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Enrico Rava: New York Days

Within this cross-generational Italian-American all-star band there are deep established relationships and provocative new ones. Trumpeter Enrico Rava and pianist Stefano Bollani are colleagues of long standing. Drummer Paul Motian joined Rava and Bollani to make the 2005 ECM trio album Tati. Bassist Larry Grenadier has rarely played with anyone here except Motian. Tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, in his ECM debut, is the wild card.

Turner is the wild card because, even though he moderates his intensity to fit within the chamber jazz aesthetic of a Rava album, tonally and conceptually he is a stark contrast. His lines are austere and vertical whereas Rava plays sensuous, free, floating forms. Their dissociative counterpoint is intriguing for its subtle tensions.

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