Enrico Rava – Italian Ballads (1996) [Japan 2017]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 71:52 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,9 GB
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Enrico Rava is a jazz trumpeter and arguably one of the best known Italian jazz musicians. He started on trombone, then changed to the trumpet after hearing Miles Davis. 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. Chiefly an exponent of bebop jazz, Rava has also played in avant-garde jazz settings.
On this album, 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.
01. The Song Of Gelsomina
02. Giulietta Degli Spiriti
03. Un Bel Di, Vedremo
04. Il Cielo In Una Stanza
07. Un Canto
09. Torna A Surriento
10. Senza Fine
11. E Se Domani
12. Due Note
13. Stringimi Forte I Polsi
15. O Mio Babbino Caro
Enrico Rava – trumpet
Domenico Caliri – guitars
Roberto Cecchetto – guitars
Giovanni Maier – double bass
U.T. Ghandi – drums & percussions
Barbara Casini – vocals
Richard Galliano – accordion
Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Tetsuo Hara. Engineered by Maurizio Soranzo.
Recorded on March 2-4, 1996 at Farm Studio in Venezia, Italy.
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix. VENUS Japan # VHGD-226.