UMBRIA JAZZ and ITALIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS PRESENT:
Enrico Rava Quintet “Tribe"
315 West 44th St
New York, NY, 10036
Doors 10:30 PM / Show 11:00 PM
Enrico Rava Quintet “Tribe"
Enrico Rava is undoubtedly the most well-known Italian jazz musician on a global level. Since his rapid rise to fame on the international scene in the mid sixties, he has been constantly involved in numerous original projects, and is considered one of the most important trumpet soloists on the European scene. His individuality on a musical and personal level make him hard to define, a musician who moves outside of traditional limits of genre and style, who refuses to adhere to convention. His style is immediately recognizable, his lyrical sound constantly sustained by an astonishing freshness of ideas which are revealed in all of his musical endeavours.
Rava's vast discography includes some real gems of artistic (and perhaps historical) significance, including Quartet (ECM 1978) “Rava l’opera Va” (Label Bleu 1993), “Easy Living” (ECM 2004), "Tati" (ECM 2005) and “The Words and the Days” (ECM 2007) and the latest “ New York Days” (ECM 2009).
In addition to his work as leader, Rava has been an important collaborator of many of the most important Italian, European and American musicians, including Franco D'Andrea, Stefano Bollani, Massimo Urbani, Philip Catherine, Lee Konitz, Aldo Romano, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, Palle Danielsson, Jon Christensen, Nana Vasconcelos, Miroslav Vitous, Daniel Humair, Michel Petrucciani, Charlie Mariano, Joe Lovano (with whom he co-led a quartet in the early 90's) Albert Mangelsdorff, Dino Saluzzi, Richard Gallliano, Martial Solal, Archie Shepp, John Taylor, Paul Motian, Mark Turner etc...
He has toured in the USA, Japan, Canada, Europe, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, with appearances at important festivals (Montreal, Toronto, Houston, Los Angeles, Perugia, Antibes, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, etc.) He has repeatedly been named “Best Musician” in the yearly referendum conducted by “Musica Jazz” (Italy's premier jazz periodical), as well as winning “Best Group” and “Best Record”.
Named “Knight of Arts and Letters” by the French Ministry of Culture, in 2002 Rava was also recipient of the prestigious “Jazzpar Prize” in Copenhagen.
In the last three years, Rava appeared as 4th place in the Trumpet category in the referendums conducted by the American magazine “Down Beat,” following Dave Douglas, Wynton Marsalis and Roy Hargrove.
ENRICO RAVA TRIBE featuring GIANLUCA PETRELLA
The group includes several generations of musicians, each of whom bring strong personality and solo voices to the table. Since the beginning of his career as a leader, Rava has used a technique favored by many of the greatest jazz artists: periodically inserting young musicians, new talents in his groups, which tend to bring new ideas to the group and give it a fresher sound, respectful of tradition, but open to new possibilities and transformations. Some historic examples of this idea include the groups of Miles and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, which, despite respective differences in style, contributed in the “discovery” of many young musicians who later went on to forge important solo careers, in the meantime exerting strong influence as well on their bandleaders. Rava shares this predilection for scouting new talent, which can be easily seen considering the long list of young talents who have been brought to the forefront in part thanks to his intervention: guitarist Roberto Cecchetto, trombone player Gianluca Petrella, and the pianists Stefano Bollani and Giovanni Guidi, a current member of the TRIBE project.
A shining example of Italy's latest generation of jazz talent, GIOVANNI GUIDI was named “Best New Talent” by Musica Jazz in their 2007 poll “Top Jazz.” He has released several critically acclaimed albums and has performed in many important festivals, both within Italy and internationally.
GIANLUCA PETRELLA is considered one of the world's finest jazz trombonists. He has appeared with musicians such as Steve Bernstein, Bobby Previte, Greg Osby, Carla Bley as well as Italians Roberto Gatto, Antonello Salis, Gianluigi Trovesi, Francesco Bearzatti, Paolino Dalla Porta, Paolo Fresu, Danilo Rea, Enzo Pietropaoli...and the list goes on. A fixture on the international scene, he has appeared in many of the most important international festivals, including Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, Chicago, Rio de Janiero, Oslo, London, Berlin, Umbria Jazz and the Blue Note Jazz Clubs of Tokyo and New York
GABRIELE EVANGELISTA is a very young bass player who Rava met at the jazz workshops in Siena. He's growing by leaps and bounds and is very much in demand with Italian and international musicians such as Roberto Gatto, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Alessandro Lanzoni and Danilo Rea for his extroardinary gifts (interplay, boundless creativity and great precision).
Now nearing his fifties, FABRIZIO SFERRA is the founder of the well-known and widely acclaimed trio “Doctor 3.” His experience in widely varying contexts has helped him develop an extremely refined dynamic and rhythmic control, and thanks to his artistic sensibility and versatility, he has come to be considered a true original of European drumming, able to fit into various group contexts, contributing greatly to the sound and interplay of the group.
A group composed of such richly varied and original soloists requires a decisive esthetic direction to permit creative dialogue between the musicians; Rava's clear authority as leader stems from his ability to draw out the best from his sidemen, allowing them to reveal their abundant originality within the expressive world of his original compositions. The result is a multi-faceted mosaic of musical expression in constant flux.