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date: 18 October 2019

Basso, Gianni locked

  • Adriano Mazzoletti
  • , revised by Stefano Zenni

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(b Asti, Italy, May 24, 1931; d Asti, Italy, August 17, 2009). Italian clarinetist and soprano and tenor saxophonist. He studied clarinet at the conservatory in Asti, then accompanied American musicians in Belgium and Germany (1946–50). Having returned to Italy he played in dance orchestras led by Kramer Gorni, Beppe Mojetta, and Angelo Brigada. In 1955 he was a member of a quartet led by Gil Cuppini, and in the same year, with Oscar Valdambrini, he formed the Sestetto Italiano (with which he played until 1957) and a quintet (frequently from 1962, and steadily from 1972 to 1974, when Basso left the group, it was a sextet); from 1956 to 1958 he also played in a radio orchestra led by Armando Trovajoli. He worked with many visiting American musicians and recorded with Chet Baker (1959), Buddy Collette (1961), Slide Hampton (...

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