Enrico Rava

Born 20 August 1939.
Enrico Rava

Biography

Enrico Rava (born 20 August 1939 in Trieste, Italy), is a prolific jazz trumpeter and arguably one of the best known Italian jazz musicians. He originally played trombone, changing to the trumpet after hearing Miles Davis. His first commercial work was as a member of Gato Barbieri's Italian quintet in the mid-1960s; in the late 1960s he was a member of Steve Lacy's group. In 1967 Rava moved to New York City, and one month later became a member of the group Gas Mask, a group that had one LP on Tonsil Records in 1970. He has played with artists such as Carla Bley, Jeanne Lee, Paul Motian, Lee Konitz and Roswell Rudd. Chiefly an exponent of bebop jazz, Enrico Rava has also played successfully in avant-garde settings. His style may partly recall Kenny Wheeler's in its spareness and lightness of tone, albeit Rava's is harmonically simpler.

In the 1970s and 1980s he worked with Pat Metheny, Michel Petrucciani, John Abercrombie, Joe Henderson, Richard Galliano, Miroslav Vitouš, Andrea Centazzo, Joe Lovano, Gil Evans and Cecil Taylor.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of New York Days

    New York Days 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    An American combo who have brought out the best in him for a long time.
  2. Review of Tati

    Tati 2005

    Reviewed by Lara Bellini
    Italian trumpeter hooks up with legendary US drummer Paul Motian and longtime pianist...
  3. Review of Easy Living

    Easy Living 2004

    Reviewed by Martin Longley
    First outing on ECM in 16 years from the Italian trumpet star...