Enrico Rava Quintet at Birdland
By BEN RATLIFF
Published: February 24, 2012
The Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava has a soft, open, even sound, without vibrato, and he started his early set at Birdland on Thursday with a three-part suite of his own music.
Richard Termine for The New York Times
From left, Gianluca Petrella, Enrico Rava and Gabriele Evangelista of the Enrico Rava Quintet, at Birdland.
If you cued up those songs, from his album “Tribe,” released last year by ECM, you’d be hearing a lot of pathos. On Thursday, happily, the music was harder to define.
It sounded a little nostalgic for the stretches of time that he lived and worked in New York, in the 1960s and ’70s. You heard echoes of the strong, strange melodies and agitated mobility of music by Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Paul Bley and Carla Bley. But you didn’t hear only that.