Opening Night (Remastered) Enrico Rava Quartet

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  • 1I'm Getting Sentimental Over You09:17
  • 2Opening Night10:38
  • 3Diva04:09
  • 4Grrr06:35
  • 5F. Express07:41
  • 6Venise02:02
  • 7Thank You, Come Again06:49
  • Total Runtime47:11

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“I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” welcomes us with open arms as Rava skips, keens, wails, and laughs his way along this journey filled with nostalgia and multilingual communication. D’Andrea is downright ecstatic as he stumbles into a teaser of an ending. The title track is the album’s showpiece, unraveling from its languorous intro into an urgent stretch of virtuosity. Rava brings unwavering life to his playing, always playful, always present. “Diva,” on the other hand, is far mellower and arches its back across dusky skies.

Side B kicks off with a “Grrr.” Aside from being perhaps the greatest title in the Rava catalogue, it also ignites D’Andrea as he runs through prickly fields with supremely targeted chording. “F. Express” brings some pop to the album’s snap and crackle, further accentuated by unstoppable antics at the piano, while “Venise” again turns down the lights to a comforting level of solitude. “Thank You, Come Again” brings some rat-a-tat-tat platitudes to bear upon one of Rava’s catchiest tunes. Replete with cascading pianism and downright transportive trumpeting, this is as good as it gets.

This diptych shows off Rava at his liveliest and hones noticeable edges in the freer passages. For this listener, however, D’Andrea nails the spotlight every time he puts his fingers to those black-and-whites, leaving us with two exciting dates that are beyond ripe for reissue, and which are a vibrant testament to a producer, promoter, and friend whose indelible fingerprints continue to glow in even the darkest ignorance.

Enrico Rava, trumpet, flugelhorn
Furio Di Castri, bass
Aldo Romano, drums, guitar
Franco D'Andrea, piano

Recorded December 1981 at Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg
Produced by Thomas Stöwsand

Digitally remastered

Please note: the possible frequency spectrum was reached at 48kHz, 24bit. Remastered from the original analog master tapes. ECM and the mastering studio offers this in 96kHz.

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