Enrico Rava – Italian Ballads

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On this CD, the lyrical trumpeter Enrico Rava performs themes from Fellini movies, operas and classical music, along with three originals by band members. Despite its title, not all of the selections are taken at slower tempos, but there is an emphasis on memorable and haunting melodies. The results, which do not quite fit in as avant-garde or world music, are certainly jazz. Rava, guitarists Domenico Carliri and Roberto Cecchetto, and guest Richard Galliano on accordion get some individual improvisations, generally remaining within the mood of each piece while stretching its boundaries a bit. Barbara Casini’s occasional vocals in Italian are a strong asset, and she comes across much closer to a bossa nova singer than to an opera star. Definitely an intriguing set.

Tracklist

01. The Song Of Gelsomina
02. Juliet Of The Spirits
03. Un Bel Di, Vedremo
04. Il Cielo In Una Stanza
05. Margherita
06. Bella
07. Un Canto
08. Diva
09. Return To Sorrento
10. Senza Fine
11. E Se Domani
12. Due Note
13. Stringimi Forte I Polsi
14. More
15. O Mio Babbino Caro

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