Undoubtedly the most well-known Italian jazz musician on a global level. Since his rapid rise to fame on the international scene in the mid sixties, he has been constantly involved in numerous original projects, and is considered one of the most important trumpet soloists on the European scene. His individuality on a musical and personal level make him hard to define, a musician who moves outside of traditional limits of genre and style, who refuses to adhere to convention. His style is immediately recognizable, his lyrical sound constantly sustained by an astonishing freshness of ideas which are revealed in all of his musical endeavours.
Rava's vast discography includes some real gems of artistic (and perhaps historical) significance, including Quartet (ECM 1978) “Rava l’opera Va” (Label Bleu 1993), “Easy Living” (ECM 2004), "Tati" (ECM 2005) and “The Words and the Days” (ECM 2007) and the latest “ New York Days” (ECM 2009). In addition to his work as leader, Rava has been an important collaborator of many of the most important Italian, European and American musicians, including Franco D'Andrea, Stefano Bollani, Massimo Urbani, Philip Catherine, Lee Konitz, Aldo Romano, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, Palle Danielsson, Jon Christensen, Nana Vasconcelos, Miroslav Vitous, Daniel Humair, Michel Petrucciani, Charlie Mariano, Joe Lovano (with whom he co-led a quartet in the early 90's) Albert Mangelsdorff, Dino Saluzzi, Richard Gallliano, Martial Solal, Archie Shepp, John Taylor, Paul Motian, Mark Turner etc... He has toured in the USA, Japan, Canada, Europe, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay,
with appearances at important festivals (Montreal, Toronto, Houston, Los Angeles, Perugia, Antibes, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, etc.) He has repeatedly been named “Best Musician” in the yearly referendum conducted by “Musica Jazz” (Italy's premier jazz periodical), as well as winning “Best Group” and “Best Record”.
Named “Knight of Arts and Letters” by the French Ministry of Culture, in 2002 Rava was also recipient of the prestigious “Jazzpar Prize” in Copenhagen. In the last three years, Rava appeared as 4th place in the Trumpet category in the referendums conducted by the American magazine “Down Beat,” following Dave Douglas, Wynton Marsalis and Roy Hargrove
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