Enrico Rava In-depth Biography
This hugely popular trumpet player (born in Trieste, 1939) 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}, Rashied 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, 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 Carmen}, 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}. ~ Francesco Martinelli, All Music Guide