On The Dance Floor CD (2013)

Artist: Enrico Rava

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 245975975
UPC 602537066544
UPC 14 00602537066544
Format CD
Release Date 1/8/2013
Author Enrico Rava
Associated Artist/Work Altschul, Barry
Associated Artist/Work Dicastri, Furio
Associated Artist/Work Dino Saluzzi Quintet
Associated Artist/Work Konitz, Lee
Associated Artist/Work Pieran
Associated Artist/Work White, Chip
Technical Info
Engineer Roberto Lioli; Massimiliano Cervini
Producer Manfred Eicher
CatalogID 001718002
Lable Name ECM
Released 08/27/2012
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 56m : 19s
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00602537066544
Album Notes and Credits
Tributee: Michael Jackson.
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).
Audio Mixers: Enrico Rava; Mauro Ottolini; Manfred Eicher; Stefano Amerio.
Liner Note Author: Enrico Rava.
Recording information: Auditorium Parco Della Musica, Rome (05/2011-11/2011).
Photographers: Flavio Ianniello; Riccardo Musacchio; Luca Campigotto.
Arranger: Mauro Ottolini.
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
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."
Disc 1
1 Speechless
2 They Don't Care About Us
3 Thriller
4 Privacy
5 Smile
6 I Just Can't Stop Loving You/Smooth Criminal
7 Little Susie
8 Blood on the Dance Floor
9 History
Product Attributes
Artist Rava,Enrico
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
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