Full Of Life

CAM5007 2005-06-28

Track List

Recuerdos - 06:34
The Surrey With The Fringe On Top - 05:06
Mystere - 05:57
Miss MG - 05:14
Moonlight In Vermont - 06:28
Boston April 15th - 05:16
Happiness Is To Win A Big Prize In Cash - 05:46
Nature Boy - 08:28
Full Of Life - 03:46
Visions - 04:36
Miss MG (Alternative Take) - 05:03


Enrico Rava - trumpet, fluegehorn
Javier Girotto - baritone, soprano sax
Ares Tavolazzi - double bass
Fabrizio Sferra - drums

Full of Life unites Rava with saxophonist Javier Girotto, bassist Ares Tavolazzi and drummer Fabrizio Sferra to create a brilliant recording of unusual instrumentation which is full of life, poetry, swing, energy and sensuality.

The recording features five new compositions created by Rava: “Recuerdos;” “Mystère;” “Happiness is to Win a Big Prize in Cash;” “Full of Life;” and “Visions.” Javier Girotto, who also appears on the album, contributes three compositions, “Miss MG;” “Boston April 15th;” and “Miss MG (alternative take).” The CD is balanced nicely with the addition of three standards.

Born in Trieste, Rava is undoubtedly the most internationally acknowledged Italian jazzman. In forty years of his career as a trumpet player and composer, he has produced more than ninety recordings, twenty-five of which he served on as a leader. A great admirer of Miles Davis and Chet Baker, Rava displays much of their intensity and cool. Rava has played with Gato Barbieri, Giorgio Gaslini, Don Cherry, Mal Waldron and Steve Lacy among other greats.

After moving to the United States, he collaborated with Roswell Rudd, Bill Dixon and with the “Jazz Composers Orchestra Association” of Carla Bley and Mike Mantler. Rava has participated in international music festivals and has performed with his own groups in the US, South America and Italy. A composer for soundtracks, he also writes arrangements and compositions for big band form. Musica Jazz magazine has selected Rava as Musician of the Year many times.


"...traces of a life that are enriched by the precise and precious tonality of Girotto’s reeds, by Arez Tavolazzi’s perfect chords ...and by the harmonizing chant of Fabrizio Sferra’s drums. An apparently simple (as life?) work by Rava... and literally enchanting."
Jazz Magazine (France)