Enrico Rava – Quotation Marks

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Enrico Rava is a hugely popular trumpet player (born in Trieste, 1939) almost single-handedly brought Italian jazz to international attention. “Unique” is so overused now, but that’s exactly what this session is – there simply is nothing quite like it in the world of music. The concept might be unfairly but quickly described as bright jazz meets bittersweet South American. Apparently, Rava began with a series of poems by Argentian poet Mario Trejo and recorded three settings of them in New York. The late Jeanne Lee has rarely sounded better than she does in this context, with a superb backup band – guitarist John Abercrombie, drummer Jack DeJohnette, David Horowiz on piano and synth, Herb Bushler on bass and percussionists Ray Armando and Warren Smith – all of whom work hard to sound light and driving, very much in the spirit of Brazilian and Argentinian music.  Four months later Rava completed the album in Buenos Aires, recording four non-vocal tracks with a completely different band including the soulful bandoneon player Rodolfo Mederos, reedman Finito Bingert (who gets one nice flute solo), pianist Matias Pizarro, guitarist Ricardo Lew, and percussionists Nestor Astarita and El Chino Rossi.  The similarity in instrumentation is one element that gives the album its unity, but each of the pieces is complementary to the others – by the end of the album, you feel that you’ve heard a complete artistic statement.

Tracklist

01. Espejismo Ratonera
02. Short Visit To Malena
03. Sola
04. San Justo
05. Water kite
06. Quotation Marks – Naranjales
07. Melancolia De Las Maletas

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One Response to “Enrico Rava – Quotation Marks”

  1. Bimbo says:

    It is really a lovely LP. I have listened to it all the time (though intermittently) since I got hold of it in late-70s. It still sounds just as great as it did when I was a teenager. Was surprised that it has no special mention on the Enrico Rava’s official web site. And also that he was born in nearby Trieste, Italy. I have always thought he was from somewhere in Latin America. Silly, I know, but in those days there was no internet and media coverage of this sort of music was quite scarce.

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