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Throughout this opening month of July 2016, Oceanlight Records is excited and honored in welcoming, "DEAN MARTIN" Prize winner, Jazz & Latin Trumpeter, Trombonist, Singer, Composer & Arranger...GABRIEL OSCAR ROSATI!
Sit back, linger in your comfortable chairs, and enjoy the unbelievable musical journey that OL is about to take with Gabriel; traveling all around the world, on the road of his amazing career...
With such a stellar, dynamic and still expanding Discography, including his, "BRAZILATAFRO PROJECT," ""LIVE AT THE PHILHARMONIC HALL," "PACIFIC TIME," "SATIRO," & many others, Gabriel Rosati is a Musician and Performer well beyond the sound & range of what a trumpet, itself, can produce.
Simply put, he wows you with his breathtaking technique and his decisive & emotive playing style...not withstanding his beautiful music. As we listen to
Trumpeter Gabriel Rosati's Classic recordings throughout this OL Interview, we are happily reminded of how one's musical vision can transcend and affect a lifetime of music-loving souls all around the world!
A seasoned Performer, touring on stage with greats from..."Santana," to "John Lee Hooker" to Tito Puente, Jr., Gregg Allman, Billy Preston & many more...
Italian-born Musician Gabriel Rosati knows the art of open air... open to many genres of great music... encompassing Latin, Jazz, Soul, Funk & Classical; Gabriel Rosati is just that kind of Consummate Artist.
Much in demand over the years, as a California-based Musician, and heading to Vegas and all over in Europe, Central South America, Japan, & major U.S.A. Cities,
Mr. Rosati is a well traveled Performer and Orchestra Conductor. Have you ever met anyone who can pretty much do it all?
Well, add this world-class Artist to your playlist. Working with the Angel Lebròn Orquesta, Perez Prado All Star, San Francisco All Star, to his own "Gabriel Rosati Latin Big Band..."
Also, as a celebrated Author of over 16 Music Books and Instructional, all of which Distributed by major International Publishers. including his own instructional DVD + BOOKLET " THE RANDOM SYSTEM" for SATRA CO. Moscow - Russia, and an Italian BOOK "LE MUSICHE DEL MESSICO" for ORIENT EXPRESS PUBL.
Publishers, With his long regal robe of credits, somehow Gabriel makes the time to give back, through his many Music Workshops to Students on several Continents... Uruguay, Salvador de Bahia, Dublin & more
On these many graceful notes...We present to our OL Readers, worldwide...the famed Musician, Composer & Singer...GABRIEL ROSATI!
Welcome Gabriel, and thank you for giving us and all of the OL Site Visitors, for what will be a 7-part Interview on the Oceanliner Notes Monthly Series, for the entire month of July 2016.
How was your tour out on the West Coast in L. A. earlier this year?
It was great, as always, not too long, but I had the chance to reconnect and perform with some long time colleagues and great friends. First of all my "brother" a kind of manager, cook and trainer: Mark Matthews in San Pedro.
The U.S. west coast remains my ideal homeland.
Gabriel, You were just performing in Las Vegas, too.
What kind of music did you perform there?
A lot of Latin-Rock, Top 40 and Soul music. I played with Jozev Castano (great guitarist-vocalist from Texas) & "the Upfront Band," we used to play together in Vegas during the early '90s.
Gabriel, we would like to do some globe-trotting around the world with You this month; on the various places you've toured, and the Bands that you have performed with.
Take us back to where it all began... beautiful Modena, Italy?
Yes, I was born there, but pretty soon my family headed back to central south coastal area in Italy where I grew up. Small town, but enough to motivate me and inspire my music career. At 18 years old I completed my studies at the academic conservatory and moved to Rome.
For a year I was with a military brass band, I ended up staying for 4 more years teaching at public schools and striving to play jazz, TV shows and Latin gigs.
'Talent' in itself, is special and is given.
As a youngster, your surrounding influences must have been instrumental in helping you to realize talents and your love of music...Tell us of these wonderful people?
I knew very few real good men! Many of the teachers and the surrounding music atmosphere didn't really excite me, this is why by the age of 22-23, I needed to get out of Italy and Europe in general!
Back then (and today isn't much different) the radio and media in general proposed just a lot of commercial Italian Pop, banal jingle music and usual stupid TV shows.
Now, let's see... We have the Trumpet, the Trombone, singing and composing. What Instrument came first for you, Gabriel?
My very first try was piano which didn't last long, then trumpet hit my imagination at 8 years old, and that was it. During the period of time of middle schools I also was into drums. Later on, thanks to the salsa scene, I learned the importance of singing.
What was the name of the first song that you sang, as a child, and how did it impact your love of singing?
"Voçé è Linda" by Caetano Veloso.
It's kind of strange, first of all I don't consider myself a good singer,.. Just try my best… but, like many trumpeters I am crazy about that Brazilian way of male voices and the Cuban punchy vocal technique (like Helìto Reves y su Charangòn). Quite opposite, but still very much interesting to me.
What kind of Grade School Music Productions were conducted, and how did it help to shape your childhood dream of becoming a Professional Musician?
Fortunately in my home town of Lanciano and following Pescara, I was in contact with some international classical music courses that I followed during every summer brake; studying and performing with symphonic orchestra, chamber music and brass. Those years were fun, but at the same time made me realize classical music wasn't for me.
Gabriel, we can hear the influence of various genres of music in your compositions.
One of your featured tracks in this OL Interview; "Shut Up and Mambame," from your 1992 "PACIFIC TIME" Album.
It reflects well of your Smooth Jazz side. What inspired you to write this song?
The early stage of my compositions reflects my younger tastes which were Chuck Mangione, Herb Alpert, Gato Barbieri and Stanley Turrentine. The inspiration for the whole cd was my bright life in the San Francisco area. I was twenty five, young, free and finally in California!
When you compose, what instrument do you write with?
I hear and sing the melody harmonizing on piano. If sometime I need to build a jingle with words or screen play, I imagine it all and then get down to note everything.
Your Discography is so nicely diversified, from Latin Jazz, to Brazilian, Standards, Smooth Jazz, Funk and then some...
What was the type of music that spoke volumes to you most, before heading abroad?
Strangely since my childhood, thanks to my fathers collection of records and passion in classical music; I listened to a lot of Russian authors, from Korsakov to Strawinsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. But also Massenet, Cesar Frànk, Debussy, Mahler, Bruckner, Aaron Copland… I loved the varieties of colors and feelings of each.
Phase 2 was the love for black music: Earth Wind & Fire, Berry White, Cool & the Gang, The Average White Band, Chuck Berry and James Brown.
Phase 3: the JAZZ; from Armstrong to Don Cherry, from Harry James to the Art Ensemble of Chicago. The big bands: Ferguson, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, and finally the trumpeters Cat Anderson, Dizzy, Claudio Roditi, Bobby Shew and Sandoval.
By the age of 20 I fell into the Latin American exotic world of sounds and got lost…
Where was your first touring stop and with what Band?
Lake Tahoe. The first real travelling band was with "Sweet Louie & The Checkmates" (I was almost the only white guy!..)
1994-1997, fun and crazy times… great experiences and great learning school for me. Those things you'll never get in any book or university of music.
When performing on stage and you get the immediate give and take between what works for You and the Audience; what goes through you mind when writing your next song?
Today, the composition for me is becoming something that I plan. No longer something casual, or spontaneous.
When I need a quick work ok, I get a call or an "order" for a cartoon theme, jingle or whatever I write and finish it in a couple of days, but quite often, I rather plan and work on a project.
For example, I wanted to write western film music scores for the longest time, last year finally got the opportunity and in a few months I wrote 22 original songs and recorded already 10 of them. That was a really great satisfaction.
One main fact is that I don't write music to please the public, it has to fulfill my heart. Then of course, if people appreciate it great! But too many artists these days sing and play only covers, this should be pretty soon come to an end!
It's like soccer business.. What is the sense of having a Milan soccer team when the players are from all over the world? It's nonsense! Today's music is a total mindless world: everybody keeps performing hits and standards 50 or more years old, labels keep releasing Beatles re-editions, jazz standards and well known melodies over and over!! I am very deluded by this.
Tell us about the creation of your own "Gabriel Rosati Latin Jazz Big Band," and the Musicians on this set?
This is a follow up of what I was saying. I got a chance to organize and coach a big band four years ago here in Italy. Good people, with talent and sincere love for music…
Most of them really talented musicians. As soon as we started up, I changed the whole repertoire, eliminating the old cheese songs and started bringing a lots of my own Latin-Brazilian arrangements.
It was like using an old Wolkswagen Beetle car body but putting a Ferrari motor underneath!!!
We delighted in watching the 'live' Performances on Youtube, at Auditorium Parco della Musica- in Rome, Italy...
We were enthralled by the diverse repertoire within the Latin Jazz realm, but it was icing on the cake that, after the performance, as Conductor, you introduced all of the
Musicians individually. A rare thing. Do you feel that it personalizes the overall Show performance, more for the Audience, let alone making each Musician feel and know that they play an intricate part in every set?
Yes! That's another milestone of mine: musicians deserve more respect!
At least, after hours, months and years of trouble, risks and practicing, at the end of each concert should be introduced! Too many times I see egocentric "pop icons" adulating their public, thanking everybody and without even mentioning their players. And also in classical symphonies I believe that is a real discrimination: great professionals in an orchestra never get recognized, never a particular call, presentation, for years keep making the "Maestro" look good? No way!
The arrangements for your Latin Jazz Big Band are high energy and colorfully provocative. From :Begin the Beguine," to "Speak Low" & so on.
Gabriel, what goes into the prep for these exciting arrangement, and what moves you most when You're performing on stage when conducting your Latin Jazz Big Band?
Thank you very much Gabriel, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
1 of 7 segment?
Yes, you really got it! High energy, provocative and sometimes mad arrangements.
I think we should remember more often we are in 2016, not 1996, not even 1966.. So, it's our responsibility to grow and play music more updated, different, new and fresh. People reacts to whatever you propose to them, it is easy to say that the public like oldies… I just finished composing and arranging 10 original tunes for Latin big band soon to be recorded. All Timba, Soca, Tango, Frevo, Reggae and Mozambique rhythms!
As, regarding the prep and rehearsal, I really would like to have some help and collaboration, may be a producer?.. A record label… but it seems all so impossible to reach these days. I just have to do it all with my own time, energies and personnel… a real miracle every time, actually
On part 2 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Series, on July 5, 2016, where we get to highlight some of amazing Stars of the Music Business that Gabriel Oscar Rosati has worked with...& learn about the making a host of our favorites of Gabriel's own wonderful Compositions!
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