Enrico Rava

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Enrico Rava
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Enrico Rava in 2005
Background information
Born (1939-08-20) 20 August 1939 (age 77)
Trieste, Italy
Genres Jazz, avant garde jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Trumpet
Years active 1960s–present
Labels Black Saint, ECM, Soul Note, Label Bleu, Philology, CAM Jazz, Duck
Website www.enricorava.com

Enrico Rava (born 20 August 1939 in Trieste, Italy), is an Italian jazz trumpeter. 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.

With trumpeter Paolo Fresu, Rava recorded a series of four albums on the influence of Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, and Miles Davis (Bix, Pop, Shades of Chet, Play Miles Davis). Also of note are his recordings Rava, L'Opera Va' and Carmen; his own interpretations of operatic arias and overtures. In 2001, he founded a quintet with pianist Stefano Bollani, and toured with Gato Barbieri and Aldo Romano. In the trio Europeans he worked with German bass player Eberhard Weber and Swiss percussionist Reto Weber.


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Carla Bley

With Lee Konitz

With Steve Lacy

With Jimmy Lyons

With Archie Shepp


  1. ^ "Enrico Rava | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Enrico Rava - Italian Jazz Trumpeter | Official Website | Discography". Retrieved 26 September 2016. 

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