Reviews that mention Enrico Rava

February 6, 2018

Steve Lacy

Free for a Minute (1965-72)
Emanem 5210

Spontaneous Music Ensemble (1968)

Karyobin are the imaginary birds said to live in paradise

Emanem 5046

Hans Reichel (1973)

Wichlinghauser Blues

Corbett vs. Dempsey CvsD CD 033

Roscoe Mitchell (1977)

Duets with Anthony Braxton

Delmark/Sackville SK 3016

Something In The Air: Historical Free Music Documents Reappear on CD

By Ken Waxman

Arguably the most important and least understood sound of the 20th Century, Free Music which combined jazz’s freedom with noted music’s rigour, while aiming for in-the-moment creation has now been around for almost six decades. With its advances now accepted as part of the ongoing sonic landscape, long out-of-print are being reissued and reappraised for their excellence. MORE

August 16, 2012

Steve Lacy

The Sun (1967-73)
Emanem 5022

Steve Lacy Quintet


Clean Feed CF 247 CD

Comfortable in his status as an expatriate musician, by the late 1960s soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy (1934-2004) was ensconced in Europe experimenting with different configurations. When he finally settled on his unique version of the quintet format, he maintained it on-and-off for the next quarter century. These valuable reissues of tracks from 1967, 1968, 1972 and 1973 not only itemize his early combo experiments, but also demonstrate the subtle shifts in Lacy’s playing at that time that would characterize his work from then on. MORE

January 5, 2004


Rotella Variations
Splasc (h) WS CDH 2504.2

Directly related to that mixture of seriousness and playfulness that characterizes such art movements as Pop and Happenings, this singular CD is an almost wholly-successful attempt to recreate in improvised music the visual art of Mimmo Rotella, born in Catanzaro, Italy in 1918, and based in Rome since the mid-1950s.

Like such jazz musicians as Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman, Rotella developed his unique “torn poster” decollages, rubbed frottages, ravished effaçages and phonetic poems without knowledge of or reference to similar abstract expressionism or color harmony experiments taking place elsewhere. Now accepted as a major Nouveaux Réalistes painter, he’s still interested enough in experimentation to participate vocally with some of the country’s major improvisers in using his Dadesque sound poems and collage style to create the 19 tracks on this disc. MORE

April 21, 2003


Felmay/NewTone Records RDC 5047 2

DURIAN 019-2

Known in his native Italy and most of Europe as a composer who has written symphonies and lyric operas as well as scores for feature films, theatre productions, and multi-media efforts, Andrea Centazzo also has a history playing with international improvisers.

For about 15 years from the mid-1970s, as a percussionist, Centazzo recorded in different settings with such experimenters as saxophonists Steve Lacy and Evan Parker, guitarists Eugene Chadbourne and Derek Bailey and cellist Tom Cora. A series of discs was released on his own Ictus imprint, including most of the tracks found here with this large band. Organized as sort of a last hurrah by the composer to bring together acknowledged master improvisers and emerging talents, The Mitteleuropa Orchestra lasted from 1980 to 1990, after which writing became Centazzo’s primary focus. MORE

December 16, 2002


European Echoes
Atavistic Unheard Music UMS/ALP 232CD

The Living Music
Atavistic Unheard Music UMS/ALP 231CD

Multi-reedman Peter Brötzmann always insists that when pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach and trumpeter Manfred Schoof first heard his pioneering free jazz band in the mid-1960s “they just laughed their asses off. At that time they played the Horace Silver-style thing”. But, by the end of the decade as Brötzmann widened his circle to include other experimenters like Dutch drummer Han Bennink and worked with American jazzers like trumpeter Don Cherry and soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, his fellow Germans began to come around as well. MORE

October 31, 2000


Litania Siblante
Enja ENJ-9405-2

Imagine, if you will, an exceptional big band made up of nearly every top jazz poll winner in the United States which tours the country playing mostly original compositions. Got the picture? Unbelievable? Well you've just conjured up the position of the Italian Instabile Orchestra in the contemporary European music scene.

Initially created as a one-time jazz festival supersession by trumpeter Pino Minafra in 1990, the musicians played together so well that the Instabile was reconstituted on a permanent basis. It now works as frequently as the country pre-eminent improvisers can take the time from their other commitments.