Enrico Rava Quartet with Gianluca Petrella - Wild Dance (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Enrico Rava Quartet with Gianluca Petrella - Wild Dance (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Enrico Rava Quartet with Gianluca Petrella - Wild Dance (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 66:49 minutes | 1,25 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

A cross-generational project by the grand master of Italian Jazz. Energized by joyous experiences on the road the ever youthful Enrico Rava took his new working quartet of the last two years into Arte Suono Studio in Udine. Here they were joined by trombonist Gianluca Petrella, an internationally noted player through his contributions to Rava’s three acclaimed post-millennium quintet albums…

Stalwart Italian jazz trumpeter Enrico Rava introduces his new working quartet for this Wild Dance, joined by longtime playing partner trombonist Gianluca Petrella. Petrella contributed to Rava's three ECM post-millennium quintet albums Tribe (2011), The Words & The Days (2005) and Easy Living (2003). The basic quartet features a guitar rather than piano, recalling Rava's 1970s ECM recordings with John Abercrombie, The Pilgrim And The Stars (1975) and The Plot (1976). Guitarist Francesco Diodati is more of a texturalist in the Bill Frisell mode, contributing to the group sound in different ways from tune to tune. "I often prefer to hear a guitarist playing behind a soloist—not least because guitarists can't play chords with 10 fingers," Rava jokes.

The only other quartet member returning from Rava's previous small group album is double bassist Gabriele Evangelista. So it really is a "new" quartet, once again confirming the leader's instincts as a talent scout. How does he keep finding such talented Italian jazz musicians? Rava provides them a wide variety of material to work with. Almost half the tracks are new; the others—suggested by band members, much to Rova's delight—date back to the 80s and 90s.

"Diva" (one of the older tunes) opens the album with typical ECM atmospherics. But then "Space Girl" continues with a vaguely martial rhythm, and a song-like melody that recalls the modern standard "Alfie" at first. "Infant" has a start-and-stop post-bop head that recalls Ornette Coleman (who is also referenced in "Cornette"): the solos take place over a surprisingly noisy open backing, reminding us of Rava's early avant-garde work. The band's collective improvisation goes into that territory as well, as does "Happy Shades."

The title tune is a memorable composition. But no one would identify it as "Wild Dance" in a blindfold test; it's much more reflective than wild. "F. Express" gives guitarist Diodati a chance to go fully electronic during the introduction, supplying spacey echo effects; but the tune itself has an old-school swing feel. Another example of the wide variety of moods here. Rava and Petrella are both in top form, and the youthful rhythm section is completely supportive, alternately brooding and fiery as the music demands.

Another very enjoyable recording from the ever-reliable trumpeter. Here's hoping for many more small group projects from him. This quartet certainly deserves another recording date.


01 - Diva
02 - Space Girl
03 - Don't
04 - Infant
05 - Sola
06 - Not Funny
07 - Wild Dance
08 - F. Express
09 - Cornette
10 - Overboard
11 - Happy Shades
12 - Monkitos
13 - Improvisation
14 - Frogs

Produced by Manfred Eicher. Engineered by Stefano Amerio.
Recorded in January 2015 at Artesuono Recording Studios, Udine.

Enrico Rave - trumpet
Francesco Diodati - guitar
Gabriele Evangelista - double bass
Enrico Morello - drums
Gianluca Petrella - trombone

Analyzed: Enrico Rava Quartet with Gianluca Petrella / Wild Dance

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR15 -0.09 dB -22.75 dB 7:39 01-Diva
DR15 -3.80 dB -23.23 dB 7:21 02-Space Girl
DR15 -3.78 dB -22.78 dB 4:46 03-Don't
DR15 -0.93 dB -20.36 dB 3:07 04-Infant
DR14 -2.11 dB -23.22 dB 4:44 05-Sola
DR14 -6.91 dB -24.36 dB 2:55 06-Not Funny
DR13 -6.18 dB -22.59 dB 2:59 07-Wild Dance
DR15 -2.31 dB -23.10 dB 4:41 08-F. Express
DR14 -1.74 dB -20.40 dB 3:12 09-Cornette
DR16 -0.45 dB -22.45 dB 5:22 10-Overboard
DR14 -4.15 dB -21.24 dB 2:53 11-Happy Shades
DR17 -1.88 dB -22.41 dB 3:42 12-Monkitos
DR13 -6.38 dB -24.01 dB 5:22 13-Improvisation
DR15 -1.39 dB -20.75 dB 8:05 14-Frogs

Number of tracks: 14
Official DR value: DR15

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2682 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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