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Enrico Rava

tr, fh, *1939 IT, Trieste
Musician / Composer of Jazz

Enrico Rava, born in Trieste (Italy) on August 20, 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 hundred recordings, thirty 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 Barbieri with 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 Konitz in 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, Pat Metheny Charlie Mariano, 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, San Francisco, Chicago, New York,Rio De Janeiro,Buenos Aires, Montevideo, 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. He ranked the 4th place on the Down Beat 2006 and 2007 trumpet players special chart. At present, he plays in several concerts with several projects including a duo with pianist Stefano Bollani and the Enrico Rava Quintet, composed by affirmed musicians as Gianluca Petrella, Giovanni Guidi, Pietro Leveratto and Fabrizio Sferra. " The third Man", the new Enrico Rava Cd (a duet with Stefano Bollani) for ECM has been released in September 2007. A new album "New York Days" with an all star quintet: Mike Turner, Stefano Bollani, Larry Grenadier, Paul Motian, will be released for ECM records in january 2009.

  • Trumpet
  • Flugelhorn
  • Vocals
  • Jazz
  • Rock
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
Peace on Katcharpari by Enrico Rava
Birdsong on Tati by Enrico Rava, Stefano Bollani & Paul Motian
Le Solite Cose on Rava Plays Rava by Stefano Bollani
Drops on Easy Living by Enrico Rava
Parks on The Pilgrim And The Stars by Enrico Rava
Sapore Di Sale on Anni settanta Canzoni d'autore by Various Artists
Retrato em Branco e Preto on The Song Is You by Enrico Rava & Fred Hersch
Smile - Live on On The Dance Floor by Enrico Rava & The PM Jazz Lab
Il Cielo In Una Stanza on Anni settanta Canzoni d'autore by Various Artists
You can't go home again on Shades of Chet by Enrico Rava & Paolo Fresu

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
My SongbookEnrico Rava2016Album
Brooklyn 1967, May 24th - Tears For A Year Gone ByRandy Kaye Quintet Feat. Enrico Rava2016Album
The Monash SessionsEnrico Rava2014Album
Rava On The RoadEnrico Rava2013Album
The PlotEnrico Rava2013Album
Easy LivingEnrico Rava2013Album
Enrico Rava QuartetEnrico Rava2013Album
Rava On The Dance FloorEnrico Rava And The Parco Della Musica Jazz Lab2012Album
3+3Romano, Sclavis, Texier + Enrico Rava, Nguyên Lê, Bojan Zulfikarpašić2012Album
Jazz Live Trio With GuestsJazz Live Trio With Karin Krog, Enrico Rava, Miriam Klein2011Album
The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul NoteEnrico Rava2010Album
Jazzitaliano Live 2009Enrico Rava2009Album
New York DaysEnrico Rava2009Album
Jazzitaliano Live 2007Gianluigi Trovesi Special Guest Enrico Rava2007Album
The Third ManEnrico Rava / Stefano Bollani2007Album
Milestones Un Incontro In JazzGino Paoli, Enrico Rava, Flavio Boltro, Danilo Rea, Rosario Bonaccorso, Roberto Gatto, Renato Sellani2007Album
Live At JazzBO' 90Enrico Rava, Massimo Urbani, Franco D'Andrea, Giovanni Tommaso, Aldo Romano2006Album
Jazzitaliano Live 2006Enrico Rava2006Album
Stormy WeatherAndrea Pozza Meets Enrico Rava2005Album
Spirit Energy PresenceAudioslang Featuring Enrico Rava2005Album
TatiEnrico Rava2005Album
Tea For Two (Another Flashback)Gianni Basso Quartet Meets Enrico Rava2005Album
Easy LivingEnrico Rava2004Album
Note NecessarieEnrico Rava2004Compil.
HopeFrancesco Bearzatti / Bizart Trio + Enrico Rava2004Album
Interpreta Pessoa Nel Mio Spazio InterioreMariano Deidda, Enrico Rava, Gianni Coscia, Stefano Bagnoli2003Album
Full Of LifeEnrico Rava2003Album
Smiling In HollywoodEnrico Rava / Rusca Trio & Strings2002Album
Underscore (Live At Bird's Eye)Stefano Saccon Featuring Enrico Rava2002Album
Le Cose InutiliEnrico Rava, Renato Sellani2002Album
What A Day!!!Enrico Rava2002Album
L'Imbalsamatore (Colonna Sonora Originale)Banda Osiris / Enrico Rava2002Album
FlashbackEnrico Rava, Gianni Basso, Stefano Bollani, Ares Tavolazzi, Massimo Manzi2002Album
RenaissanceEnrico Rava2002Album
Montréal Diary /BEnrico Rava, Stefano Bollani2002Album
[Vento]Barbara Casini, Enrico Rava2000Album
Live At Birdland NeuburgEnrico Rava & Michael Flügel Quartet2000Album
Duo En NoirEnrico Rava / Ran Blake1999Album
Shades Of ChetEnrico Rava - Paolo Fresu1999Album
Rava Plays RavaEnrico Rava, Stefano Bollani1999Album
Certi Angoli SegretiEnrico Rava1998Album
IconEnrico Rava, Claudio Fasoli, Franco D'Andrea1998Album
Ragazzi SelvaggiEnrico Rava1998Album
L'Altro TencoAda Montellanico Quartetto & Enrico Rava1997Album
Walter Gürtler & Vanni Moretto Present: Enrico Rava & Mario RuscaEnrico Rava & Mario Rusca1997Album
Italian BalladsEnrico Rava1997Album
Ma L'Amore NoEnrico Pieranunzi Trio & Ada Montellanico with Lee Konitz & Enrico Rava1997Album
NoirEnrico Rava1996Album
For Bix And PopsEnrico Rava / Franco D'Andrea1996Album
Electric FiveEnrico Rava1995Album
CarmenEnrico Rava1995Album
ChansonEnrico Rava1994Album
Winter SkyNello Toscano With Enrico Rava1994Album
NausicaaEnrico Rava - Enrico Pieranunzi1994Album
BellaEnrico Rava / Enrico Pieranunzi / Enzo Pietropaoli / Roberto Gatto1994Album
Where Are YouEmanuele Cisi Featuring Enrico Rava1994Album
Rava L'Opera VaEnrico Rava1993Album
PyramidesFrançois Cotinaud Quartet1992Album
Tribute To MingusEnrico Rava • François Jeanneau • Hervé Sellin • François Mechali • André Ceccarelli1992Album
To...Enzo Pietropaoli Strings Project featuring Enrico Rava1992Album
Voyeur, VoyeurSigi Finkel's Powerstation featuring Enrico Rava and Wolfgang Reisinger1991Album
I'll Be AroundTiziana Ghiglioni / Enrico Rava / Mal Waldron1991Album
Rava Ullmann Willers Lillich SchäubleGebhard Ullmann / Enrico Rava / Andreas Willers / Martin Lillich / Nikolaus Schäuble1989Album
QuatreEnrico Rava, Franco D'Andrea, Miroslav Vitous, Daniel Humair1989Album
ToucanGiochi Proibiti Con Enrico Rava1989Album
Andata Senza RitornoJoël Allouche / Palle Danielsson / Serge Lazarevitch / Maurice Magnoni / Enrico Rava1988Album
SecretsEnrico Rava1987Album
String BandEnrico Rava1984Album
Nexus Meets Enrico RavaNexus & Enrico Rava1984Album
Sea SerpentBruce Johnson − John Abercrombie, Enrico Rava, Chip White, Hugo Heredia, Bonnie Brown1980Album
The PlotEnrico Rava1977Album
Quotation MarksEnrico Rava1976Album
Pupa O CrisalideEnrico Rava1975Album
El ConvidadoEnrico Rava, Aga Taura Confab1975Album
Jazz A Confronto 14Enrico Rava1975Album
The Pilgrim And The StarsEnrico Rava1975Album
Katcharpari / Cheerin' CherryEnrico Rava1974Single
Katcharpari / Who Do You Think You Are?Enrico Rava / Candlewick Green1974Single
KatcharpariEnrico Rava1973Album
Radio DaysEnrico Rava, Renato SellaniAlbum
European TrendsKarl Berger, Karin Krog, Albert Mangelsdorff, Zbigniew Seifert, François Jeanneau, Enrico Rava With Jazz Live TrioAlbum
What a Day!!!Enrico RavaAlbum
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