O trompetista Enrico Rava nasceu na cidade italiana de Trieste no 20 de Agosto de 1939, sendo o responsável para que o jazz italiano tivesse repercussão internacional. Ele começou tocando trombone no estilo dixieland em Turin, mas depois de ouvir Miles Davis, trocou de instrumento e abraçou o estilo hard bop.
Outros encontros fundamentais em sua carreira foram com Gato Barbieri e Chet Baker. Logo em seguida começou a tocar com Steve Lacy e com os sul-africanos expatriados Louis Moholo e John Dyani e gravou “The Forest and the Zoo” pela ESP, ao vivo na Argentina.
Em 1967 ele mudou para New York, passando a tocar com Roswell Rudd, Marion Brown, Rashied Ali, Cecil Taylor e Charlie Haden. Num retorno breve para a Europa, Rava gravou com Lee Konitz (“Stereokonitz”, RCA) e Manfred Schoof (“European Echoes”, FMP). De 1969 a 1976, ele volta para New York, para gravar “Escalator Over the Hill” com os Jazz Composers Orchestra (JCOA) de Carla Bley.
Depois de gravar seu primeiro álbum como , “Il Giro del Giorno in 80 Mondi” (Black Saint), ele tem liderado quartetos e quintetos sem piano. A sua produção gravada atinge a 100 discos, sendo trinta como líder. ECM reeditou algumas das sua principais gravações dos anos setenta, como “The Pilgrim and the Stars”, “The Plot”, e “E. R. Quartet”, enquanto a Soul Note e a Label Bleu lançaram cds do seu inovador Electric Five (na realidade um sexteto, pois ele se excluía da conta), que tinha duas guitarras elétricas.
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This hugely popular trumpet player born August 20, 1939, in Trieste, 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 with Chet Baker.
Right after, 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, Rashed 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 (JCOA).
After his first album as a leader, Il Giro del Giorno in 80 Mondi (Black Saint), he's been leading his own pianoless quartets/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 E. R. 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 Camen Petrella, Stefano Bollani, Rosario Bonaccorso, 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 Ëasy Lïving 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.
Reference - Francesco Martinelli, All Music Guide