Trumpeter and composer Enrico Rava is considered the grand master of Italian jazz. Always engaged in the most diverse and stimulating musical experiences, he crisscrosses styles from avant-garde and jazz-funk to hard bop, modal, and folk-jazz with trademark lyricism and elegant phrasing. Rava appeared on the European jazz scene in the early '60s, quickly establishing himself as a soloist. He emigrated to New York in 1967 and began working with luminaries such as Cecil Taylor, Carla Bley, Roswell Rudd, and Charlie Haden. Katcharpari, his 1973 debut album, offered a fresh take on jazz fusion. 1975's classic, expansive The Pilgrim and the Stars and 1978's Enrico Rava Quartet were both issued by ECM, but he has recorded for dozens of labels. 1995's Carmen offered a poignant jazz interpretation of arias from the opera. Since releasing 1999's ...
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