Enrico Rava Special Edition
To celebrate his eightieth birthday three years ago, Enrico Rava created a “Special Edition” consisting of some talented musicians he has discovered and launched in recent years.
A few months ago, the band released a live album for ECM recorded in Antwerp and titled “Edizione Speciale”. The performance is brilliant.
At the age of eighty, Rava, like the great jazzmen, has not lost his ability to create new formulas and projects, original artistic partnerships, and to discover and nurture a new generation of musicians. Examples of this are Rava Under 21 and New Generation. Surrounding himself with younger players, Rava has continued to explore and innovate. His Special Edition includes Francesco Bearzatti and Giovanni Guidi, together with the rhythm section of his New Quartet (winner of the 2015 Musica Jazz Poll) featuring Francesco Diodati on guitar, Gabriele Evangelista on bass, and Enrico Morello on drums. They all are protagonists of the Italian and international jazz scene.
There is no need to emphasize how much Rava influenced the development of Italian and European jazz. The free jazz period in the early years of his career with Steve Lacy and Gato Barbieri, his New York experience with Cecil Taylor, Carla Bley, and the JCO (Bley’s monumental work, “Escalator Over The Hill”), the hybridizations with the European avant-garde, the discovery of the opera in a jazz key, the collaborations with some of the most important artists of the contemporary scene: these are chapters of the history of European jazz, rather than a single biography.