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The Song Is You

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Their collaboration has been hailed as a summit meeting of two jazz masters - Enrico Rava, trumpeter from Trieste, and Fred Hersch, pianist from Cincinatti, share a deep affection for the tradition and a profound sense for melodic invention.

In this recording, with flugelhorn and piano glowing in the superb acoustic of the Lugano studio, Rava and Hersch explore some much-loved standards: Jerome Kern's "The Song Is You", Thelonious Monk's "Mysterioso" and "'Round Midnight", Jobim's "Retrato em Branco e Preto", and George Bassman's "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You". They also play their own tunes, Fred's "Child's Song" and Enrico's "The Trial", and improvise freely together.

Enrico Rava has been an ECM artist for almost fifty years. The Song Is You is Fred Hersch's first for the label. The album was recorded at Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI in November 2021, and produced by Manfred Eicher.

Enrico Rava: flugelhorn
Fred Hersch: piano


"A quietly sensational album." - **** All About Jazz

"It's a beautifully balanced, palpably empathetic partnership." - **** The Scotsman

"Because there is a lot of vivid poetry to this album certainly The Song Is You counts as one of the best of '22 so far...What joy. What enlightenment." - **** Marlbank

"Gorgeous is the obvious adjective for the whole session...It's a musical meeting of minds that deserved to be captured on record, nowhere more so than on Hersch's own Child's Song...a tune that sounds beautiful played unadorned, but with judicious elaboration becomes truly exquisite." - LondonJazz News


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