Enrico Rava

Enrico Rava (born 20 August 1939), is an Italian jazz trumpeter. He started on trombone, then changed to the trumpet after hearing Miles Davis.

Enrico Rava
Rava in Aarhus 2017
Background information
Born (1939-08-20) 20 August 1939
Trieste, Italy
GenresAvant-garde jazz
Years active1960s–present
LabelsBlack Saint, ECM, Soul Note, Label Bleu, Philology, CAM Jazz, Duck


His first commercial work was as a member of Gato Barbieri's Italian quintet in the mid-1960s; in the late 1960s he was a member of Steve Lacy's group. In 1967 Rava moved to New York City and one month later became a member of the group Gas Mask, which had one album on Tonsil Records in 1970.

In the 1970s and 1980s he worked with John Abercrombie, Andrea Centazzo, Gil Evans, Richard Galliano, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Michel Petrucciani, Cecil Taylor, Miroslav Vitouš. He has also worked with Carla Bley, Lee Konitz, Jeanne Lee, Paul Motian, and Roswell Rudd. Chiefly an exponent of bebop jazz, Rava has also played in avant-garde jazz settings.

With trumpeter Paolo Fresu, Rava recorded four albums on the influence of Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, and Miles Davis. Also of note are his albums Rava, L'Opera Va' and Carmen, which are his interpretations of operatic arias and overtures. In 2001, he founded a quintet with pianist Stefano Bollani and toured with Gato Barbieri and Aldo Romano. In the trio Europeans, he worked with Eberhard Weber and Swiss percussionist Reto Weber.

In June 2005, Rava was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music at the twentieth anniversary of jazz education at the Umbria Jazz Festival, in Perugia, Italy.[1]


As leader

As sideman

With Italian Instabile Orchestra

  • 1991 Live in Noci and Rive-De Gier
  • 1994 Skies of Europe
  • 2002 Previsioni del Tempo: Forecast
  • 2000 Litania Sibilante

With Steve Lacy

With others


  1. "Berklee College of Music Marks 20 Years of Innovating Education at Umbria Jazz Festival". All About Jazz. 14 June 2005. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  2. "Enrico Rava | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  3. "Enrico Rava - Italian Jazz Trumpeter | Official Website | Discography". Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  4. "Enrico Rava | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 June 2017.

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