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Format: CD
Sku: 245975975
UPC: 602537066544
UPC 14: 00602537066544
Release Date: 1/8/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Speechless ~ Enrico Rava
2. They Don't Care About Us ~ Enrico Rava
3. Thriller ~ Enrico Rava
4. Privacy ~ Enrico Rava
5. Smile ~ Enrico Rava
6. I Just Can't Stop Loving You/Smooth Criminal ~ Enrico Rava
7. Little Susie ~ Enrico Rava
8. Blood on the Dance Floor ~ Enrico Rava
9. History ~ Enrico Rava

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Tributee: Michael Jackson.
Muze PNote Personnel: Enrico Rava (trumpet); Marcello Giannini (electric guitar); Daniele Tittarelli (flute, alto saxophone); Dan Kinzelman (clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone); Claudio Corvini, Andrea Tofanelli (trumpet, flugelhorn); Mauro Ottolini (trombone, tuba); Giovanni Guidi (piano, toy piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Franz Bazzani (keyboards); Zeno De Rossi (drums); Ernesto Lopez Maturell (percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Enrico Rava; Mauro Ottolini; Manfred Eicher; Stefano Amerio.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Enrico Rava.
Muze PNote Recording information: Auditorium Parco Della Musica, Rome (05/2011-11/2011).
Muze PNote Photographers: Flavio Ianniello; Riccardo Musacchio; Luca Campigotto.
Muze PNote Arranger: Mauro Ottolini.
Muze PNote Enrico Rava isn't the first jazz musician to cover the music of Michael Jackson. Nor, at 70, is he the most likely. (Younger men like Nicholas Payton, Christian Scott, and Robert Glasper would seemingly be more obvious candidates.) That said, with On the Dance Floor, the Italian trumpet legend takes on an entire album of tunes associated with Jackson. According to Rava, he wasn't even really aware of Jackson's music until a few days after his death; his wife was watching a concert video, he haphazardly took a look and listen and was riveted to the point of obsession. On the Dance Floor is not the usual tribute then, because it's not wrapped in grief. Instead, it's the mark of one master musician celebrating another -- Rava rightfully considers Jackson to be among the most important musicians of the 20th century. Recorded live in Rome with the large ensemble, Parco della Musica Jazz Lab, under the direction of trombonist Mauro Ottolini, Rava takes on some of Jackson's biggest hits and some of his less familiar numbers. The set opens with a ponderous, laid-back reading of "Speechless," on which Rava uses his trademark spacing and lyricism to find room for improvisation that reflects the Italian jazz tradition, theatrical and cinematic music, and the source material. While the orchestra isn't up to playing at the communicative level of the trumpeter's smaller groups, they don't need to be. They understand how to bring the funk and make it bubble and boil on the medley of "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"/"Smooth Criminal," "Thriller," and "Blood on the Dance Floor." That said, they also color ballads with enough emotion and sensitivity to allow Rava's own sense of exploratory admiration to come through as on the hinge piece, a beautiful cover of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" that reflects much of the tenderness Jackson imbued it with. The reading of "Little Susie" wonderfully balances drama and melody. On the Dance Floor doesn't come off as one of Rava's more disciplined recordings -- it may indeed be his loosest -- but that's by design. It's a laid-back, accessible tribute recording that celebrates Jackson's music as an achievement, and offers jazz fans of all stripes a way into it. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: Manfred Eicher

Engineer: Roberto Lioli; Massimiliano Cervini

Associated Artists and Works

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White, Chip

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/27/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 001718002
Music Label Name Label : ECM
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Live
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602537066544

Professional Reviews

Billboard (p.28)
- "The arrangements of Mauro Ottolini emphasize the explosiveness within the melodies, drawing equal power from collective improvisation and detailed brass-heavy thematic work."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Rava,Enrico
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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