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Jazz - Released September 13, 2019 | ECM

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Jazz - Released September 6, 2019 | ECM

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Piano and trumpet duets are relatively rare. In 1928, while recording Weather Bird, Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines kicked things off, followed much later by Chet Baker and Paul Bley (with Diane in 1985), Tom Harrell and Jacky Terrasson (Moon and Sand in 1991), Martial Solal and Eric le Lann (Portrait in Black and White in 2000), Martial Solal and Dave Douglas (Rue de Seine in 2006), Uri Caine and Paolo Fresu (Things in 2006), Enrico Rava and Stefano Bollani (Rava Plays Rava in 1999 and The Third Man in 2007), Oscar Peterson on five albums (with Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis and Harry “Sweets” Edison), Clark Terry’s One On One in 2000 (with fourteen different pianists!) and, most recently, Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith (A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke in 2016)... Avishai Cohen and Yonathan Avishai have known each other since their teens in Tel Aviv. The pianist even featured on the trumpeter’s two ECM albums, Into the Silence and Cross My Palm With Silver. Their innate complicity allows them to improvise freely, playfully, and intensely on Playing the Room, their first work as a duo. As the title suggests, the two Israelis also incorporate the room – in this case the Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI studio in Lugano – into their sound and they make full use of its resonant acoustics. They each sign a theme in turn before embarking on an eclectic repertoire by John Coltrane (Cresent), Duke Ellington (Azalea), Abdullah Ibrahim (Kofifi Blue), Ornette Coleman (Dee Dee), Milt Jackson (Ralph’s New Blues), Alexander Argov (Shir Eres) and Stevie Wonder (Sir Duke). And they transform this heterogeneous programme into utterly moving chamber jazz. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released September 6, 2019 | ECM

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On 20th August 2019, Enrico Rava blew out 80 candles. A few months earlier, in November 2018, the Italian trumpeter fronted a spirited quintet together with American saxophonist Joe Lovano on stage at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica in Rome. With pianist Giovanni Guidi, drummer Gerald Cleaver and bassist Dezron Douglas, the two men revisited their own repertoire (including Rava’s Interiors and Secrets and Lovano’s Forth Worth and Divine Timing). True to form, Enrico Rava’s trumpet carries him to melancholic shores worthy of Chet Baker as well as taking him down more rugged trails reminiscent of Don Cherry. His playing is warm and he remains firmly attached to his jazz roots, joining his American friend to converse with both playfulness and compassion, depending on the piece. Finally, the medley which brings their performance to a close “sums up” well this wonderfully crazy record. Slaloming through the history of modern jazz and building bridges between John Coltrane’s Spiritual and the standard Over The Rainbow, Rava and Lovana prove that their music is more alive than ever. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released September 6, 2019 | ECM

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Piano and trumpet duets are relatively rare. In 1928, while recording Weather Bird, Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines kicked things off, followed much later by Chet Baker and Paul Bley (with Diane in 1985), Tom Harrell and Jacky Terrasson (Moon and Sand in 1991), Martial Solal and Eric le Lann (Portrait in Black and White in 2000), Martial Solal and Dave Douglas (Rue de Seine in 2006), Uri Caine and Paolo Fresu (Things in 2006), Enrico Rava and Stefano Bollani (Rava Plays Rava in 1999 and The Third Man in 2007), Oscar Peterson on five albums (with Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis and Harry “Sweets” Edison), Clark Terry’s One On One in 2000 (with fourteen different pianists!) and, most recently, Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith (A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke in 2016)... Avishai Cohen and Yonathan Avishai have known each other since their teens in Tel Aviv. The pianist even featured on the trumpeter’s two ECM albums, Into the Silence and Cross My Palm With Silver. Their innate complicity allows them to improvise freely, playfully, and intensely on Playing the Room, their first work as a duo. As the title suggests, the two Israelis also incorporate the room – in this case the Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI studio in Lugano – into their sound and they make full use of its resonant acoustics. They each sign a theme in turn before embarking on an eclectic repertoire by John Coltrane (Cresent), Duke Ellington (Azalea), Abdullah Ibrahim (Kofifi Blue), Ornette Coleman (Dee Dee), Milt Jackson (Ralph’s New Blues), Alexander Argov (Shir Eres) and Stevie Wonder (Sir Duke). And they transform this heterogeneous programme into utterly moving chamber jazz. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released September 6, 2019 | ECM

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On 20th August 2019, Enrico Rava blew out 80 candles. A few months earlier, in November 2018, the Italian trumpeter fronted a spirited quintet together with American saxophonist Joe Lovano on stage at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica in Rome. With pianist Giovanni Guidi, drummer Gerald Cleaver and bassist Dezron Douglas, the two men revisited their own repertoire (including Rava’s Interiors and Secrets and Lovano’s Forth Worth and Divine Timing). True to form, Enrico Rava’s trumpet carries him to melancholic shores worthy of Chet Baker as well as taking him down more rugged trails reminiscent of Don Cherry. His playing is warm and he remains firmly attached to his jazz roots, joining his American friend to converse with both playfulness and compassion, depending on the piece. Finally, the medley which brings their performance to a close “sums up” well this wonderfully crazy record. Slaloming through the history of modern jazz and building bridges between John Coltrane’s Spiritual and the standard Over The Rainbow, Rava and Lovana prove that their music is more alive than ever. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released August 23, 2019 | ECM

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Jazz - Released August 23, 2019 | ECM

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Jazz - Released August 23, 2019 | ECM

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Jazz - Released August 23, 2019 | ECM

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Jazz - Released August 9, 2019 | ECM

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Released in June 1982, Opening Night is a rare album by Enrico Rava that has resurfaced (only in digital formats!) in 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the label ECM. Recorded in December 1981 with double bassist Furio Di Castri, drummer Aldo Romano and forgotten pianist Franco D’Andrea, this is one of the records on Manfred Eicher’s label that was not produced by Eicher. When Thomas Stöwsand recorded the album at the Tonstudio Bauer studio in Ludwigsburg, the Italian trumpeter was already 43 years old and had six albums to his name. His free years were long gone and he continued on this record with a rather celebratory and melodic neo-hard bop, throughout which his band members’ enjoyment is palpable. Rava’s quartet is taken on an emotional rollercoaster that, without revolutionizing the genre, still showcases a total complicity which is well worth rediscovering. © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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