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Aficionados of European films will especially enjoy these treatments of movie themes, featuring a quartet jointly led by bassist Giovanni Tommaso and trumpeter/flügelhornist Enrico Rava, with pianist Stefano Bollani and drummer Roberto Gatto. Throughout the recording, there is a consistent sense of interplay where no one seems relegated to a role in the musical background. The highlight of these studio sessions is the extended, dramatic treatment of "La Dolce Vita," which unfolds into a multi-faceted arrangement that makes it seem like it would have made a fine film score itself. Rava's muted horn is the centerpiece of "Mondo Cane" (which incorporates the well-known song "More"). "Cronoca Familiare" mixes a solid hard bop foundation with adventurous solo flights by Bollani and Rava. There are also several originals written by the band's members. The bassist contributed the tense "Cinema Moderno," a piece full of delightful twists in a post-bop setting, as well as the lush ballad "La Prima Volta." Rava contributed the playful "Il Sogno di Hitchcock" and the moody "Ammazzare il Tempo," written for a 1979 film. The musicians keep their written comments to a minimum within the booklet, evidently preferring that listeners provide their own mental images to go with the quartet's intriguing music.
Performance CreditsTommaso-Rava Quartet Primary Artist
Enrico Rava Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Giovanni Tommaso Contrabass (Vocal)
Roberto Gatto Drums
Stefano Bollani Piano
Technical CreditsNino Rota Composer
Enrico Rava Composer
Giovanni Tommaso Composer,Producer
Luis Bacalov Composer
Ennio Morricone Composer
Riz Ortolani Composer
Nino Oliviero Composer
Armando Trovaioli Composer
Goffredo Petrassi Composer
Goffredo Gibellini Engineer
Ermanno Basso Producer