Enrico Rava was born in Trieste in 1939, and took up trumpet at 18 after hearing Miles Davis. In 1962, he began a collaboration with Gato Barbieri, which brought him into contact with Don Cherry, Mal Waldron and Steve Lacy. First ECM album “The Pilgrim and the Stars” in 1975 (a disc recently reissued in ECM Touchstones series of landmark recordings) has won many national and international awards, including, in 2002, the JazzPar prize, Europe’s biggest award for jazz players. Albums since returning to ECM in 2003: “Easy Living”, “Tati”, “The Words and the Days”, “The Third Man”.
Stefano Bollani was born in Milan in 1972, and studied at Florence’s Cherubini Conservatory. First professional performances as teenager in both classical and pop contexts; work with Enrico Rava from 1996 confirmed a deeper commitment to jazz.
Since then has played with numerous musicians including Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Michel Portal, Gato Barbieri, Richard Galliano etc. ECM recordings with Rava since 2003 including duo disc “The Third Man”, own album “Piano Solo” in 2006. Awards include European Jazz Prize 2007. Has written for ensembles of all sizes, collaborated with Brazilian musicians, and published a novel (La Sindrome di Brontolo, 2006). He leads his own trio – an ECM album is in preparation - and plays solo concerts.
Mark Turner was born in Fairborn, Ohio in 1965 and grew up in California. Since moving to New York he has worked and recorded with musicians such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dave Holland, Paul Motian, Brad Mehldau, John Pattitucci, Dave Douglas, Billy Hart, Lee Konitz and James Moody.
Mark Turner is on dozens of recordings as a sideman as well as five of his own recordings ...
... (“Yam Yam” on Criss Cross, “Mark Turner”, “In This World”, “Ballad Session” and “Dharma Days” on Warner Brothers) and is widely regarded as one of the most original and gifted saxophonists of his generation
Larry Grenadier was born in San Francisco in 1966. He played with Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, and Bobby Hutcherson while still in his teens. He has since played with Betty Carter, Joshua Redman, Danilo Perez, Tom Harrell, Joe Henderson, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Paul Motian, Charles Lloyd and Brad Mehldau and recorded dozens of albums. Currently he is also a member of the collective trio, Fly, along with Mark Turner and Jeff Ballard. Their first recording for Savoy was released in January 2004. Their newest recording will be issued on ECM in 2009. Previous ECM credits include three albums with Charles Lloyd: “The Water Is Wide”, “Hyperion With Higgins” and “Lift Every Voice”.
Paul Motian was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1931. After studying at the Manhattan School of Music in the 1950s he worked briefly with Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins and Lennie Tristano. With Bill Evans he helped to chart new directions for modern jazz, as he would continue to do in the groups of two other pianists– Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett. ECM encouraged him to record as a leader with “Conception Vessel” (1972), the first of many albums featuring Motian’s own music. Since 1984 he has led a trio with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano, whose releases include “I Have The Room Above Her” and “Time And Time Again.” “Garden of Eden” features the Paul Motian Band, whose line-up includes three electric guitars. Other recent ECM dates include sessions with pianists Marilyn Crispell, Bobo Stenson and Anat Fort, as well as “Tati” with Enrico Rava and Stefano Bollani.