Enrico Rava

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Krentz Ratings:
Il Giro Del Giorno in 80 Mondi (1972), 6/10
The Pilgrim and the Stars (1975), 7/10
The Plot (1976), 6/10
Quartet (1978), 6.5/10
Roma (2019), 7/10

Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava (1939) helped Steve Lacy on Sortie (february 1966) and The Forest And The Zoo (october 1966) and moved to New York in 1967. Rava was influenced by Miles Davis' haunting ambience which he augmented with soulful interplay and smooth dynamics on the albums for quartets with guitar, bass and drums: Il Giro Del Giorno in 80 Mondi (february 1972), The Pilgrim and the Stars (june 1975), containing The Pilgrim And The Stars and Bella, and The Plot (august 1976), with the 15-minute The Plot, the last two with John Abercrombie on guitar. Quartet (march 1978), featuring trombonist Roswell Rudd and containing Rava's 15-minute suite Tramps, was perhaps his most conceptual work.

Meanwhile, he played with Roswell Rudd on Blown Bone (march 1976) and Inside Job (may 1976), besides the Jazz Composer's Orchestra's Numatik Swing Band (july 1973).

Rava played with Alexander Von Schlippenbach's Globe Unity Orchestra on Pearls (november 1975).

Ah Enrico Rava (december 1979), featuring Giovanni Tommaso on bass, Bruce Ditmas on drums and Franco D'Andrea on piano, contains the eight-minute Lulu. Nexus Meets Enrico Rava (march 1984), a collaboration with pianist Hakan Rydin, bassist Ulf Radelius and drummer Anders Lagerlof, contains his Lazy Sunday and One for Cliff. String Band (april 1984) featured Nana Vasconcelos on percussion, Tony Oxley on drums, electric guitar, double bass, cello, viola and two violins, and contains the ten-minute More From Giulietta. Secrets (july 1986), fronting a quartet with Augusto Mancinelli on electric guitar, Furio Di Castri on double bass, and Bruce Ditmas on drums, contains the eleven-minute Secrets, and Monky Tonk. Animals (june 1987), credited to the Enrico Rava 4uartet, contains the eleven-minute Moon Revisited.

But later he preferred eclectic collections of melodic themes such as: Electric Five (september 1995), fronting a quintet with guitar, bass, drums and alto saxophonist Gianluigi Trovesi, Duo En Noir (september 1999) with Ran Blake, Easy Living (june 2003), fronting a quintet with trombone and piano and containing Cromosomi and Sand, Tati (november 2004), a trio with Stefano Bollani on piano and Paul Motian on drums, The Words and the Days (december 2005), fronting an Italian quintet with trombone, piano, bass and drums, The Third Man (november 2006), duets with pianist Stefano Bollani, New York Days (february 2008), fronting a quintet with Mark Turner on tenor saxophone Stefano Bollani on piano Larry Grenadier on bass and Paul Motian on drums, Tribe (october 2010), possibly the best, entirely composed by Rava and containing the ten-minute Incognito, fronting an Italian quintet with trombone, Rava on the Dance Floor (november 2011), a tribute to pop star Michael Jackson, and Wild Dance (january 2015), fronting a quintet with trombonist Gianluca Petrella and guitarist Francesco Diodati.

Andrew Cyrille (drums), William Parker (bass) and Enrico Rava (trumpet) paid tribute to Cecil Taylor on 2 Blues For Cecil (february 2021).

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