Enrico Rava & Stefano Bollani: Estaté
Composed by Bruno Martino & Bruno Brighetti.
Recorded: Auditorio Radio Svizzera, Lugano, Switzerland, November, 2006
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Not many Italian songs are part of the global jazz repertoire, but "Estaté" (composed by Bruno Martino and Bruno Brighetti) is one of the few to have made the leap. Ironically, the song is best known as a bossa nova number, due to a memorable recording by Brazilian João Gilberto. But if Italian jazz players are planning to reclaim this song as a Mediterranean-drenched ballad, no better repo men could be found than trumpeter Enrico Rava and pianist Stefano Bollani. These two artists have more than a decade of collaborations under their belt, and the duo's interaction on this track radiates their simpatico chemistry. This version of "Estaté" leaves the bossa nova far behind, although it still retains a dose of Gilberto's saudade. The performance moves from introspective lyricism to rhapsodic rubato, but never strains for effect. Highly recommended!
Reviewer: Ted Gioia