Just because the veteran trumpeter sounds dreamy doesn't mean he's not daring. Rava is skilled at conflating those seemingly separate approaches and creates some poetic schisms. A pointed flash of notes might careen from a hazy ballad; a post-bop blazer might pull over for a valuable day dream. His ensemble, especially trombonist Gianluca Petrella, works with him to foreground all sorts of vivid sketches.
May 5-8, 8:30 & 11 p.m., 2010