Enrico Rava: Visions




Enrico Rava (trumpet)


Full of Life (CAM Jazz)

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Enrico Rava (trumpet),

Javier Girotto (baritone sax), Ares Tavolazzi (bass), Fabrizio Sferra (drums)


Composed by Enrico Rava


Recorded: Cavalicco, Italy, November 11-12, 2002


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

In Italy, jazz musicians and connoisseurs alike call Enrico Rava "maestro," and there are reasons for that. Beside his impressive career, both inside and outside Italy, Rava has always enlisted younger musicians to form new groups and explore new grounds, as with this pianoless quartet that refers more to the Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker band than to the Ornette Coleman/Don Cherry association. Of course, the presence of Argentinean-born baritone saxophonist Javier Girotto is instrumental in this comparison. Some songs even sound almost as if they could belong to the Mulligan/Baker repertoire, but the most interesting ones are those, such as this track, that both bring the cool aesthetic into the new century and decentralize it towards the Old Continent. Apart from being a great musician, Rava has always been a true lover of the jazz tradition, from Bix Beiderbecke to Don Cherry. No wonder he can help himself whenever he wants to the heap of stylistic influences he has absorbed over the years, yet always sound like today, and like himself.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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