Giorgio Gaslini

Giorgio Gaslini (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒordʒo ɡaˈzliːni]; 22 October 1929 – 29 July 2014) was an Italian jazz pianist, composer and conductor.[1][2]

Giorgio Gaslini
Giorgio Gaslini in 1957
Background information
Born(1929-10-22)22 October 1929
Milan, Italy
Died29 July 2014(2014-07-29) (aged 84)
Borgo Val di Taro, Parma, Italy
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, conductor

He began performing aged 13 and recorded with his jazz trio at 16. In the 1950s and 1960s, Gaslini performed with his own quartet. He was the first Italian musician mentioned as a "new talent" in the Down Beat poll and the first Italian officially invited to a jazz festival in the USA (New Orleans 1976-77). He collaborated with leading American soloists, such as Anthony Braxton, Steve Lacy, Don Cherry, Roswell Rudd, Max Roach, but also with the Argentinian Gato Barbieri and Frenchman Jean-Luc Ponty. He also adapted the compositions of Albert Ayler and Sun Ra for solo piano, which the Soul Note label issued. He also composed the soundtrack of Michelangelo Antonioni's La notte (The Night, 1961).

From 1991 to 1995, Gaslini composed works for Carlo Actis Dato's Italian Instabile Orchestra, and was the first holder of jazz courses at the Santa Cecilia Academy of Music in Rome (1972–73). As to contemporary music, he composed symphonic works, operas and ballets represented at the Scala Theatre in Milan and other Italian theatres, in addition to film scores, including Bali (1970), Your Hands on My Body (1970), Cross Current (1971), The Hassled Hooker (1972), The Night of the Devils (1972), So Sweet, So Dead (1972), When Women Were Called Virgins (1972), Five Women for the Killer (1974) and Kleinhoff Hotel (1977). In 1975 he was contacted by Dario Argento to score Deep Red, having previously scored Argento's The Five Days in 1973. Unfortunately Argento was disappointed by the music, and only three of Gaslini's original themes were retained.

Gaslini died at 84 in Borgo Val di Taro, in the province of Parma, where he had been living for years together with his longtime wife and 14 dogs and cats.[3]


As leader

Year recorded Title Label Notes
1966 Nuovi Sentimenti With Don Cherry and Enrico Rava (trumpet), Steve Lacy (soprano sax), Gianni Bedori (alto sax, flute), Gato Barbieri (tenor sax), Kent Carter and Jean-François Jenny-Clark (bass), Aldo Romano and Franco Tonani (drums)
1967? New Sound Jazz #2 Cinevox
1968? Il fiume Furore I dischi del sole
1968 Grido Durium In concert
1969? Un quarto di vita Durium with I Nuovi Angeli and Edmonda Aldini
1969? Africa! Bluebell
1969? Newport in Milan Produttori Associati with big band
Una cosa nuova Produttori Associati
1973? Favola pop Produttori Associati
1973? Fabbrica occupata Produttori Associati with Jean-Luc Ponty, Steve Lacy
1974? Jazz a confronto: Mario Schiano with Giorgio Gaslini Horo
1974? Message BASF
1975? Colloquio con Malcom X PDU
1975? Canti di popolo in jazz PDU
1976? Jean-Luc Ponty meets Giorgio Gaslini Produttori Associati
1976? Murales live Dischi della Quercia
1976 New Orleans Suite Quartet, with Gianni Bedori (tenor sax, soprano sax), Julius Farmer (electric bass), John Vidacovich (drums)
1977 Graffiti Sextet, with Gianni Bedori (tenor sax, soprano sax), Gianluigi Trovesi (alto sax, soprano sax, bass clarinet), Paolo Damiani (bass), Gianni Cazzola (drums), Luis Agudo (percussion); in concert
1981 Gaslini Plays Monk Soul Note Solo piano
1984 Schumann Reflections Soul Note Trio, with Piero Leveratto (bass), Paolo Pellegatti (drums)
1987 Multipli Soul Note With Roberto Ottaviano (alto sax, soprano sax, sopranino sax, bass clarinet), Claudio Fasoli (tenor sax, soprano sax), Bruno Tommaso (bass), Giampiero Prina (drums)
1990 Ayler's Wings Soul Note Solo piano
1990–1991 Masks Soul Note/Musica Jazz With orchestra
1994 Lampi Soul Note With Daniele Di Gregorio (vibes, marimba, percussion), Roberto Bonati (bass), Giampiero Prina (drums)
1996 Jelly's Back In Town Dischi Della Quercia With orchestra
1996 Mister O Soul Note With orchestra
1999 Ballets Soul Note With strings
2000 Sacred Concert. Jazz Te Deum Soul Note With orchestra
2000-2001 Enigma Soul Note With Proxima Centauri Orchestra
2002? Il Brutto Anatroccolo Il Manifesto with Orchestra Jazz della Sardegna
2002 Urban Griot Soul Note With Proxima Centauri Orchestra
2003 Plays Sun Ra Soul Note Solo piano
2004? Elle Velut Luna
2006? Musica Totale Azzurra
2007 La Musica di Repubblica – l'Espresso Trio, with Roberto Bonati (bass), Roberto Dani (drums, percussion); in concert
2010? Giorgio Gaslini: Sinfonico 3 Velut Luna
2010? Ellaura Velut Luna
2011 Piano Solo: Incanti Cam Jazz Solo piano; in concert
2014? Gaslini sinfonico 4 Velut Luna


  • L'Integrale, Anthologia Cronologica No. 1, No. 2 (Soul Note, 1948–1964)
  • L'Integrale, Anthologia Cronologica No. 3, No. 4 (Soul Note, 1964–1968)
  • L'Integrale, Anthologia Cronologica No. 5, No. 6 (Soul Note, 1968–1969)
  • L'Integrale, Anthologia Cronologica No. 7, No. 8 (Soul Note, 1973–1974)

Main sources:[4][5]

Selected filmography

  • La notte (1961)
  • Le sorelle (1969)
  • Le tue mani sul mio corpo (1970)
  • La pacifista (1970)
  • Incontro d'amore a Bali (1970)
  • Un omicidio perfetto a termine di legge (1971)
  • Quando le donne si chiamavano madonne (1972)
  • Il vero e il falso (film)|Il vero e il falso (1972)
  • La notte dei diavoli (1972)
  • Rivelazioni di un maniaco sessuale al capo della squadra mobile (1972)
  • Le cinque giornate (1973)
  • Profondo rosso (1975) (with Goblin)


  1. Santi, Piero; Mazzoletti, Adriano; Zenni, Stefano (2002). "Gaslini, Giorgio". In Barry Kernfeld (ed.). The new Grove dictionary of jazz, vol. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 21. ISBN 1-561-59284-6.
  2. "È morto Giorgio Gaslini, pianista e compositore: una vita per la musica" (in Italian). la Repubblica. July 29, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  3. "È morto il musicista Giorgio Gaslini" [Musician Giorgio Gaslini has died]. la Repubblica (in Italian). July 29, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  4. Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (1996). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (3rd ed.). Penguin. pp. 487–488. ISBN 978-0-14-051368-4.
  5. Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. pp. 533–535. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
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