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Roy Hargrove and Enrico Rava at the 2001 Montreal Jazz Festival

Enrico Rava

Among the myriad charms of the massive Montreal Jazz Festival are its Invitation series. These four-night stands by multifaceted musicians offer a unique glimpse into the versatility and vision of the invited artists. For the 22nd edition of the festival, Invitation series players included Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove and trumpeter Enrico Rava, whose four nights capped off the Jazz Europa series spotlight on Italy.

The prospect of comparing and contrasting four evenings of artistry from Hargrove, a quintessential representative of a generation of American jazzers who’ve been accused of conservatism at the expense of advancing the art form, with Rava, a potent representative for European jazz, many of whose musicians and supporters have been pointing sharpened criticism at what they view as the current creative malaise in American jazz.

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