Enrico Rava: Bella
Enrico Rava (trumpet)
The Pilgrim and The Stars (ECM 1063)
Palle Danielsson (bass), Jon Christensen (drums).
Composed by Enrico Rava.
Recorded: Ludwigsburg, Germany, June 1975
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
This track gives listeners a window into the early years of both Enrico Rava and John Abercrombie. While "Bella" begins in traditional ECM mode, with a lot of space separated by Abercrombie's light chords and harmonics and Rava's introductory lines, things take a few surprising turns. Surprising in that those familiar with the Enrico Rava of 2008 might not know his past, with scorching chromatic runs full of passion and angularity being as common as graceful lines and romanticism. And speaking of angularity, John Abercrombie takes great joy here with a startling guitar solo that at one point causes a band member (Rava?) to cry out "Woo!" Really great stuff and, lucky for U.S. ears, finally available here on CD.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski