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Enrico Rava is currently playing at a peak of lyrical inventiveness and his newest Italian quintet is amongst his strongest ensembles.

Since his return to ECM with “Easy Living” in 2003, the grand master of Italian jazz has gone from strength to strength, in a series of truly exceptional recordings including “Tati”, “The Words and The Days”, “The ... Read more in Amazon's Enrico Rava Store

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  • Audio CD (February 6, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B000L43OPI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,433 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Words and the Days, the new quintet album by Enrico Rava, picks up where Easy Living left off. Rava's widely acclaimed return to ECM in 2003 was not only a reintroduction to one of European jazz's most elegantly inventive players, it was also a significant showcase for a real band. This is no less striking on The Words and the Days despite the departure of Stefano Bollani who is now focussing on his activities as a soloist and leader. The new pianist, Andrea Pozza proves ideally suited to the group's concept and their sense of ensemble is as strong as ever. Securely anchored in the tradition, rhythmically-assured and flexible, the quintet is able to react instantly to Rava's changing moods. One of the particular pleasures is Enrico's creative rapport with trombonist Gianluca Petrella - arguably Rava's most compatible frontline partner since the days when Rava and Roswell Rudd pooled personnel for their respective bands, but the whole group is in fine form throughout.

Rava's spectrum is broad. Pat Metheny recently spoke of the trumpeter's "amazing conception of melody and music in general, which instantly offered everything to my ears that I loved to hear, all in one unbelievably beautiful package" (Down Beat, January 2006), and the music's non-demonstrative compendiousness is certainly part of its charm. Rava (born 1939 in Trieste) is one of the few players who has explored almost all of jazz's history. He started out playing Kid Ory-inspired trombone in a Dixieland band, then switched to trumpet after seeing Miles Davis play in Turin with Lester Young in 1956. In the early 1960s, at the urging of Gato Barbieri, he became a full time jazz musician, joining Gato's band in 1964. In Rome he met Steve Lacy and toured widely with him, recording the classic "The Forest and the Zoo" (ESP) in Buenos Aires in 1966. The association with Lacy also brought him into contact with New York's Jazz Composer's Orchestra (Rava plays on Carla Bley's Escalator Over The Hill) and with Cecil Taylor. He made his ECM debut with The Pilgrim And The Stars in 1975, featuring John Abercrombie, Palle Danielsson and Jon Christensen. Later ECM recordings included groups with Roswell Rudd (Enrico Rava Quartet, 1978) and Dino Saluzzi (Volver, 1986). He also toured and recorded with Alex Schlippenbach's Globe Unity Orchestra (Compositions, 1979). But no matter how "free" the context, Rava was always a melodic, singing trumpeter. The lyrical side of his playing, and his composing, has developed over the years, but already in the 1970s Rava was contrasting a mellow `romantic' trumpet sound with freer tendencies. This is one of the subjects of "Dr. Ra and Mr. Va", a piece first heard on The Plot, 1976, revisited now The Words and the Days.

Another of Rava's continuing interests has been the sound-world of Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman. This was touched upon on both Easy Living and on Tati (2004), Enrico's trio recording with Stefano Bollani and Paul Motian. Now the quintet plays Cherry's "Art Deco".

Repertoire, otherwise, is composed by Rava, save for "Traps" by drummer Roberto Gatto, bassist Rosario Bonaccorso's "Sogni proibiti" (forbidden dreams), and the standard "The Wind" - the Russ Freeman tune which Chet Baker used to play. Enrico's "Echoes of Duke" conjures the Ellington of the Cotton Club years, at least in its early moments, while "Serpent" is an undulating piece whose unpredictable trajectory brings late 60s Miles to mind - yet all these are unmistakably stamped with Rava's musical personality. The title track is a particularly affecting instance of his vaulting melodic flair in a free ballad context, "Secrets" a piece he has returned to over the years... In all, a rich and varied programme.

New pianist Andrea Pozza (born 1965 in Genoa) began playing jazz at the age of 13 in the clubs of Genoa. He has accompanied very many American players, amongst them Lee Konitz, Chet Baker, Slide Hampton, Charlie Mariano, Sal Nistico, George Coleman, Al Grey, Jimmy Knepper and many more. He has worked extensively with saxophonist Steve Grossman.

Trombonist Gianluca Petrella (born 1975 in Bari) has played with Rava for a decade already. Earlier in his career he worked with Roberto Ottaviano, Carla Bley, Greg Osby, Lester Bowie and others. He made his ECM debut in 2001 on "Charmediterranéan" by the Orchestre Nationale de Jazz with Anouar Brahem and Gianluigi Trovesi. In 2005 he issued an album as a leader with Blue Note. Petrella also works regularly with singer Cristina Zavollini.

Bassist Rosario Bonaccorso (born 1957 in Sicily) is especially valued for his ability to play "in the tradition" and has been a valued sideman for international players including Benny Golson, James Moody, Lee Konitz, George Coleman, Clark Terry and Cedar Walton. He also leads his own quintet, for which Andrea Pozza is pianist.

Roberto Gatto (born 1958 in Rome) has been associated, off and on, with Rava over a period of more than 20 years. Reviewing the drummer with Enrico, Down Beat wrote, "Gatto listens and responds: Tony Williams and Jack DeJohnette together." His inspirations are wider however, and he has also been influenced by `free' drummers including Han Bennink. Gatto has played with a vast cast of international jazz talents, including: Tommy Flanagan, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Johnny Griffin, Steve Lacy, Phil Woods, Joe Zawinul, Pat Metheny and many more.

The noted Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava is back on ECM, where time likes to stand still in the studio, and his sturdy, burnished lyricism is on full display. But in tandem with his terrific young trombonist of recent years, Gianluca Petrella (whose Blue Note debut was one of last year's best albums), the 67-year-old Rava sets off his dreamy reflections with looser, freer, rhythmically active pieces animated by both modern screech tones and genial borrowings from early jazz. Songs such as Rava's "Echoes of Duke," a jibbing and jabbing updating of Duke Ellington's "Echoes of Harlem," are so lively, you may find yourself wishing the whole album were like that. But there's no denying the rewards of more muted material like Rava's labyrinthine "Secrets." His excellent, all-Italian working quintet includes a new pianist in Andrea Pozza, whose clean, flowing style neatly ties up the songs, as well as returnees Rosario Bonaccorso on bass and Roberto Gatto on drums. --Lloyd Sachs

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I think one of Rava's best recent albums.
E. C Goodstein
Building to a breezy, gentle gait, effective solos by Rava as well as bassist Rosario Bonaccorso, Pozza, and Petrella serve to formally introduce the band.
James Lamperetta
If anything, Pozza's style might even make the band's sound even closer, more empathetic than before.
Larry L. Looney

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Larry L. Looney on February 27, 2007
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It's only February, but I can state without fear of later contradicting myself that this album is going to be on my top ten list of recordings in all genres of music for the year - and very likely at the top of all of 2007's jazz releases. It's that good. It's absolutely stunning.

Enrico Rava has, over the course of his career (40+ years), continued to solidify his reputation as one of the most vital, innovative jazz players and composers in the world. His sense of melody, harmony, timing and mood have grown and matured over time to an incredible degree - his compositions flow with a natural, living spirit, possessing a life of their own. This current band, more than any other that he has had, plays with a unity of purpose and vision that elevates it to a plateau that few ensembles ever reach - it's a complete joy as a listener to encounter music that is composed and performed on this level.

The personnel on The words and the days is the same as Rava's impeccable 2004 release Easy living (which marked his return to the ECM fold after working with various other labels for a number of years), with the exception of Andrea Pozza replacing Stefano Bollani on piano. Bollani is a wunderkind, but Pozza has absolutely no trouble stepping into his slot. If anything, Pozza's style might even make the band's sound even closer, more empathetic than before. I got a little taste of him working with Rava and trombonist Petrella in a DVD of Rava's performance at the 2006 Montreal Jazz Festival - his work in that performance (along with everyone in the band) was amazing.

It's almost as if the five musicians are in touch with each other telepathically - the mark of a great ensemble in any genre, but especially in jazz.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Lamperetta on February 6, 2007
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Enrico Rava is jazz royalty in his native Italy. In the more than four-decades since he gained his initial acclaim in the then burgeoning avant-garde scene as part of Argentinean saxophonist Gato Barbieri's band, he has not only mentored two generations of his homeland's aspiring jazz musicians but also become one of its most valued and valuable musical exports.

With his most recent ECM release, "The Words and the Days," Rava picks up where `04's gem "Easy Living" left off. Featuring the same group- with the exception of pianist Andrea Pozza who replaces Stefano Bollani, the quintet once again showcases their unique brand of nimble, empathic interplay.

Buoyed by a strong group aesthetic, much of the strength and charm of this collective comes from the quality of the material they work with. Eight of the twelve tunes are Rava originals. A craftsman in the truest sense, the trumpeter's trademark sonic sketches expertly capture and convey a mood while also providing an ideal backdrop for interaction and improvisation.

The title track opens the disc with the trumpeter delicately delivering the wistful longing of the theme over the rhythm section's hushed accompaniment. The twice-recorded "Secrets" follows and finds trombonist Gianluca Petrella joining the front-line. Building to a breezy, gentle gait, effective solos by Rava as well as bassist Rosario Bonaccorso, Pozza, and Petrella serve to formally introduce the band.

The terse swing of "Echoes of Duke" is anchored by Pozza's piano and propelled by Gatto and Bonaccorso. Rava solos with gleeful abandon and considerable aplomb while Petrella's plunger-muted solo evokes the playful musicality of the finest Ellington ensembles and would surely make the tunes' namesake proud.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By maqroll on August 15, 2007
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An impressive album from an impressive Italian quintet. Rava plays the tunes with relaxed feeling and subtle strength, while the band follows him with inventiveness and depth. Petrella on trombone is just as good, Bonaccorso on bass delivers mellow lines and Gatto on drums is the most sympathetic partner one can think of. If you wonder whether you are going to miss the incredibly gifted Stefano Bollani on piano, you'll be surprised to discover Andrea Pozza as a valid replacement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Watson on November 6, 2007
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I like this album a lot, but it has to really grow on you. This album is very mellow and blue. But is is perfect for playing after a long day as kind of a background sound. I also posses Tati, by Rava which is very similar. Very, very nice and extremely mellow. Rava has been setting the standard for non-American jazz for sometime. For those of you who yearn for something off the beaten track, check him out
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