Pino Presti

Giuseppe Prestipino Giarritta (born 23 August 1943), professionally known by his pseudonym Pino Presti, is an Italian bassist, arranger, composer, conductor and record producer from Milan. He is a 5th-dan black belt in Shotokan Karate.[1]

Pino Presti
Pino Presti
Background information
Birth nameGiuseppe Prestipino Giarritta
Born (1943-08-23) 23 August 1943
OriginMilan, Italy
GenresPop, jazz, funk, Latin music, dance
Occupation(s)Bassist, arranger, composer, conductor, record producer
InstrumentsBass guitar, Fender Rhodes, percussion
Years active1961–present
LabelsAtlantic, Durium, Saar, Polydor, Baby Records, Emergency, Belldisc, Edizioni Curci, Dischi Ricordi
Associated actsMina, Gerry Mulligan, Ástor Piazzolla, Stéphane Grappelli, Wilson Pickett, Maynard Ferguson, Franco Cerri, Severino Gazzelloni, Aldemaro Romero, Tullio De Piscopo, Shirley Bunnie Foy, Enrico Intra, Ellade Bandini

Presti was very young when he first entered the music business. He started as a bass guitar player, than gradually began as an arranger, composer, orchestra conductor, and producer. Among his collaborations in different genres of music like jazz, pop, funk, soul, and Latin music are Mina (the most famous Italian pop singer),[2] Gerry Mulligan, Ástor Piazzolla (with whom he has performed on 24 recordings as a sideman, including the well known composition Libertango), Quincy Jones, Wilson Pickett, Shirley Bassey, Franco Cerri, Maynard Ferguson, Stéphane Grappelli, Severino Gazzelloni, Aldemaro Romero, and Tullio De Piscopo among others. He is considered one of the most important Italian arrangers/conductors.[3][4][5][6] [7][8][9][10]

Early life

Son of an accomplished violinist, Arturo Prestipino Giarritta,[11] Presti began studying piano and music theory at the age of 6. When he was 17, he started his career performing as vocalist and bass guitarist in clubs as well as working in recording studios as an instrumentalist. Although he had a contract with Durium of Milano as a singer, he decided to concentrate only on performing music. He recorded hundreds of songs with major Italian artists such as Mina, Giorgio Gaber, Ornella Vanoni, Gino Paoli, Bruno Lauzi, Fabrizio De André, Sergio Endrigo, Mia Martini, Franco Battiato, Adriano Celentano, Milva, Pino Donaggio, Gigliola Cinquetti, Caterina Caselli, Bobby Solo, Fausto Leali, Michele, Ivan Graziani, Loredana Bertè and many others.

Music career

After backing Mina as a bass guitarist in studio and on tour for many years, Pino Presti arranged and conducted many of her songs. He also backed her as a singer, as in "Flamingo" and other tracks. From 1971 up until her last public appearances at Bussoladomani in 1978, Presti arranged and conducted 86 of Mina's tracks, including the hits "Grande grande grande", "E penso a te", "L'importante è finire", "E poi", "Città vuota", "La pioggia di marzo", "Fiume azzurro", "Domenica sera" and others, and albums such as Mina, Cinquemilaquarantatre, Frutta e verdura, Amanti di valore, Baby Gate, La Mina, Singolare, Mina con bignè, Mina Live '78.

Presti composed four songs for Mina: "Tentiamo ancora", for the album Frutta e verdura (1973), "L'amore è un'altra cosa", for Mina® (1974), "Amante amore", for Mina con bignè (1977), and "Bignè", for Ridi pagliaccio (1988).

On Mina's come-back at the Bussoladomani theatre in Viareggio on 24 June 1978, Nantas Salvataggio wrote an enthusiastic review of the event in the Il Giorno newspaper: « Mina was accompanied by an orchestra as that of a grand Las Vegas show.[12]

The Italian press, as well as others, described the concert as a "triumph" and underlined the contribution of the backing orchestra (14 members and the chorus), directed by Presti.[13][14][15]

Between the 1970s and 1980s, he collaborated on recordings and or concerts with prominent personalities of the international music scene such as Wilson Pickett, Shirley Bassey, Quincy Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Ástor Piazzolla, Maynard Ferguson, Severino Gazzelloni, Franco Cerri, Shirley Bunnie Foy, Stéphane Grappelli, Aldemaro Romero, Tullio De Piscopo, Gianni Bedori, Eartha Kitt, Brian Auger, Lara Saint Paul, Bruno De Filippi, George Aghedo, Enrico Intra, Ellade Bandini, Angel Pocho Gatti, Caterina Valente, Bill Conti, Hugo Heredia, and Maurice Vander.[16][17][18][19] [20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29]

During the flight to Italy Wilson Pickett's bassist had been blocked at London airport and during the troublesome search for a substitute once he arrived in Sanremo, Pickett listened to me while I was playing with Brenton Wood; he blocked everyone and decided that I would be the bass player for him during the performance of the song "Un' Avventura", in competition at the Sanremo Music Festival. After the Festival, Wilson Pickett and the whole band also wanted me for the following European tour. – Pino Presti, during the Rai Tv show "Auditorio A" [30]

He is listed under his real name, Giuseppe Prestipino, on the record Libertango with Ástor Piazzolla and in Summit by Ástor Piazzolla and Gerry Mulligan. He is listed under the name Giuseppe "Pino" Prestipino Giarritta on the records La Onda Máxima and Onda Nueva Instrumental by the Venezuelan pianist, composer, arranger Aldemaro Romero.

In April 1975 during the European tour with Mulligan and Piazzolla,[31] he also played at the Olympia Theatre in Paris and at the World Music Festival in Palma, Majorca. The combo was composed by Gerry Mulligan (saxophone baritone), Ástor Piazzolla (bandoneón), Tom Fay (piano), Pino Presti (electric bass), Tullio De Piscopo (drums), Waldo de los Rios (organ), Sergio Farina (electric guitar). One set was for Gerry Mulligan, the second was dedicated to Ástor Piazzolla and the last one was the reunion of Astor and Gerry and the songs of this last set were those that had been issued on the LP Summit-Reunion Cumbre.

In 1976 he created and produced for Atlantic Records the first dance-funk album in Italy: 1st round with hit songs such as Smile, Funky Bump, L'estate di Laura, Sunny.[32]

In 1977 he signed a contract with RAI2 as arranger, conductor and composer of original music for the noted TV show, Auditorio A, directed by Stefano De Stefani. On that occasion, he was the conductor of a big band composed of 56 musicians with star names like: Gino Paoli, Sergio Endrigo, Milva, Pino Daniele, Maynard Ferguson, Angelo Branduardi, Rino Gaetano, Fausto Leali, Giorgio Baiocco, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso.[33] Other top shows were : C'era due volte, directed by Enzo Trapani (1980) and Il cappello sulle ventitré, directed by Fernanda Turvani (1983). [34] [35]

Besides composing music for TV series since the 1980s,[11] Pino Presti has been creating and producing albums under various pseudonyms for renowned labels such as Polydor, Baby Records, Barclay, Edizioni Curci, Durium, Dischi Ricordi, Joker, as well as independent ones: Emergency Records, Soul Xpression, Level One, Self.

He has been living in France since 2004 and in 2009 created and produced the album, A La Costa Sud with 28 vocalists and / or instrumentalists who are from various continents and nations but who regularly perform in theaters and clubs in the French Riviera.[36]

In 2011, he composed a five hours soundtrack comprising music of different genres for Grand Heritage Hotel Group (and for its related media). These genres range from classic jazz, to nu jazz, bossanova, world music, and ambient music.

In 2013 Presti co-produced the tribute album Shirley Bunnie Foy, consisting of seventeen tracks performed by jazz vocalist Shirley Bunnie Foy in her 60 years career. The album includes such noted artists as The Dell-Tones, Tony Scott, Archie Shepp, Franco Cerri, Lou Bennett, among others.

In 2014 Presti composed, co-produced and released, under the pseudonym Mad of Jazz, the album Deep Colors, with the collaboration of keyboardists, synth programmers and composers Claudio and Andrea Calzolari.

In 2016 he has composed the music for the Advertising campaign 2016 of Scavolini, an Italian kitchen and bathroom products designer and manufacturer.[37]

Martial arts

Presti has trained in Shotokan karate and Goshindo under master Hiroshi Shirai from 1967 to 1985. He has also trained on several occasions under other Japanese masters such as Taiji Kase, Hidetaka Nishiyama, Keinosuke Enoeda, Takeshi Naito, Hideo Ochi. He holds a 5th degree black belt obtained in Rome, in 1987.[1]

TV shows

Discography (selected)



  • "Rimani ancora/Oh! Jenny" – Durium (1964)
  • "In un posto fuori dal mondo/Messaggio d'amore" – Belldisc (1969)
  • "Karin/No sabe" – Dischi Ricordi (1970)
  • "Smile/L'estate di Laura" – Atlantic Records (1975)
  • "Funky Bump/ Buenos Ayres" – Atlantic Records (1976)
  • "Shitân Disco Shitân" – Barclay (1977)
  • "Sundown" – Durium (1978)
  • "You Know The Way part I/You Know The Way part II" – Baby Records (1979)
  • "You Know The Way" – Vinyl 12" 33 ⅓ RPM – Emergency Records (1980)
  • "Money (That What I Want)" – Vinyl 12" 33 ⅓ RPM – Baby Records (1980)
  • "To Miami/Mama's Away" – Cetra Records (1980)
  • "Dancing Nights/And I Love Her" – Polydor Records (1983)
  • "Ya No Puedo Vivir (The Bush Remixes)" – Vinyl 12" 33 ⅓ RPM – Blow Up Disco (1991)
  • "Once Again Now" – Vinyl 12" 33 ⅓ RPM – Soul Xpression (1992)
  • "Divine" – Vinyl 12" 33 ⅓ RPM – Level One (2001)
  • "Feel Like a Woman" – CD Single – Self (2005)
  • "Jazz Carnival" – CD Single – Map (2015)
  • "Funky Bump" (Unreleased Original Extended Version)/"Funky Bump" (Original 7" Version) – Best Record Italy (2015)
  • "Disco Shitân" (Long version) – Best Record Italy (2015)
  • "You Know The Way" (Disco Version by Tee Scott) – Best Record Italy (2016)
  • "To Africa / Soul Makossa" (EP) – Best Record Italy (2017)
  • "Pino Presti Featuring Roxy Robinson: You know Why" (EP) – Best Record Italy (2018)

As performer, arranger, conductor on other artists' albums

  • Mina – Artist: MinaPDU (1971)
  • Cinquemilaquarantatre – Artist: Mina – PDU (1972)
  • Altro – Artist: Mina – PDU (1972)
  • Del mio meglio n. 2 – Artist: Mina – PDU (1973)
  • Frutta e verdura – Artist: Mina- PDU (1973)
  • Amanti di valore – Artist: Mina – PDU (1973)
  • Mina – Artist: Mina – PDU (1974)
  • Baby Gate – Artist: Mina – PDU (1974)
  • Aulehla & Zappa – Artist: Aulehla & Zappa – PDU (1974)
  • Del mio meglio n. 3 – Artist: Mina – PDU (1975)
  • La Mina – Artist: Mina – PDU (1975)
  • Singolare – Artist: Mina – PDU (1976)
  • Del mio meglio n. 4 – Artist: Mina – PDU (1977)
  • Mina con Bignè – Artist: Mina – PDU (1977)
  • Minantologia – Artist: Mina – PDU (1977)
  • You Know Why – Artist: Roxy Robinson – OUT (1977)
  • Di tanto in tanto – Artist: Mina – PDU (1978)
  • Mina Live '78 – Artist: Mina – PDU (1978)
  • In Due – Artist: Wess and Dori GhezziDurium (1979)
  • Filipponio – Artist: FilipponioCetra Records (1980)
  • Del mio meglio n. 6 Live – Artist: Mina – PDU (1981)
  • Il Flauto d'oro – Artist: Severino Gazzelloni – PDU (1983)
  • All'arrembaggio – Artist: Filipponio – Spice7 (1984)
  • Del mio meglio n. 8 – Artist: Mina – PDU (1985)
  • Del mio meglio n. 9 – Artist: Mina – PDU (1987)
  • Oggi ti amo di più – Artist: Mina – PDU (1988)
  • Ridi pagliaccio – Artist: Mina – PDU (1988)
  • Mazzini canta Battisti – Artist: Mina – PDU (1994)
  • Mina Studio Collection – Artist: Mina – PDU (1998)
  • Mina Love Collection – Artist: Mina – PDU (2000)
  • Colección Latina – Artist: Mina – PDU (2001)
  • The Platinum Collection – Artist: Mina – PDU (2004)
  • Platinum Collection 2 – Artist: Mina – PDU (2006)
  • The Best of Platinum Collection – Artist: Mina – EMI Records (2007)
  • Je suis Mina – Artist: Mina – EMI Records (2011)
  • Yo soy Mina – Artist: Mina – EMI Records (2011)
  • I am Mina – Artist: Mina – EMI Records (2011)
  • The Collection 3.0 – Artist: Mina – Warner Music (2015)
  • Tutte le migliori – Artist: Mina – Clan/PDU (2017)
  • Paradiso (Lucio Battisti Songbook) – Artist: Mina – PDU (2018)

As performer

As performer, arranger, conductor on other artists' singles

  • "Grande grande grande" – Artist: Mina – PDU (1971)
  • "Domenica sera" – Artist: Mina – PDU (1973)
  • "E poi" – Artist: Mina – PDU (1973)
  • "Lamento d'amore" – Artist: Mina – PDU (1973)
  • "La scala buia" – Artist: Mina – PDU (1974)
  • "L'importante è finire" – Artist: Mina – PDU (1975)
  • "Nuda" – Artist: Mina – PDU (1976)
  • "Città Vuota (It's a Lonely Town)" – Artist: Mina – PDU (1978)
  • "Dentro" – Artist: Beba LončarCBS Records (1978)
  • "Momento" – Artist: Wess & Dori GhezziDurium (1979)
  • "Pazzo non-amore mio/L'Unica" – Artist: Filipponio – Cetra Records (1979)
  • "Regina del futuro/Noia" – Artist: Marisa Sacchetto – F1 Team (1981)
  • "Quale appuntamento" – Artist: Eleonora GiorgiDischi Ricordi (1981)

As performer

  • "Cara Fatina/Lettera a Pinocchio" – Artist: Tony Renis, arranger-conductor Quincy JonesPhilips Records (1964)
  • "Che vale per me/Eccomi" – Artist: Eartha KittRCA (1968)
  • "La vita/Without A Word" – Artist: Shirley BasseyUnited Artists (1968)
  • "Domani domani/Pronto sono io" – Artist: Shirley Bassey – United Artists (1968)
  • "Yes/To Give" – Artist: Shirley Bassey – United Artists (1968)
  • "E' giorno/If You Go Away" – Artist: Shirley Bassey – United Artists (1968)
  • "Chi si vuole bene come noi/Epirops" – Artist: Shirley Bassey – United Artists (1968)
  • "Com'è piccolo il mondo/Manchi solo tu" – Artist: Shirley Bassey – United Artists (1968)
  • "Concerto d'autunno/You Are My Way Of Life" – Artist: Shirley Bassey – United Artists (1969)
  • "Ora che sei qui/Something" – Artist: Shirley Bassey – United Artists (1970)
  • "Non preoccuparti/Adesso ricomincerei" – Artist: Lara Saint Paul, arranger-conductor Quincy JonesPolydor (1973)
  • "Cara Fatina" (re-edit) -Tony Renis / Quincy Jones – His Master's Voice (1983)

See also


  1. World Union of Karate-do Organizations Passport I.T. 000143 – Presti Pino 5° dan, decorrenza 01 gennaio 1988
  2. Rai Storia: Mina Mazzini, una voce senza rivali
  5. Famous Bass Guitarists
  6. Instrumundo Bajo Eléctrico – Los grandes bajistas que ha dado la historia de este instrumento
  7. Greatest Jazz Bassists | BASS/MASTER's BASS GUITAR
  9. Pino Presti – Music on Google Play
  10. Divina Mina-Dora Giannetti-Google libri
  11. Autori Vari (a cura di Gino Castaldo), Dizionario della canzone italiana, ed. Curcio, 1990; alla voce Presti Pino, di Dario Salvatori, pag. 1391
  12. OZ design. "il sito ufficiale di Mina". Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  13. Maurizio Chierici, Quando Mina voleva dire seduzione, pubblicato sul Corriere della sera del 26 giugno 1978
  14. Natalia Aspesi, Ecco Mina più grassa più bella e più brava, pubblicato su Repubblica del 4 luglio 1978
  15. Roberto Gelmini, Settemila in delirio per Mina, pubblicato su Il Giornale nuovo dell'11 luglio 1978
  16. "discografia 4". Archived from the original on July 8, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  17. "Radio 3 Programmes – Composer of the Week, Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992), Episode 4". BBC. April 9, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  18. "Reunion Cumbre (Summit)". Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  19. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on April 22, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  21. "Gerry Mulligan Recordings (Craig Hanley) – Summit With Ástor Piazzolla". Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  22. Aldo Dalla Vecchia, Mina live! 23 agosto 1978, pubblicato su Sorrisi e Canzoni del 25 agosto 2003
  23. Vittorio Franchini, Stéphane Grappelli, a Milano mostro sacro del Jazz, pubblicato su Corriere della Sera del 27 aprile 1973
  24. "Gerry Mulligan Recordings (Craig Hanley) – GM Meets Enrico Intra". Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  25. "Gerry Mulligan by Craig Hanley – Musicians L to R". Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  26. "Franco Cerri". Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  27. Wi. "Worldpress International24: PINO PRESTI E I SUOI DIECI ANNI CON MINA-LA PRIMA PAGINA- INTERVISTA DI ANTONELLA BERTI". Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  28. "Instrumental" (in Spanish). Venciclopedia. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  29. "Severino Gazzelloni – Il Flauto D'Oro Di Severino Gazzelloni "In Pop" (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  30. "AuditorioA". Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  31. "Gerry Mulligan by Craig Hanley – Dugelay's Newsletter (September 2002)". Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  32. "search Pino Presti". Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  33. "serch ''Auditorio A'' 1977". Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  34. "search ''C'era due volte''1980". Archived from the original on March 6, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  35. "search ''Il Cappello sulle 23''1983". Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  36. "A la Costa Sud". A la Costa Sud. Retrieved July 20, 2011.


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