Paolo Fresu

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Paolo Fresu at a concert with Ralph Towner, Treibhaus Innsbruck 2010
Paolo Fresu at a concert with Ralph Towner , Treibhaus Innsbruck 2010
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Mare nostrum III (with Richard Galliano & Jan Lundgren )
  CH 30th 02/10/2019 (2 weeks)
Summerwind (with Lars Danielsson )
  CH 82 March 22, 2020 (1 week)

Paolo Fresu (born February 10, 1961 in Berchidda , Sardinia ) is an Italian jazz trumpeter , flugelhorn player and composer .


Paolo Fresu began his career in a local band in his hometown, where the jazz bassist Bruno Tommaso became aware of him and brought him into his band in 1982. He studied until 1984 at the Conservatory of Sassari and then attended the University of Music and Fine Arts in Bologna as a student of the trumpeter Enrico Rava . In 1985 Fresu released his first album Ostinato . In 1986 he accompanied Bruno Tommaso on a US tour. The subsequent collaboration with Furio Di Castri (bass) and Aldo Romano (drums) was extremely successful.

Paolo Fresu performed with his Angel Quartet with Nguyên Lê , Antonello Salis , Furio Di Castri and Roberto Gatto , as well as with the Paolo Fresu Quintet and Sextet , with Tino Tracanna (sax), Roberto Cipelli (p), Attilio Zanchi (b), Ettore Fioravanti (dr); in a duo with Furio di Castri, in a trio with Di Castri and James Taylor ( The Open Trio ), the band Palatino (with Glenn Ferris , Michel Benita and Aldo Romano), the PAF formation (with Furio di Castri and Antonello Salis) and with Jon Balke and Pierre Favre ( Fresu-Di Castri-Balke-Favre ) and the band Paolo Fresu Euro4th .

His style is often compared to that of Miles Davis of the 1950s. In his later works, such as Ensalada Mistica recorded with Gianluigi Trovesi in 1994 or the album Melos recorded by RCA Victor in 2000 , he emancipated himself from his early style.

Since 1989 he has been director of the Nuoro Jazz Seminar in Nuoro, Sardinia . In 2007 he recorded the album Mare Nostrum with Richard Galliano and Jan Lundgren for the ACT label , which was awarded gold in 2011 for 10,000 units sold in Germany and played at the JazzBaltica Festival.

In the course of his career Fresu has worked on recordings by Gianluigi Trovesi ( Roccellanea , 1983), Paolo Damiani ( Poor Memory , 1987), Paolo Carrus ( Sardegna Oltre Il Mare , 1992; Odras , 1997), Furio Di Castri ( Urio , 1993; Fellini , 1999), Michel Portal ( Cinémas , 1995), Giorgio Gaslini ( Jelly's Back in Town , 1996), Guido Manusardi ( The Village Fair , 1996) and Pier Paolo Pozzi (2000) with. With Enrico Rava he played tributes to the trumpet idols Miles Davis and Chet Baker ( Shades of Chet , 2001; Play Miles Davis , 2002). He recorded The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu with Carla Bley in 2007.

Discography (selection)

Paolo Fresu (center) with Carla Bley and Andy Sheppard
  • Inner Voices feat. David Liebman (Splasc (h) Records, 1986)
  • Ossi Di Seppia feat. G. Trovesi (Splasc (h) Records, 1991)
  • Ballads (Splasc (h) Records, 1992)
  • Night on the City (OWL-EMI, 1995)
  • Paolo Fresu 6th + Orchestra - Utopia - 6 X 30 (Onyx, 1996)
  • Paolo Fresu 5th / Erwin Vann - Wanderlust (RCA / Victor BMG, 1997)
  • Chiaroscuro with Ralph Towner ( ECM Records 2009)
  • The Blue Note Years with his quintet and Uri Caine , 2 CD ( EMI / Blue Note , 2005–2009)
  • Mistico Mediterraneo with A Filetta and Daniele di Bonaventura (2011)
  • Alma with Omar Sosa , Jaques Morelenbaum (Tuk Music, 2012)
  • Desertico , Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet; Bonsai ( Harmonia Mundi , 2013)
  • Eros with Omar Sosa (2016)
  • Summerwind with Lars Danielsson (ACT, 2018)
  • Paolo Fresu, Richard Galliano, Jan Lundgren: Mare Nostrum III (ACT, 2019)



  1. ^ Paolo Fresu in the Swiss hit parade
  2. cf. Cook and Morton, Penguin Guide.
  3. Seminari Nuoro Jazz ( Memento from January 24, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) (Italian)
  4. Gold / platinum database of the Federal Association of the Music Industry

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