ENRICO RAVA SPECIAL EDITION
Enrico Rava 80th Anniversary – World Tour 2019
with FRANCESCO BEARZATTI, GIOVANNI GUIDI
FRANCESCO DIODATI, GABRIELE EVANGELISTA, ENRICO MORELLO
Enrico Rava celebrates his splendid 80 years (his birthday is August 20) and gives himself an exceptional gift: a tour of theatres, clubs and festivals around the world with a “Special Edition” that brings together some of the talents he has discovered and launched in recent years. An eighty-year old, Rava, who, like all great jazzmen, has never lost the freshness of ideas that leads to inventing formulas and projects, building new artistic partnerships, discovering and enhancing emerging musicians. For example, Rava Under 21 and New Generation. In short, even surrounding himself with new talent, Rava has continued to browse through the pages of music and, consequently, to innovate. In Special Edition we find some of the young people he has launched. The group is a sextet which includes Francesco Bearzatti, Giovanni Guidi and the rhythm section of the New Quartet which won the Jazz Music referendum in 2015: Francesco Diodati on guitar, Gabriele Evangelista on double bass and Enrico Morello on drums. Today they are all protagonists of the Italian (and not only) jazz scene.
Rava’s birthday is a feast for the whole jazz world, considering how its development has been influenced by the trumpet player from Trieste. Free jazz in the early years of his career with Steve Lacy and Gato Barbieri, the New York experience with Cecil Taylor, Carla Bley and the JCO (Bley’s monumental work, Escalator Over The Hill), mixing with European avant-garde, the discovery of opera in a jazz key, collaborations with some of the most important contemporary artists: these are chapters, more than a single biography, of the history of Italian jazz.