The Song is You

The Song is You

The Song is You

The Song is You

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A seemingly unlikely duo at first glance, trumpeter Enrico Rava and pianist Fred Hersch prove to be an intuitive pairing on their first collaboration, 2022's The Song Is You. An icon of avant-garde European jazz, Rava has long straddled the line between lyricism and atonalism, bringing together the outre work of artists like Ornette Coleman with the introspection of Chet Baker. Conversely, Hersch is the epitome of straight-ahead jazz sophistication and has earned accolades for his artful standard albums. That said, both artists have their maverick inclinations with Rava tackling the work of Michael Jackson (as he did on 2011's On the Dance Floor) and Hersch interpreting the poetry of Walt Whitman (as he did 2005's Leaves of Grass). With The Song Is You they take a refreshingly uncomplicated approach, playing a mix of standards and originals in a laidback and off-the-cuff manner that still feels deeply thoughtful. While most of the standards here are well-worn, among them George Bassman's "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," Thelonious Monk's "Mysterio," and Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Retrato em Branco e Preto," they are anything but predictable. Rava and Hersch delve deep inside their combined sound, playing off each other's lines with a playful inventiveness. It's a call to adventure they maximize on "Improvisation," a wholly improvised song that has the languid, dusky impressionism of a modern classical ballet performance. Equally compelling are their renditions of their own compositions, including Hersch's delicately rendered "Child's Song" and Rava's "The Trial," the latter of which sounds something like a Gerry Mulligan chamber jazz take on a tango. ~ Matt Collar

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2022
Label: Ecm
UPC: 0602445343959
Rank: 140322


  1. Retrato em Branco e Preto
  2. Improvisation
  3. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
  4. The Song Is You
  5. Child's Song
  6. The Trial
  7. Mysterioso
  8. Round Midnight

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Enrico Rava   Primary Artist,Flugelhorn
Fred Hersch   Primary Artist,Piano

Technical Credits

Stefano Amerio   Recording,Mastering Engineer,Mixing,Engineer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Fred Hersch   Composer
Chico Buarque   Composer
George Bassman   Composer
Enrico Rava   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Manfred Eicher   Producer
Cootie Williams   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II   Composer
Luciano Rossetti   Photography
Sascha Kleis   Design
Charles "Cootie" Williams   Composer
Caterina di Perri   Photography
Fidel Sclavo   Cover Art
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