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Rava On the Dance Floor (Live at the Rome Auditorium)

Enrico Rava, The Parco della Musica Jazz Lab

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1
Speechless (Live)
Enrico Rava; The Parco della Musica Jazz Lab
6:37
2
They Don't Care About Us (Live)
Enrico Rava; The Parco della Musica Jazz Lab
7:55
3
Thriller (Live)
Enrico Rava; The Parco della Musica Jazz Lab
6:17
4
Privacy (Live)
Enrico Rava; The Parco della Musica Jazz Lab
5:44
5
Smile (Live)
Enrico Rava; The Parco della Musica Jazz Lab
3:30
6
I Just Can't Stop Loving You / Smooth Criminal (Live)
Enrico Rava; The Parco della Musica Jazz Lab
9:13
7
Little Susie (Live)
Enrico Rava; The Parco della Musica Jazz Lab
3:53
8
Blood On The Dance Floor (Live)
Enrico Rava; The Parco della Musica Jazz Lab
5:06
9
History (Live)
Enrico Rava; The Parco della Musica Jazz Lab
8:08
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    56:23
"... audacious, bodacious and perspicacious ... might seem like an anomaly in the ECM catalogue, but it succeeds in getting to the nub of what Jackson's music was about ... ultimately reveals itself as more than just a big band treatment of material associated with or written/co-written by Jackson ... all the key melodic components are here; reinvented, because this large ensemble isn't afraid to open up and travel to uncharted (figuratively and literally) territory ... (retains) unmistakable reverence for Jackson's music, even as they take it to places the King of Pop could never have envisaged."
- All About Jazz

It was only after Michael Jackson’s death that Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava gradually became aware that he had for many years been ignoring, in his words, “one of the great protagonists of 20th century music and dance. A total artist. A perfectionist. A genius. I felt the need to delve more deeply into Michael’s world. There was only one way to do that: play his songs.” Thus this live album came about, recorded in Italy at concerts in May and November 2011 with the Parco della Musica Jazz Lab. Enrico’s trumpet is at its most extroverted here, vaulting above the spirited arrangements by Mauro Ottolini, framing Jackson’s pop songs like never before.

"He was on every jukebox, all over the world. But I was young and very ‘only jazz.’ I never really concentrated on it. I was amazed, it was not only the music, it was his dancing, his movements, his presence onstage. It was like opera: that kind of power. When people think about Michael Jackson, they think about Thriller, Bad ... his last records, there’s nothing like that. It’s very straight-to-the-music."
- Enrico Rava
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

Concert recordings May and November* 2011 at Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome
Recording Engineers: Massimiliano Cervini, Roberto Lioli*
Assistant: Luca Padovano
Mixed May 2012 at Artesuono Studio by Stefano Amerio and Manfred Eicher w/ Mauro Ottolini and Enrico Rava
Cover photo: Edoardo Migone
Liner photos: Riccardo Musacchio / Flavio Ianniello
Design: Bernd Kuchenbeiser
Album produced by Manfred Eicher

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