ENRICO RAVA QUINTET, TRIBE

Enrico Rava is an evocative trumpeter and composer with a deeply felt affinity for film music, particularly from his native Italy. His albums, and there are many good ones, have a cinematic quality and indeed, the albums titled “Tati” (ECM) and “La Dolce Vita” (Cam Jazz) trace this love affair. “Tribe” (ECM) groups Rava with a team of younger Italian musicians with a similar interest, notably trombonist Gianluca Patrella, who shares front line duties without reservation and a prescient rhythm section led by pianist Giovanni Guidi. Rava is definitely fired up by this band in spite of a program that drifts between gauzy tone poems and energetic tunes like the sharply rendered “Choctaw” where the quintet snaps into focus and enriches a typically buoyant Rava melody. “Tribe” also gives the masterful Rava a platform to revisit tunes he’s previously recorded, which goes to show how flexible and interesting his music can be in present day hands. The trumpeter can be somber (“Amnesia”), sentimental (“F. Express”) and a straight-up modernist (the juicy title track), which gives “Tribe” its overall vibe. (12 tracks; 64:51 minutes)

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JAZZ IN SPACE: ENRICO RAVA QUINTET, TRIBE

Friday, February 24, 2012

ENRICO RAVA QUINTET, TRIBE

Enrico Rava is an evocative trumpeter and composer with a deeply felt affinity for film music, particularly from his native Italy. His albums, and there are many good ones, have a cinematic quality and indeed, the albums titled “Tati” (ECM) and “La Dolce Vita” (Cam Jazz) trace this love affair. “Tribe” (ECM) groups Rava with a team of younger Italian musicians with a similar interest, notably trombonist Gianluca Patrella, who shares front line duties without reservation and a prescient rhythm section led by pianist Giovanni Guidi. Rava is definitely fired up by this band in spite of a program that drifts between gauzy tone poems and energetic tunes like the sharply rendered “Choctaw” where the quintet snaps into focus and enriches a typically buoyant Rava melody. “Tribe” also gives the masterful Rava a platform to revisit tunes he’s previously recorded, which goes to show how flexible and interesting his music can be in present day hands. The trumpeter can be somber (“Amnesia”), sentimental (“F. Express”) and a straight-up modernist (the juicy title track), which gives “Tribe” its overall vibe. (12 tracks; 64:51 minutes)

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