all-Italian quintet for Tribe, which was issued by ECM in the fall of 2011. Its members included trombonist Gianluca Petrella, pianist Giovanni Guidi, bassist Gabriele Evangelista, and drummer Fabrizio Sferra. Guitarist Giacomo Ancillotto also guested on the set, expanding the lineup on various selections. Rava made a wide left turn for 2012's On the Dance Floor. Amazingly, the trumpeter only became aware of pop singer Michael Jackson's music after his death, and he became obsessed with it. The album, his tribute to what he considers the late singer's contribution to 20th century music, was recorded with Parco della Musica Jazz Lab at the Rome Auditorium; it is entirely comprised of Jackson's material.
On 2015 he recorded a new cd for ECM Label, Wild Dance, with his New 4et with Francesco Diodati, Gabriele Evangelista and Enrico Morello. A documentary film on his life and career was presented on june 12th at Biografilm Festival of Bologna.
 

 

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BILL FRISELL'S STRING QUARTET
31 Ottobre + 1 Novembre 2017

DAVE HOLLAND TRIO
14 - 17 Novembre 2018 - LAST OPEN DATE!

THE BAD PLUS
18 - 21 - 26 Novembre + 2 Dicembre 2018

Miguel Zenon Quartet
7 - 8 - 10 - 12 - 15 Novembre 2017

DAVE DOUGLAS - RIVERSIDE QUARTET
21 - 22 - 23 Novembre 2018

Kayhan Kalhor & Toumani Diabate'
new entry! NOVEMBRE 2017

DAVE HOLLAND TRIO
27 Novembre / 2 Dicembre 2017 2017

CHANO DOMINGUEZ TRIO
Novembre / Dicembre 2017

CHANO DOMINGUEZ FLAMENCO QUARTET
Novembre / Dicembre 2017

CHANO DOMINGUEZ PIANO SOLO
Novembre / Dicembre 2017

Anat Cohen Quartet
24 / 31 Gennaio 2018

FLY
12 / 22 Gennaio 2018

Miguel Zenon Quartet
15 - 17 - 19 + 25 / 27 Febbraio 2018

DAVE DOUGLAS QUINTET
Febbraio 2018

DAVE DOUGLAS & URI CAINE DUO
Febbraio / Marzo 2018

CHANO DOMINGUEZ FLAMENCO QUARTET
Febbraio / Marzo 2018

CHANO DOMINGUEZ TRIO
Febbraio / Marzo 2018

CHANO DOMINGUEZ PIANO SOLO
Febbraio / Marzo 2018

Michel Portal Quartet
Marzo 2018

OREGON
Marzo 2018

Avishai Cohen Quartet
Marzo / Aprile 2018

Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet
29 Marzo / 10 Aprile 2018

MARK GUILIANA JAZZ QUARTET
Marzo / Aprile 2018

THE BAD PLUS
Aprile 2018

AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE 4ET
Aprile - Maggio 2018

BILL FRISELL THOMAS MORGAN "Small Town" Duo
Aprile / Maggio 2018

JOHN SCOFIELD - Country For Old Man
Aprile / Maggio 2018

CRAIG TABORN HEROICS
Maggio 2018

Giovanni Guidi "SALIDA"
14 / 25 Maggio 2018

DINOSAUR
Maggio 2018

Anat Cohen Quartet
Maggio 2018

The Big Vicious
Luglio 2018

AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE 4ET
Luglio 2018

Anat Cohen Quartet
Luglio 2018

BANDA MAGDA
Luglio 2018

NOT A WHAT
Luglio 2018

STEVE COLEMAN AND FIVE ELEMENTS
Luglio 2018

CARLA BLEY "TRIOS"
Luglio 2018

BILL FRISELL "When You Wish Upon a Star"
Luglio / Agosto 2018

Avishai Cohen Quartet
Ottobre / Novembre 2018

ENRICO RAVA - TOMASZ STANKO 5ET
Ottobre / Novembre 2018

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