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Enrico Rava is currently playing at a peak of lyrical inventiveness and his newest Italian quintet is amongst his strongest ensembles.

Since his return to ECM with “Easy Living” in 2003, the grand master of Italian jazz has gone from strength to strength, in a series of truly exceptional recordings including “Tati”, “The Words and The Days”, “The ... Read more in Amazon's Enrico Rava Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B001CWOCU4
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Listen  1. LulùEnrico Rava, Stefano Bollani, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Paul Motian 9:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Improvisation IEnrico Rava, Stefano Bollani, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Paul Motian 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. OutsiderEnrico Rava, Stefano Bollani, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Paul Motian 6:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Certi Angoli SegretiEnrico Rava, Stefano Bollani, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Paul Motian10:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. InteriorsEnrico Rava, Stefano Bollani, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Paul Motian10:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Thank You, Come AgainEnrico Rava, Stefano Bollani, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Paul Motian 7:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Count DraculaEnrico Rava, Stefano Bollani, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Paul Motian 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Luna UrbanaEnrico Rava, Stefano Bollani, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Paul Motian 7:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Improvisation IIEnrico Rava, Stefano Bollani, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Paul Motian 7:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Lady OrlandoEnrico Rava, Stefano Bollani, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Paul Motian 5:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. BlancasnowEnrico Rava, Stefano Bollani, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Paul Motian 4:23£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava leads a magical European/American collaboration, recorded in the jazz capital of the world in February 2008. Since returning to ECM in 2003 with the acclaimed album Easy Living, trumpeter Enrico Rava has gone from strength to strength, both as a player and in terms of international recognition. His new album features highly inventive Italian pianist (and Rava protégé) Stefano Bollani and three leading American jazzmen: master drummer Paul Motian, bassist Larry Grenadier and, in his ECM debut, saxophonist Mark Turner. Rava's soulful trumpet is strongly contrasted with the lean, analytical playing of Mark Turner. Bollani's playful harmonic imagination shapes bridges between them. Larry Grenadier is "present and focused in every moment" as Rava says, and Paul Motian is as idiosyncratically creative as ever. The CD is both a transatlantic project and a kind of 'home-coming' - Rava found his musical direction while living in New York in the late 60s/early 70s. Since then an increasingly 'Italian' lyricism has also made itself felt in his playing. Personnel: Enrico Rava (trumpet), Stefano Bollani (piano), Mark Turner (tenor saxophone), Larry Grenadier (double-bass), Paul Motian (drums)

BBC Review

Possibly Italy's most reknowned jazzer today, Enrico Rava and his trumpet owe a great deal, by his own admission, to Miles Davis. With this in mind his latest project sees him recoding in the Big Apple, paying homage to both Davis and Duke Ellington, not only with usual collaborator Stefano Bollani on keys, but with an American combo who have brought out the best in him for a long time.

That's not to say that just about everything Rava does isn't utterly tasteful, it's just that sometimes it errs on the wrong side of politeness. here however, the fusion of European (albeit heavily indebted to the Lower East Side) and the States makes for a far more substantial diet.

For starters, Mark Turner's tenor seems to key in to Rava's very DNA, making the two free pieces, Improvisation I and II, amazingly telepathic. His breathy Coltraneisms are always given enough room by Rava but never (as with all players) once straying outside a group dynamic.

At all times the almost microscopic ability of Paul Motian to hit things at exactly the right moment allows the whole thing to float as freely as something as lyrical and moody as this needs to. Those who long for the swinging abilities of him and bass player Larry Grenadier may feel a little short-changed, but it's at the perfectly acceptable price of producing something wonderfully evocative. And anyway, when it comes to the tango of Luna Urbana his rimshots and rattles are like buckshot against the sheen of Bollani's crystalline chords.

Meanwhile Rava blows with an effortless grace that can stretch from louche to dangerously dark when needed. All in all this may initially sound like a typically tasteful ECM album, but at its heart it holds some ingenious surprises. More please. --Chris Jones

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Zona on 9 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
After the beautiful ECM releases from Enrico Rava quintets with all Italian musicians (Easy Living recorded June 2003 and The Words and the Days recorded December 2005), here another quintet headed by Mr. Rava, recorded February 2008 with Italian pianist Stefano Bollani, and well-known American stars Mark Turner on tenor saxophone, Larry Grenadier on double-bass and Paul Motian behind the drums. All musicians have their strong musical personalities and they are all immediately recognizable. Motian unique and unpredictable drumming style more about melody than rhythm, Grenadier solid and inspired bass, Turner sensual and intriguing sax, Bollani harmonic inventions and dynamics, Rava lyrical and lush trumpet. What I found amazing is that such different musical characters do not collide each other but perfectly combine with mesmerizing results. The quintet is always perfectly balanced with equal space for each musician. Tempi are generally slow, no trills but mostly subtle sophistications, with lyrical compositions all by Rava except for Improvisations I and II penned by the five members together. Understatement wins over immediate special effects and virtuosity, for music rewarding repeated listening. Stunning music there to discover if you want to. Needless to say, recording quality as high as usual from ECM.

One suggestion. If you enjoy the renewed sax of Mark Turner, I encourage you to explore the ECM release Sky & Country where Turner is teamed with Grenadier on double-bass and Jeff Ballard on drums, recorded in the same studio during the same February 2008.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Rava's best in years! 29 Mar. 2009
By lee morgan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I havent seen Rava this engaged in his music since he played with Paolo Fresu in Montreal. Mark Turner is the perfect foil for him and his New York Unit far exceeds the Italian group he has been recording with for some time on ECM. The Birdland engagement was testament to this. Look he's not the Rava of the Pilgrim and the Stars but that was over 30 years ago. His sound is flawless, the ideas are strong. His playing is quite remarkable for his age. A sky full of stars for this date.

I have no idea what the more "negative" reviewers are listening to. Its a great recording.

The Lion of Trieste roars again.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Moody evocation of the essence of New York 27 Mar. 2009
By Charles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is my first experience with the Italian trumpet player Enrico Rava's work and I am impressed. To me, it captures the essence of an idealized New York urban street - a moment in time, perhaps a better time - certainly one rich in nostalgia, affording quiet contemplation and the conjuring of memories, fond and some not so.

The opening track, Lulù, is perfectly sparse - featuring a delicate interplay between the trumpet and piano, with the musicians enjoying and sharing the spaces within a tune. This sets the tone of the album - exploration, individual themes merging momentarily and then splitting once more. The second track Improvisation I is an unconscious extension of this approach - the musicians simply exploring the space, sensing out the boundaries. In Outsider the boundaries begin to be tested - it begins with an up-tempo bass run, with bursts of trumpet and more predominant brushwork splashes on Brian Blade's part.

There are truly transcendent moments within this album which are worth the price of entry alone - Count Dracula (in addition to featuring a beautiful modal piano intro) conspires to build an incredible soaring theme between the trumpet and saxophone from out of a low-key maelstrom for instance. Lady Orlando and Blancasnow are stand out tracks that capture the mood of the album. In general, he music is complex and spatially very rich mining a down-tempo improvisatory approach which may not appeal to everyone's tastes but there is a depth and passion underpinning the album that will reward deeper reflective listening.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very introspective and mellow, but nice nonetheless 28 Nov. 2009
By G B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Like most ECM studio discs these days, this album sticks mostly to the "slow and introspective" end of the spectrum. This means that you won't get anything hard-swinging.

That said, after multiple spins the strong quality of the music begins to emerge. Given the ensemble and the dark sound, Miles Davis's 2nd Great Quintet is the obvious reference point. If you like the ballads on "Sorcerer" or "Nefertiti", this will be right up your alley. Enrico Rava and Mark Turner develop a strong chemistry; Larry Grenadier and Stefano Bollani are great as well. Really, my only complaint is about Paul Motian, who is incredibly restrained through most of the disc. The guy is a great texturalist, no doubt, but it's a shame we don't get to hear him thrash around that much. The compositions are generally excellent and, once they reveal their secrets, memorable.

Maybe I'll revise my rating for this later to the full 5, but one thing for sure - it doesn't deserve a low or medium rating.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good Downtempo Jazz 15 Mar. 2009
By afbg02 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD after seeing it listed as one of the year's best in the New York Times review. I'm not sure it's one of the best recordings I've heard this year, (William Parker's "Petit Oiseau", Wadada Smith's "Tabligh", Brad Mehldau's "Live", Bennie Maupin's "Early Reflections", Rob Brown's "Crown Trunk..." Buffalo Collision's "Duck" and Alex Cline's "Continuation" being my favorites) but this recording is good down-tempo jazz. The rhythm section of Larry Grenadier and Paul Motion is reason enough to listen to the disc. Much of their playing is subtle and understated, but excellent none the less. Mark Turner also adds some nice playing. As far as Rava himself goes, I think he plays some beautiful runs. I don't find his playing to be particularly stunning. Overall, it's a good, solid, down-tempo recording and worth a listen.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Rava is cool 10 Feb. 2010
By Myrna Jacobs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love Enrico and I love his playing... but I didn't love this CD. It is 'ok' but not something I want to play again and again...sadly.
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