35 students and staff from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music travelled to the Monash University Prato Centre in Italy for a three-week study unit in December 2013. The result of this program was a new recording with Enrico Rava released through Jazzhead records and part of the of the Monash University series of CD releases - The Monash Sessions. The CD features performance staff from Monash as well as students who participated in the unit.
Without question, Enrico Rava is Italy’s greatest jazz musician and one of the outstanding figures on the European jazz scene over the last five decades. Whether playing trumpet or flugelhorn, he has an immediately recognisable sound and approach, one in which the use of space is crucial, giving maximum impact to each expressive nuance in what he plays. He is a master, capable of fire and lyricism, abandon and control.
Since the mid ‘70s, Enrico has remained based in Italy, often playing alongside leading artists from other countries; leading his own bands; and always setting a very high standard for his countrymen to emulate. He has performed alongside Gil Evans, Cecil Taylor, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, Ron Blake, Pat Metheny, Martial Solal, Richard Galliano, Dave Douglas, Paolo Fresu…the list could go on. He has released over 50 albums as leader (including the 1975 ECM classic, The Pilgrim And The Stars, and the 1995 set based on Bizet’s opera, Carmen).
The Band for this evening: Paul Grabowsky (piano), Rob Burke and Mirko Guerrini (saxophones), Stephen Magnusson (guitar) and Jordan Murray (trombone). Joining them and Enrico onstage, in various combinations, will be Josh Kelly (alto), Paul Cornelius (tenor), Stephen Byth (tenor), pianists Dan Mougerman and Joel Trigg, bassists Josh Manumasa and Hiroki Hoshino and drummers Rob Mercer, Cameron Sexton and Zeke Ruckman.
Thanks to Wangaratta Jazz Festival for their support on this project