The Words And The Days

Enrico Rava Quintet

CD18,90 out of print
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December 2005, Artesuono Recording Studio, Udine

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  • 1The Words And The Days
    (Enrico Rava)
  • 2Secrets
    (Enrico Rava)
  • 3The Wind
    (Russell Freeman)
  • 4Echoes Of Duke
    (Enrico Rava)
  • 5Tutù
    (Enrico Rava)
  • 6Sogni proibiti
    (Rosario Bonaccorso)
  • 7Todamor
    (Enrico Rava)
  • 8Serpent
    (Enrico Rava)
  • 9Art Deco
    (Don Cherry)
  • 10Traps
    (Roberto Gatto)
  • 11Bob The Cat
    (Enrico Rava)
  • 12Dr. Ra And Mr. Va
    (Enrico Rava)
Jazz Review, Editor’s Choice
Stereoplay, Die Audiophile
Audio, Jazz-CD des Monats
Rondo, Jazz-CD des Monats
Jazzman, Choc du mois
Classica, L’événement jazz du mois
Jazz Magazine, Disque démoi
One of the most charismatic of jazz musicians, Enrico Rava has truly hit a purple patch in his career – he’s got a great band, he’s with the best label in the world and he’s making the finest music of a long, distinguished career. … This music will make you feel good about the world, maybe because it gives voice to all those values that however downtrodden won’t go away. I could tell you that this track is ballad, that one uptempo and this one has a Latin feel. But it deserves better than that. Simply, they should distil this, bottle it and serve it everywhere. A wizard and a true star.
Duncan Heining, Jazzwise
The Words and The Days captures the crystalline simplicity and all-encompassing moods of both this Italian trumpeter and his label. The disc’s opening features long tones, an echo, falling-water piano and scattershot drums. It’s an ambient mediation, gorgeous and precious. … Enrico Rava’s sound is king: a singing, sweeping tone, stretching from an almost classical purity to deep Miles Davis. … Still, the quintet’s book is far broader than this. They play Don Cherry’s “Art Deco” and Russ Freeman’s “The Wind”. Rava’s own “Echoes Of Duke” is a paean to Cotton Club-era Duke Ellington, and his “Secrets” with its great, surging pulse, feels like a direct descendant of Herbie Hancock’s “I Have A Dream”. The album’s core sound rests with the two-horn lead: Rava and trombonist Gianluca Petrella. They’re a marvellous pair.
Greg Buium, DownBeat
Rava’s long and distinguished career has followed a similar trajectory to that of labelmate Tomasz Stanko, whose recent all-Polish quartet Rava’s new group so closely mirrors. Each leader brings an authoritative voice, vast experience and a similar range of influences, all of which are distilled and magnificently realised by a highly in-tune set of musicians. …
A release of great warmth and uplifting beauty, this is every bit as essential as any of Stanko’s recent highs, and Manfred Eicher can be very proud of both.
Fred Grand, Jazzreview
Als Wegbereiter des aufgeklärten europäischen Jazz spielt der Trompeter Enrico Rava in seiner eigenen Liga. ... Zart und verhangen im Ton, bisweilen auch scharf und fordernd entwickelt Rava seine Linien, lässt sie über den Rhythmen schweben und verankert sie in den klanglichen Texturen. Mit The Words And the Days dem neuen Album seines Quintetts, schlägt Rava einen weiten Bogen durch die Jazzgeschichte vom Duke Ellington der Cotton-Club-Ära bis hin zur jüngeren Generation. Doch letztlich triumphieren im harmonischen Spannungsfeld immer wieder die Trompete und die Melodie.
Stefan Hentz, Financial Times Deutschland
Wenige entsprechen noch jenem schönen Ideal, wonach Jazzmusiker sofort erkennbar sein sollten an Klang und Improvisations-Stil. Der italienische Trompeter Enrico Rava freilich zählt zu ihnen. Auf seinem neuen Album, The Words and the Days, beweist er im Quintett abermals sein elegisches Genie.
Uli Bernays, Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Mit seinen 67 und dem exzellenten Ruf muss Trompeter Rava wahrlich niemandem mehr etwas beweisen. Und beflügelt folglich entspannt mit schön lyrischem Ton seine mal balladesk schimmernden, mal frei lodernden Stücke. Fabelhaft begleitet von Posaunist Petralla, Rosario Bonaccorso(Bass), Roberto Gatto (Drums) und Bollani-Nachfolger Andrea Pozza. … Die zwölf klanggewaltigen Tracks bieten Lichtblicke zuhauf. Spannend.
Sven Thielmann, Stereoplay
Ravas lyrische Substanz erlangt im Quintett eine atemberaubend tiefgründige Heiterkeit, breitet sich entspannt und doch allzeit spannend vor dem Hörer aus. Die Instrumental-rhetorischen, fein kontrastierenden Kunststückchen im Dialog mit Posaunist Gianluca Petrella sowie der neue Pianist Andrea Pozzo ... schaffen die Quadratur des Kreises: Melos ohne Pathos. Wieder ein großer Wurf.
Reinhard Köchl, Jazzthing
Enrico Rava et ses complices nous invitent à partager un univers où la mélodie est reine. La générosité du leader rend ses musiciens libres. Il entraîne le tromboniste Gianluca Petrella dans des nuances pastels inouïes. Andrea Pozza est un illuminé-allumé d’une bienheureuse finesse. Rosario Bonaccorso est juste et léger. Les batteurs en herbe devraient tendre leurs antennes vers le jeu subtil de Roberto Gatto. Quant à Enrico, il est de ceux qui ont le son. Pour briller, il lui suffit d’être présent. Cet album exemplaire résume une vie de passion musicale.
Julien Delli Fiori, Jazzman
“Italy has yet to produce a more accomplished jazz musician than the trumpeter Enrico Rava. Since the late 1960s, when he was a presence on New York’s thriving avant-garde scene, Mr Rava has earned a reputation for incisive instincts and an appealingly burnished tone. Somewhere along the line, he became both a part of Italian popular culture and, more meaningfully, a mentor to many of his country’s best aspiring players.”
Nate Chinen, New York Times

“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”: with team-spirited pianist Andrea Pozza replacing virtuosic soloist Stefano Bollani, the group’s sense of purpose is redoubled. 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 have 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 on “The Words and the Days”.
Another of Rava’s continuing interests has been the soundworld 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 Rava plays Cherry’s “Art Deco” as a duet with Gianluca Petrella.

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 National 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 Zavalloni.

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.