on 21 May 2005
Enrico Rava is a difficult one to categorise in jazz terms because his musiC is not straightahead/bop nor is it free/avant- garde.Either way,this album is superb.Most of the pieces are of a relaxed tempo but are enlivened by subtle changes of tempo, passionate surging runs and excellent interplay between the horn players and the rhythm section.
Rava's sound,if youv'e not heard him before, is achingly beautiful on the slow tempo/ballad numbers and passionate and,at times,quite frantic on the up tempo numbers but always with a warmth that is hard to find amongst todays modern trail blazers.
This is a quality album from one of Europes (and the worlds) finest trumpet players.
on 9 April 2010
Easy Living (recorded June 2003) and The Words and the Days (recorded December 2005) have almost the same all Italian line up: Enrico Rava trumpet, Gianluca Petrella trombone, Rosario Bonaccorso double-bass, Roberto Gatto drums, Stefano Bollani piano on EL, Andrea Pozza piano on TWATD. Despite this similarity, the two releases have some significant differences. In EL there are five of the best Italian jazz musicians playing wonderfully all but one original compositions by Rava. Rava and Bollani are always on the forefront, with many long and stunning piano solos. In some tracks the young and very talented trombonist Petrella comes out too, but is basically Bollani with his strong musical presence mostly shaping the quintet. In TWATD the piano steps backward and Rava and Petrella are on the forefront with some striking interactions, unison themes, question and answer solos. Piano, bass and drums provide always graceful musical layers perfectly supporting the two horns. Time has benefited the cohesion of the group and the final results is very satisfying. In my opinion, both releases are great and totally worth the attention of any jazz enthusiast. Recorded sound is detailed yet natural, warm and musical, as usual from ECM.