Born: August 20, 1943 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Enrico Rava, born in Trieste in 1939, is undoubtedly the most internationally acknowledged Italian jazzman. In forty years of his career as trumpet player, and composer, he has produced more than ninety recordings, tweny-five of which as a leader. Being a great admirer of Miles Davis and Chet Baker, his career started at an early age, when he played in clubs in Turin.
In 1962, he meets Gato Barbieriwith whom, two years later, he records the soundtrack for Montaldo's film Una bella grinta. In those years he meets Don Cherry, Mal Waldron and Steve Lacy, with whom he plays free jazz in a quartet alternating between London and Buenos Aires (it is in Argentina in 1966 that the quartet records the album The Forest and the Zoo).
In 1967 Rava is in New York, where he is introduced into the free avant-garde, among which are Roswell Rudd, Marion Brown, Rashied Ali, Cecil Taylor, Charlie Haden, Marvin Peterson etc.
After an italian parenthesis, during which he plays with various musicians including Franco D'Andrea and where he records with Lee Konitzin Rome and with Manfred Schoof in Bremen, he returns to New York in 1969, where he lives for eight years.
At first he plays mostly with Rudd, Bill Dixon and Carla Bley's Jazz Composer's Orchestra, under whose direction he records Escalator Over the Hill.
Beginning in 1972, when he records his first album as a leader, Il giro del giorno in 80 mondi, Rava directs quartets (in New York clubs and on tours in Europe and Argentina), nearly always in pianoless groups. The playings and recordings follow one another, in a precious and uninterrupted flow, beside acknowledged italian, european and american musicians such as Franco D'Andrea, Enrico Pieranunzi, Marcello Melis, Massimo Urbani, Paolo Fresu, Pietro Tonolo, Stefano Bollani, Roberto Gatto, John Abercrombie, Roswell Rudd, Miroslav Vitous, Richard Galliano, J.F. Jenny-Clark, Misha Mengelberg, Dino Saluzzi, Lee Konitz, Martial Solal, Charlie Mariano, the Globe Unity Orchestra, Cecil Taylor, Jimmy Lyons, Archie Shepp etc.
He has played on tours and concerts in USA, Japan, Canada, Europe, Brazil, China, Argentina, taking part in important Festivals (Montreal, Toronto, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Perugia, Antibes, Berlin, Paris Tokyo, Peking, etc). He has several times been elected best musician in the annual referendum conducted by Musica Jazz, and has also won the title in the best group and best italian album categories. In the past years he has toured and recorded with his Electric Five.
At present, he plays in several concerts with his new quintet composed of young talents as Gianluca Petrella and Stefano Bollani and affirmed musicians as Rosario Bonaccorso and Roberto Gatto. He has founded in 1999 a quintet with trumpet player Paolo Fresu and recorded Shades Of Chet for Label Bleu. He also leads a duo with young and gifted piano player Stefano Bollani. On July 2001 he will tour Europe with Gato Barbieri with a new band named Complete Reunion.
1968 Lee Konitz "Stereokonitz" (RCA 74321591462)
1971 Carla Bley, Mike Mantler "Escalator over the hill" (JCOA)
1972 Enrico Rava "Il giro del giorno in 80 mondi" (Black Saint BS120011)
1975 Enrico Rava "The pilgrim and the stars" (ECM 1063)
1976 Enrico Rava "The plot" (ECM 1078)
1978 Enrico Rava "Quartet" (ECM 1122)
1983 Enrico Rava Quintet "Andanada" (Soul Note SN121064)
1984 Enrico Rava "Rava string band" (Soul Note SN121114)
1986 Enrico Rava Quintet "Secrets" (Soul Note SN121164)
1989 Rava / D'Andrea / Vitous / Humair "Quatre" (Gala)
1990 Enrico Rava "What a day!" (Gala)
1993 Enrico Rava "Rava l'opera va" (Label Bleu 6559)
1995 Enrico Rava "Electric Five" (Soul Note SN121214)
1995 Enrico Rava "Rava Carmen" (Label Bleu 6579)
1997 E. Pieranunzi / E.Rava "Nausicaa" (Egea SCA037)
1997 Enrico Rava Electric Five "Noir" (Label Bleu 6595)
1998 Enrico Rava "Certi angoli segreti" (Label Bleu 6594)
1999 E. Rava / P.Fresu "Shades of Chet" (Via Veneto 023)
2000 E. Rava / B.Casini "Vento" (Label Bleu 6623)
2000 E. Rava / G.Tommaso "La dolce vita" (CAM)
2002 E. Rava / P.Fresu "Play Miles Davis" (Label Bleu 6639)
2002 E. Rava / S.Bollani "Montreal Diary /B" (Label Bleu 6645)
2003 Enrico Rava Quartet "Full of Life" (CAM 7759)
2003 Enrico Rava (feat. John Abercrombie) Happiness is... (Stunt 03062)
2004 Enrico Rava Quintet "Easy Living" (ECM 1760)
2004 Francesco Bearzatti + Enrico Rava "Hope" (Auand AU9007)
2005 Enrico Rava "Flat fleet" (Philology W734)
2005 Enrico Rava "Tati" (ECM 1921)
2007 Enrico Rava "The Words and The Days" (ECM 1982)
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