Enrico Rava is playing at a peak of lyrical inventiveness on 'Tribe' and this Italian quintet is amongst his strongest ensembles. Since his return to ECM with Easy Living in 2003, the grand master of Italian jazz has gone from strength to strength, in a series of truly exceptional recordings including Tati, The Words and The Days, The Third Man, and New York Days. Now comes Tribe which posits Enrico as the wise yet impulsive elder, leading a band of bright young talents.
Trombonist Gianluca Petrella is retained from The Words and the Days line-up. Voted Rising Star Trombonist in the Down Beat Critics Poll of 2005, he has a front-line relationship with Rava which recalls Enrico's affinity with Roswell Rudd back in the heyday of the New York 'free' era. Rava and Petrella are players who love and understand the entire history of jazz - from New Orleans to the present day - and quick-witted exchanges abound here, referencing all of the music.
Enrico has always encouraged younger musicians and pianist Giovanni Guidi (born 1985) is a real find, a player of creativity and imagination. "Giovanni Guidi is like Bollani and Petrella: he astounds me every time." Gabriele Evangelista (born 1988), another young player of promise, works splendidly alongside widely-experienced drummer Fabrizio Sferra, whose resume includes work with Chet Baker, Paul Bley and Kenny Wheeler.
The quintet is augmented on several tracks by the discreet guitar of Giacomo Ancillotto, an up-and-coming young player best known in Italy for his work with the Caterina Pallazzi Quartet. Material on Tribe includes new and old tunes by Rava and collective improvisation. It was recorded at Arte Suono Studio in Udine in October 2010, with Manfred Eicher producing.
Personnel: Enrico Rava (trumpet), Gianluca Petrella (trombone), Giovanni Guidi (piano), Gabriele Evangelista (double-bass), Fabrizio Sferra (drums) with Giacomo Ancillotto (guitar)
CD New & Old Tunes & A Brace Of Collective Improvisation