Enrico Rava Quintet

Norwich Playhouse

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The fluidity and imagination of Italian trumpeter Rava and his Italian quintet are all in perfect working order.

From their opening tune, Hitchcock on the Beach, clearly one of their strengths is the use of light and shade.

Rava's outfit's shifting pace and use of dynamics ebbs and flows in a stream of deft solos and exquisite ensemble playing.

All the best bands have a beating heart. Here, the peerless bass playing of Rosario Bonaccorso (with vocal accompaniment in the solos) and drumming of Roberto Gatto (once using his hands in the solo and augmenting the stage monitor as additional percussion) provide just that.

All the while, Rava sketches arid lines, tempered by the fluid warmth of Gianuluca Petrella's restlessly inquiring trombone.

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Underneath, pianist Andrea Pozza's skitters contrasting clusters of notes across the keys with warm, open chords.

Passionate music that burns with a quiet intensity.

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