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On this excellent duo album, the venerable trumpeter Enrico Rava, one of Italy’s most high profile jazz musicians, teams up with compatriot Stefano Bollani, who first felt the pull of Rava’s music while the pianist was still in his early teens. The two players seem to communicate via telepathy, and even though they’re improvising the resulting tracks have the focus of finely detailed compositions. The opening cut, “Estate,” a song by the Italian singer Bruno Martino, immediately establishes the duo’s approach. Rava wrote most of the tracks, but it’s no surprise that the pair is attracted to the lovely harmonic language of Brazilian music; it’s a perfect fit for their lyrical leanings. The album features two versions of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Retrato Em Branco Y Preto” and a subtle reading of the composer and arranger Moacyr Santos’ “Felipe.” The Third Man is a quiet work, and its nuances can take a while to fully absorb. Or, put another way, chances are every time you put it on, you’ll hear something new.

Customer Reviews

Somehow the word "excellent" doesn't do this record justice.

"The Third Man" is like a soundtrack to a film noir that has yet to be made. Rava and Bollani's spare and delicate arrangements using a trumpet, piano and other minimalist accompaniments is nothing short of brilliant. If you enjoy Miles Davis' "Sketches of Spain" period, you will love this record. Moreso if you listen to it on a rainy evening.


the very fist note put me in a trance,enrico is truly someone to enjoy!


Born: August 20, 1939 in Trieste, Italy

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

This hugely popular trumpet player (born in Trieste, Italy in 1939) almost single-handedly brought Italian jazz to international attention. He began playing Dixieland trombone in Turin, but after hearing Miles Davis, switched instruments and embraced the modern style. Other key meetings were with Gato Barbieri, with whom he recorded movie soundtracks in 1962, and Chet Baker. He began to play with Steve Lacy; he also teamed up with South African expatriates Louis Moholo and John Dyani and recorded...
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The Third Man, Enrico Rava
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 2007

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