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Recorded in June 2003, Easy Living is a wonderful return to the ECM label by Italy's best-known contemporary trumper player, heard in the now rubato, now up-and-grooving company of compatriots Gianluca Petrella (trombone), Stefano Bollani (piano), Rosario Bonaccorso (bass) and Robert Gatto (drums). With the exception of the lovely standard that gives the release its title, all the compositions are by Rava. The short and intensely poetic meditation that is "Blancasnow" reveals the mature depths of the leader's burnished, wide-open tone at its best, and is in fact a reprise one of the loveliest pieces on Rava's 1975 ECM debut release The Pilgrim and the Stars. Elsewhere, Rava's trademark, yet endlessly fresh transmutations of the lyric are set within largely consonant territory. If a good deal of this music cultivates a liquid or mellow note, tracks such as "Traveling Night" and "Hornette and the Drums Thing" kick in plenty hard, while the propulsive piano fun of "Algir Dalbughi" is straight out of Paolo Conte territory. Superb music throughout, in every way. --Michael TuckerSee all Product Description
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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.
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Rava's sound is even warmer than usual -- almost like a flugelhorn. His lines are fluid and his sense of space is Milesian. A great introduction to Rava -- be sure to check out his releases on Label Bleu and Philogy.
The compositions, most of which are ballads, and all of which are by Rava, save the title cut, are entirely in keeping with the relaxed though focused vibe of the titling and packaging of the disc, as well as the general approach of the band. One could almost be lulled to sleep by these tunes except there is too much rigor and interest in them.
Should appeal to all those who've fallen in love with Changing Places by Tord Gustavsen, Universal Syncopations by Miroslav Vitous, and Close to My Heart by Jeremy Pelt. Will likely end up on my best of the year list.
The third cut, "Sand," is especially interesting, seeming to be Rava's spin on the jazz chestnut "Caravan." The music just seems to lift the listener to exotic places with hypnotic phrasing and allusions to mystery and fascination.
For those who enjoy their jazz straight, with no electronics, hip-hop, or other distractions, but who also want something a bit exotic in its own way, this is an excellent recording that serves as reminder how powerful restrained, disciplined musicianship can sound. Tasty, tasty stuff indeed.
Rava is as staggering as only the greatest trumpeters can be; like the finest wines, he gets better as he gets older. Petrella on trombone is a wondrous achievement (but hear him on "Indigo 4", Blue Note Records); Bollani on piano, well..., is Bollani on piano (and here it comes his "Piano Solo", Ecm Records); Bonaccorso and Gatto are solid as a rock and do much more than simply keep the rhythm.
Be careful: despite the title, this "Easy Living" is no easy music. This kind of jazz is intriguing but subtle, precise but slow to show up, marvellous but demanding.
There's only one thing you need to do: just listen to it