2. The Third Man
3. Sun Bay
4. Retrato Em Branco Y Preto
5. Birth of a Butterfly
7. Sweet Light
8. Santa Teresa
10. In Search of Titina
11. Retrato Em Branco Y Preto, var.
12. Birth of
a Butterfly, var.
Enrico Rava - Trumpet
Stefano Bollani - Piano
is no sign of a generation gap between trumpeter
Enrico Rava, in his late sixties, and Stefano
Bollani, who was aged 33 when this album was
recorded in November 2006. The two Italians
are well known in the world of free jazz as
well as more conventional music - and both
men and their eclectic styles combine superbly
on this CD.
not a great fan of free jazz, probably because
of its negativity. As the New Grove Encyclopedia
of Jazz remarks: "Free jazz...is probably
best defined by its negative features". Too
often, free improvisation consists of an arbitrary
sequence of notes, full of sound and fury
but signifying very little. However, I can
take the free elements in this duo's performances,
because both men listen to one another and
respond to each other's moves and ideas. Their
evident empathy is one of the winning aspects
of the CD. Much of the music is not "free"
as such but has a refreshing element of freedom
about it, even when the players are improvising
on a melody. Enrico Rava composed half the
tracks on the album, while Stefano Bollani
contributed Santa Teresa. Estate is
a well-known song by Bruno Martino & Bruno
Brighetti, while Felipe is by Moacir
Santos and Retrato Em BrancoY Preto
is by Antonio Carlos Jobim.
album was recorded at the Auditorio Radio
Svizzera in Lugano, and its echoing acoustic
adds to the appeal of the music. In fact you
feel that both musicians are using the echoes
to fill out the music and suggest new voicings.
Enrico Rava is sometimes tempted into shrieking
out very high notes on the trumpet but in
general he maintains a lyrical style which
is very appealing. Stefano Bollani's playing
is superbly responsive: both accompanying
the trumpet, throwing in his own ideas and
playing some truly beautiful solos. Bollani
coaxes a flowing, liquid sound from the piano,
which tends to offset Rava's wilder excesses.
This is a CD I am going to keep.
who is "The Third Man" of the album title?
The press release says that, after it was
recorded, the second track (a piece of free
improvisation) was dedicated to actor Orson
Welles - star of the 1949 film The Third
Man. But the third man might be producer
Manfred Eicher, whose feet can just be seen
at the bottom left-hand side of the front