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SEGMENT 1 OF 7

OL:
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!

OL:
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!
 
OL:
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?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
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 managercook and trainer: Mark Matthews in San Pedro.
The U.S. west coast remains my ideal homeland. 

OL:
Gabriel, You were just performing in Las Vegas, too.
What kind of music did you perform there?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
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.  
 
OL:
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?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
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. 

OL:
'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?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
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. 
 
OL:
Now, let's see... We have the Trumpet, the Trombone, singing and composing. What Instrument came first for you, Gabriel?

Gabriel Rosati:
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.
 
OL:
What was the name of the first song that you sang, as a child, and how did it impact your love of singing?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
"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.
 
OL:
What kind of Grade School Music Productions were conducted, and how did it help to shape your childhood dream of becoming a Professional Musician?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
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.
 
OL:
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?

Gabriel Rosati:
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!
 
OL:
When you compose, what instrument do you write with?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
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.
 
OL:
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?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
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…
 
OL:
Where was your first touring stop and with what Band?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
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.
 
OL:
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?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
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.
 
OL:
Tell us about the creation of your own "Gabriel Rosati Latin Jazz Big Band," and the Musicians on this set?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
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!!!
 
OL:
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?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
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!
 
OL:
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?
 
OL:
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?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
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


OL:
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!
 
OL:
Thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Series!
Read our next segment on Trumpeter Gabriel Rosati this coming week for the whole month of July 2016!

SEGMENT 2 OF 7

OL:
Welcome Back to the Multi-talented Trumpeter, Trombonist, Composer & Singer...Latin Jazz Artist & BEST JAZZ nominee at the ORANGE COUNTY, CA MUSIC AWARDS (2008)...GABRIEL OSCAR ROSATI!...this being Part 2 of our 7 part Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Series for the month of July 2016!
 
OL:
Welcome back Gabriel, and thanks again for coming on Oceanlight Records as our special Guest Artist this month.
We see that you have won your share of accolades and Awards, and rightfully so.What did it mean for you to win the Dean Martin Award and how did he influence you as an Artist?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
Dean Martin's family was originally from Abruzzo, the same area of mine. Since a few years back there is this prize that celebrates internationally acclaimed persons, artists, actors, singers, but also business people, doctors, etc.
It was quite surprising for me. I never really won any prizes in my life, competitions or awards.. so,.. it was a start…
In regards to Dean Martin as part of the "Rat Pack," yeah, that was pretty awesome..

OL:
We here at OL, have our Dean Martin favorites, but what would be your favorite Dean Martin song to cover as an Instrumental?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
Ain't That a Kick in the Head
 
OL:
You've worked alongside with some real music giants. Let's go down the line, a bit. Tell us about working with the famed Latin/Rock Group, 'Santana"?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
During the first years of 1990's while living in San Francisco I was lucky enough to collaborate with a few of the Santana entourage musicians (Jorge Santana, Oreste Vilatos, Armando Peraza and Carl Perazzo) and that allowed me to sub for a few gigs with the well known icon Carlos.
 
OL:
Not that they ever needed to, because they have their own unique sound...and without a sweat, the group 'Santana' crosses over from Latin to Rock to Pop & so on.
How important is it to You, being a part of a crossover sound, if at all?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
About cross over styles and hybrid music, I have a personal opinion: the roots and the rules of certain music styles are very important and vital to know; afterwards we should go on and research or evolve to new sounds and fusions.
Too often I hear players who are mixing up rhythms that don't really distinguish, this can be another issue about today's loss of interest in good music.
My attitude has been very respectful to performing each and every music style in the right way, when not sure or uncomfortable with a particular kind (like rap, italian pop, folk-roots, antique classical music), I just don't take the job. Nobody is perfect and we shouldn't always say yes! 
 
OL:
Okay, let's go from Latin/Rock to the Blues.
You also worked with The Legendary John Lee Hooker?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
That was in the same period of time, I was working a lot with Blues Hammond player-singer Deacon Jones, and him being John Lee Hooker's former musician allowed me to join them for several recording sessions.
I have got a lot of great lessons from soul musicians, they got the "dough"…
  
OL:
We had the honor of attending the one and only Tito Puente's 75th Birthday Concert, a while back at the Tarrytown Music Hall in New York.
In your working in his son Tito Puente, Jr.'s Band, what influences do you hear, Gabriel, that would be reminiscent of his Father's legendary Latin Percussion Sound?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
He keeps the same sound and attitude on stage. Very professional players and venues. It was an honor for me to be part of that group for a few concerts in 2009.
 
OL:
Gabriel, your BRAZILATAFRO PROJECT SERIES Albums are true works of art.
Enriched with the influences of African, Brazilian, Latin Salsa, South American rhythms, it's what real music is all about.
The feeling, the culture. Share with us, the original concept of what you set out to achieve, in this material set?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
Around 1997 in Las Vegas, I started feeling a little uncomfortable performing always conventional and cover music. Also I noticed that Latin bands kept doing the same repertoire, R&B, blues, shows, each on their own path repeating pretty much the same songs over and over. This gave me the hint to create something different, some kind of "Panamerican" sounds embracing the whole Latin American to the Afro Roots; so, using a kind of variety of musicians (Cuban with Brazilian, with a Chicano and for example a Caribbean) I slowly made up my own original material.
Keeping an electric-modern and somehow aggressive sound I ended up with my own original "book" of a hundred tunes in 20 years.
 
OL:
In this OL Interview, it was hard to narrow down the top tracks to feature...but no matter, there was no way we could lose. These are all masterpieces, showcasing Gabriel Rosati's multi-Latin Jazz styles at his best.
 
OL:
Gabriel, let's start with "Siento."
Brazilatafro Project, Vol. 1... Gabriel Oscar Rosati & Brazilatafro, namely titled.
This vibrant salsa track works well with a rhythmic chorus hook, for both the listening ear and awesome percussion for the dancing feet.
What does "Siento" mean to You?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
Yes. This is also my goal: to perform interesting music, but still appealing to the dancing crowd. 
I don't enjoy much the typical quite and passive public. This must be a kind of rejection I developed towards the European typical classical attitude.
"Siento" mean, I feel.. the music was mine and the lyrics by my Cuban godfather and guru Narciso Montero "Boniato" (a veteran singer percussionist from the Perez Prado orchestra).
 
OL:
We come to your Vocal track of "Mama Cantagallo." from your Brazilatafro Project, Vol. 2. A breezy bossa nova does it every time.
There are some really nice chord changes, here. In your writing; what comes first to You, in terms or concept, chords, melody & lyrics?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
The melody first, then the harmony and later the lyrics. Sometimes I have to modify the theme to better fit the phrasing.
Bossanova is like traditional jazz you can never go wrong doing it. (this is why I guess a lot of non-Latino players do it… eh eh eh… just being bad).
 
OL:
On Vol 3 of your Brazilatafro Project,
there's more great songs that are destined to magnify your dynamic Discography, Gabriel, for years to come.
As you know, one of our favorites is "Chuva..." but we want to save the best for last, later in this Interview.
Meanwhile, tell us about the making of "Para ei mi Maestro…"one of the tightest arrangements of the album. Your crisp trumpet performance track totally kills... crystal clear and soaring...And so does your Band's rhythm section. How about the story on this song?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
With this song and some others, I have a love and hate relation: never being able to do it right on live stage; perhaps because of the few rehearsal we always deal with? Or perhaps the song hasn't enough appeal to the musicians. I am actually very critical in general, with my own stuff especially. 
 
OL:
We have our, but What's your favorite tracks on your Brazilatafro Project, Vol.4 & 5?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
My favorite track is "Sangre!" (Vol. 4) but the most played and sold has been
"O Mundo Funk Carioca" (Vol. 5)
 
OL:
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
2 of 7 segment?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
Thank you.
 
OL:
We look forward on July 10, 2016. to Part 3 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Series,
learning about some of Gabriel's favorites Band Touring moments, places, people... His playing technique & so much more!
Come back, soon!
 
OL:
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


SEGMENT 3 OF 7

OL:
Welcome Back to the Multi-talented Trumpeter, Trombonist, Composer & Singer...Latin Jazz Artist & BEST JAZZ nominee at the ORANGE COUNTY, CA MUSIC AWARDS (2008)...GABRIEL OSCAR ROSATI!...this being Part 3 of our 7 part Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Series for the month of July 2016!
 
OL:
Welcome back Gabriel, great to have You on again, on Oceanlight Records as our special Guest Artist this month.
At the top of this segment, let's highlight your acclaimed Songbook, "100 Original Tunes for All Instruments a Complete Approach to Latin Rhythms, Jazz-rock, Fusion & Smooth Jazz...
(Hal Leonard/MUSIC MINUS ONE Publishing). All originals?
 
Gabriel Rosati
:
Yes, I do have some more but they are the most adaptable to a regular performer, student or public.
 
OL
:
This '100' piece Songbook comes with 4 CD Performance and Accompaniment tracks... This is for all Instruments...filled with sounds of salsa, Latin & tango?
 
Gabriel Rosati
:
Yes, I suggest always to practice and read all kinds of notation from all instruments and not only our own. It is much more interesting and for sure develops better sight reading and a unique style.
 
OL
:
It is stated that your originals in the '100' piece Songbook, is styled after John Williams, the Brecker Brothers, Claus Ogerman and others.
Interesting; it's a wonderful close-knit world, sometimes... as we also feature fellow Trumpeter great Randy Brecker in this OL Interview Series.
And Legendary Conductors John Williams & Claus Ogerman, always take one's breath away with their lush and spell-bounding string arrangements, but we will say no more.
 
OL
:
Gabriel
, we can clearly feel the influencing connection of these great Artists in your own music.
Would that be a fair statement?
 
Gabriel Rosati
:
Oh, I do hope so. That would be a great compliment.
 
OL
:
And so, the same goes for the many Artists that you continue to influence. Paying it forward, so to speak.
In your free moments, who do you listen to?
 
Gabriel Rosati
:
During the last ten years after being a total music cannibal: listening, studying, watching videos, practicing,  going to hundreds of concerts and researching non-stop, I did slow down. Not more so many live concerts interest me; too often the sound system isn't well done, or the great name is bringing just some young players? Or sometimes the music is kind of dated?
For sure there are some names that I always have in my car cd player: FANIA ALL STAR, CUBAN TIMBA, BANDA OLODUM, SAMBA DA RUA, RAUL DE SOUZA, ARMANDO MANZANERO, CHARANGON CUBANO, ORCHESTRAL TANGOS, MILTON NASCIMENTO, YMA SUMAC, CALYPSO MASTERS, LALO SCHIFRIN, MIKE BRECKER-CLAUS OGERMAN, DON ELLIS etc.. 
 
OL
:
Films, jingles, industrial backgrounds, theater and 'live' venues… are all a part of your songwriting profile, Gabriel. We here at OL, are especially interested in your involvement in Film Music. Namely, your production of original music written and orchestrated with Symphonic setting titled "Western Film Music Ltd" by Galli Records, Italia.
Also, what is your take on the importance of how film scores can affect the full landscape of a Movie?
 

Gabriel Rosati
:
Yup. This has been a very lucky experience I found these guys from Galli Records here not far from my little village and they liked the idea, the songs and helped me to produce the whole thing in their studio!
A 6 months job, very intense and positive. You can check the previews on: iTunes Preview
This is my sincere hope; to keep working more on sound screen score.
I am sure that a mediocre movie with a great music can become a hit, not sure of the other way around…
 
OL:
What would be some of your favorite Film Scores?
 
Gabriel Rosati
:
Cape Fear, Psycho, Jaws, Once Upon a Time in America, Batman, Hatari! The French Connection, Bullitt, The Godfather, James Bond 007 (most of them), Fellini's movies.
 
OL
:
What is the concept for your New Release in 2016; " THE RANDOM SYSTEM" (DVD Booklet), for SATRA CO.?
 
Gabriel Rosati
:
This thing of "The Random System" is a crazy idea of mine. To be honest I noticed during many years of my musical career that most of the times the perfectly trained and graduates from colleges and universities don't convince me. Very often I hear a lot of technical phrasing, clean and tight playing; but still not soul!
During so many years of workshops, meeting with players all over the world, from Brazil to Japan, the States, Europe and even Africans, I can tell that 99% of them have the same troubles, problems and doubts.. Why?...
There must be something wrong with the pedagogical approach of learning a musical instrument…
So I am pretty sure that the learning process of any student is certainly suppose to go through theory, technique, scales, arpeggios, harmony, patterns and sight reading; but at a certain point(soon enough), you need to get away from this whole fixed system and just run free towards whatever you feel the need to play with the instrument, or without, sometimes just scream!.. Or play dissonances, or try wild free and awkward Melodies, just dare! Have the guts to do something really different on stage, or even recording in studio!!
Everybody is terrified of mistakes…So I put together all kinds of strange sounding intervals, patterns, irregular warm up and left handed exercises to challenge each other on a new ground; not more on the usual tonal ways.
There is a dvd along to play and interact with.
 
OL
:
In some of your Video Workshops and Master Classes on Youtube, You discuss with the Music Students; (to paraphrase), that there's a fine line between over-playing and under-playing an instrument. Interesting theory.
Can you please expand on that and how this technique can shape the overall sound of a music piece?
 
Gabriel Rosati
:
Of course, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker and many of the great masters knew when and what to play.. it isn't easy at all, for most of the instrumentalists; no one really tell us how to approach a melody or a solo. I try to help out as much as I can, when doing Master Class or Workshop. I am there to give 100% of what I know… Not to show off how great I am…  
 
OL
:
Gabriel
, as an Educator, we thank you. Students can learn much from a Performing Artist of your caliber.
They say that some of the best Teachers, start out as the best type of Students.
As a Teacher of Jazz, Brass techniques and Afro-Cuban-Brazilian music,
stretching from Denmark, to Las Vegas Performing Arts Center, Tokyo Yamaha Jazz School, Fullerton College, Cal State of Los Angeles and many others. Very impressive.
Gabriel
, You studied and graduated in Brass, Solfege, Harmony, Music Theory, Psychology, Pedagogy at the Pescara National Conservatory of Music (Italy)…
You also studied Arrangement, Combo and lead trumpet at the Dick Groove University of Los Angeles? How did You view the two different learning institutions in your early years of studies?
 
Gabriel Rosati
:
The European approach, especially the Italian system is very updated. The North American is much more efficient and modern. No comparison. I thank God everyday I made it to the U.S.A. Staying in Europe could have been a real depressing life for me.
 
OL
:
What do You think of the young up & coming Musicians of today?

Gabriel Rosati:
I am not sure we can generalize, but they look much more relaxed and better technical players. Perhaps not much interested in progressive, atonal or the roots of Latin music. They seem a kind of standardized players.
 
OL
:
Thank you very much Gabriel, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
We look forward on July 15, 2016, to Part 4 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Series; traveling all around with Trumpeter great GABRIEL OSCAR ROSATI... from Miami to Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Rome, Italy, Copenhagen & then some...!
Hold on to your seats, friends & come back, soon!
 
OL
:
Thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Series
!

SEGMENT 4 OF 7

OL:
Welcome Back, Gabriel, thanks so much! Our OL Readers, worldwide are certainly getting a real insight about the many color of your magical Career;
this being Part 4 of our 7 part Interview for
OL's Oceanliner Notes Series for the month of July 2016.
 
OL:
We're at the segment Interview feature, where we introduce a 'one word' Interview question to You, Gabriel, and if you can you please playback a One-word Commentary Note for the OL Visitors. Sometimes one-word can speak thousands!!
Take it away, Gabriel!
 
OL:
Sunshine?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
Yeah.
 
OL:
Pacific?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
Los Angeles
 
OL:
Improvise?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
Always.
 
OL:
Fly?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
Great.
 
OL:
Audience?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
Ok.
 
OL:
Orchestra?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
Cool.
 
OL:
Valve?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
Trombone.
 
OL:
Reach?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
Whatever.
 
OL:
100?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
Years old.
 
OL:
Modena?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
Ok.
 
OL:
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 4 of 7 segment?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
Yes.

OL:
Thank you, Gabriel. We look forward tomorrow in Part 5 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Series,
On our next OL Segment, Trumpeter extraordinaire GABRIEL OSCAR ROSATI returns and we get to
visit the making of some of his best Vocal Recordings, including the beautiful song, "Chuva," and others...
So, come back on July 20, 2016! Thank you.
 
OL:
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Series for the month of July 2016!


SEGMENT 5 OF 7

OL:
Welcome Back Gabriel!
this being Part 5 of our 7 part Interview for
OL's Oceanliner Notes Series for the month of July 2016!
 
OL:
We know of GABRIEL OSCAR ROSATI, as the amazing Trumpeter, Trombonist, Composer & Arranger...but why stop there? When you've got it...you've got it.
Gabriel's talents are stellar in equal in measure & know no boundaries.
In this segment, we get to feature Gabriel Oscar Rosati, The Singer...

OL:
Welcome once again, Gabriel!
As promised, OL would like to feature your wonderful and passionate Vocals on your song, "Chuva."
First stop; Miami! Tell us Gabriel, about working as a Musician, in the bright, balmy & exciting night life of Miami?

Gabriel Rosati:
You guys are overwhelming ...
Miami was a year of transition. 2001-2002. Great place, some amazing musicians. I had the chance to perform with some players from Gloria Estefan, El Guaco and Celia Cruz bands.
It was beautiful. A lots of scary animals around but nice music everywhere.

OL:
Next stop; across the waters to the bossa and beauty of Sao Paulo, Brazil?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
Yes. Sao Paulo and Brazil in general have become a yearly pit stop for me. In the past 4 years I have been back there for several months playing with some of the best musicians and bands I have ever met: Manoel Cruz Trio (fantasti bass player and band), Arlindo Jr., Sambajah (Sambista do Pagode to be checked out), Boca Nervosa, etc..
Sao Paulo is a pure samba city and love it for this.
 
OL:
We get the distinct feeling, when listening to your music, that a good part of your heart & soul lies on the shores of Brazil, the native land of the samba, Carioca & bossa nova movement & that's a good thing.
 
Gabriel Rosati:
I must admit Brazilian music has been the greatest passion of my music life. It's just something natural, I never really studied it.
 
OL:
Next stop: At least for some of us, respectively, Rome Italy is home to You.
You had to know the love and sacred importance that Rome holds in the hearts of the people of the world...The music there must be very fertile & rich in history? 

Gabriel Rosati:
mmm… I did live in Rome while I was 19 to 24 years of age, it was fantastic at first, I did grow up with a lots of live experiences and some TV.

OL:
Now, we come to Copenhagen!
What style of Jazz were you playing mostly, when living and working there?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
Eh eh eh… this is crazy. I ended up in Copenhagen while working as musician on a cruise line. Very annoyed by the loungy gig on ship. I got out for two nights while docking there; met some Brazilian band playing in a club. I did play with them both nights and I just broke the contract on the ship, left them and joined the Brazilians on a 6 weeks tour all over northern Europe!
 
OL:
In Copenhagen, how do the Audiences differ from some of the other places that you've toured?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
You know, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Hungary, Romania, I have been in those places playing a lot of Latin music, despite of what is a common idea, they really appreciate it and go crazy about it quite easily!
Actually I am just leaving again for a few concerts with another great friend of mine saxophonist Lucian Nagy & his "Balkumba Tribe". Last summer we even played at the International Bucharest Jazz Festival.
 
OL:
Okay, Gabriel, we're having fun traveling with You. What has been your favorite place to tour, so far?

Gabriel Rosati:
Rio de Janeiro.
 
OL:
Gabriel, you work with so many great Musicians. What goes into organizing the various Band ensembles, especially for your 'Latin Jazz Big Band'?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
A lots of headaches, problems and magic spells… Ah ah ah… yes, I really need all the cosmic help I can...
The big band in general is always a dream group every trumpeter would like to accomplish. At this moment it's a project that goes on and off. I do hope to get more calls with it.
 
OL:
Another one of your Smooth Jazz styled tracks that we're featuring here; "Moths," from your SATIRO Album. It has a nice laid-back, mystic & foggy kind of feel to it.
Love the chord nuances. Your Trumpet phrasing on this track really locks in the groove. What's the story behind this cool tune?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
Satiro is an anagram of Rosati.. it is another side of my personality, (dark, night life freak, foggy sounds) it was a collection of all night life animals titles "The Nite Owl", "Le Chat Noir", "Le Belle di Notte,"...
This past year I finished a similar project called "Ytasor" with some more similar tunes produced with Italian long time buddy Eric Paglione PJ.
 
OL:
What is your recording process, when you're working in the Studio?
 
Gabriel Rosati:
When possible I love to go to the studio all together and record 'live', all at once. Of course being prepared in advance, I usually lay down the rhythm section with myself and later add whatever I need.

OL:
After recording, how involved are you in the mixing stages...as they say mixing is almost everything?

 Gabriel Rosati:
Mixing is very important but it's not my "forte". I don't like to be hours and hours listening and going crazy over a mix. If someone I trust can do it, I rather just take a final listening trying to be as objective as I can.

OL:
Do you like to sit on the mix for a while and then come back a listen to it again, or do you like getting the mix done and move on to the next Music Production?

Gabriel Rosati:
Absolutely, I am a kind of restless person, so I don't last long sitting at the mixing down for many hours. My mind goes quickly to the future.

OL:
We know that it's not fair to ask, but it won't hurt to try...What would be your favorite album of yours that you've released to date?

Gabriel Rosati:
Of course the last one: "BRAZILATAFRO LIVE AT THE PHILARMONIC HALL IN ARAD" (Dodici lune Rec.) a total live album we recorded in a concert with Lucian Nagy, GCseckeabor , Alex Dan Mitrofan, Csaba Pusztai and Laszlo Studnitzky. Mostly original songs and great energy!

OL:
Thanks so much Gabriel, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
On July 25, 2016. Part 6 of 7 of the Oceanliner Notes Series, will return, with Trumpeter GABRIEL OSCAR ROSATI! The Singer!
Ciao, see you back, soon!

OL:
Thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Series!


SEGMENT 6 OF 7

OL:
Welcome Back Gabriel!
this being Part 6 of our 7 part Interview for
Oceanliner Notes Series at OL's
for the month of July 2016!
 
OL
:
We know of GABRIEL OSCAR ROSATI, as the amazing Trumpeter, Trombonist, Composer & Arranger...but why stop there? When you've got it...you've got it. Versatility!
Gabriel's talents
, like an African diamond found, while on Safari... a talent such as this, shimmers no matter how you turn it.
In this segment, we get to feature Gabriel Oscar Rosati, The Singer...
 
OL
:
Welcome once again, Gabriel!
As promised to our OL Readers, we would like to feature some of your wonderful Vocal Performances.
For your song, "Chuva…" the true passion in your voice makes an naturally undying statement.
The inspiration behind this track comes from where...?
 
Gabriel Rosati
:
"Chuva," Means rain. It was one of the typical moments of mine back home in Italy, in my wooden home in San Vito Marina (small village on the Adriatic coast), in my studio down stair, alone, in a kind of nostalgic mood that the melody came to me. That was it, even on the recording I stick mostly to the theme. I am sure that the song makes it all; arrangements, improvisations, technology and players aren't so important. 
 
OL
:
There are some Singers who are afraid to give their full heart & soul on a track, and they can sometimes succumb to the "formula"... No such thing with you, Gabriel. There's an undeniable refreshing honesty and grit that clearly comes through in your voice, that creates the distinction, keeping it real... And so that is the overall responsibility we carry, as Musicians.
 
OL
:
The song, "Chuva," from your Gabriel Rosati & "BRAZILATAFRO PROJECT" Vol. 2, has a melancholy feel to it, and at the same time, the melodic hook in the verses are so nicely arranged; as it allows You, as a Singer Gabriel, to express yourself with ease.
We also like the raintree and build effect at the top of the tune. Can you share with our OL Readers, the translation of this song?
 
Gabriel Rosati
:
Yes:
"Thinking of you is sad when I am relaxing and it rains, It's always the sunset, the night, the moments of the devil, which develop the nostalgia...And I sing this song…"
 
OL
:
Thank you very much, Gabriel. Very nice!
 
OL
:
To summarize in "Chuva," you also render this time, to the Trombone instrument solo, instead of using the Trumpet.
What goes into deciding the instrumentation of your tracks in general?
 
Gabriel Rosati
:
Many times I have in mind the sound of the instruments while I write the music; quite often the trumpet doesn't fit. I guess it's ok this way, the result of the song has to be right not necessarily connected with me being a trumpeter. Also, trumpet can be a disturbing instrument, saxophone, voice, trombone, cello and flute can do a better job sometimes.

OL
:
Another favorite of OL's is your nice and easy vocal flow of this track, "MAMA CANTAGALLO," of your "BRAZILATAFRO PROJECT" Vol. 3. The magic of the bossa nova, itself...hypnotic, swaying & romantic. Your vocals on this one, has a lovely understated sense of control.
Who are some of the Singers from Brazil that inspired You?
 
Gabriel Rosati
:
Milton Nascimento
, Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso, Ivan Lins, Alcione, Sandra de Sa' and Simone.
 
OL
:
Gabriel, throughout the span of your illustrious Career, with over 19 CD's released in your name, you also released an album of "Romantic Classics," delving into the Classical world pf Composers,
from Camille Saint-Saëns to Edward Grieg & others...
How did if feel, adding a Classical album to your Discography?
 
Gabriel Rosati
:
I did two classical albums, both with all unique arrangements for trumpet and piano I made up. The tunes are sincerely my favorite ones. The next one I am planning is a tribute to Scott Joplin's ragtimes; 12 of his compositions transcribed and adapted for trumpet, French horn or trombone and piano.
 
OL
:
What Artists haven't You worked with Gabriel, that You would one day like to work with?

 Gabriel Rosati:
Sadly they are mostly gone… Marvin Gaye, Barry White, Gato Barbieri and Earth Wind & Fire.
The alive ones: Claudio Roditi, Afro-Cuban All Star, Alcione and Simone
 
OL:
You were recently participating at the "International Trumpet Guild" world conference in Anaheim, showcasing your own stand of CD's, Books and Original music (Brazilatafro Music)?
 
Gabriel Rosati
:
Being an independent artist, I guess it was the only way, thanx to my co-producer Mr. Samvel Avetisyan, I  have been for the first time at this event. Nothing really fantastic, I was suppose to perform there with my own music and players but then, down the road of the games I got left out.
Anyhow my music cds, books and dvd sold pretty well. I got an idea of this event too. The music business is becoming a sort of pay and receive back, if you buy the space, the advertising then you get some publicity, interviews or even magazine cover…I don't think that should be the way.. but hey…

OL
:
So, you're co-producing an album with Cuban painter and singer Mike Rivero (with the "Calle 6" group)?
 Gabriel Rosati:
Yes. We started the project 4 years ago back then because of my travelling around it got delayed. Mike Rivero is a great modern painter and genuine talented "sonero", percussionist, guitarist. After few collaborations I helped him out to realize this "Calle 6" cd with some original tunes and covers from the Buena Vista Social Club wave.
 
OL
:
When will it be released?
We look forward to checking it out.
 
Gabriel Rosati
:
I guess this coming wintertime. The cool thing about it is the punchy horn lines over delicate Cuban conjunto and son montunos.
 
OL
:
Great. Keep OL posted.
 
Gabriel Rosati
:
 
OL
:
Thanks so 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
6 of 7 segment?
 
Gabriel Rosati
:
Yes, may be, as conclusion I feel that an important part of our daily life wherever we live, whatever is our job and passion, too many times forgotten is BALANCE.
We really need to search for a good balance in our lives. Psychology and physic are supposed to be in good shape, I always send this message to students and colleagues: try to live a healthy life, no smoking, no drinking and good alimentation are the roots of a healthy life, as well as practicing sports, music and meditation.
In the long run the results are tangible. I am sure 100%.
 
OL
:
On, July 30, 2016. Part 7 of 7 Closing Segment of the Oceanliner Notes Series, will return,
with Trumpeter GABRIEL OSCAR ROSATI!
Come back and join us!
 
OL
:
Thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Series
!

Playlist samples:
Celebrated Trumpeter
GABRIEL OSCAR ROSATI

1. Shut Up and Mambame
SAN FRANCISCO SESSION CD
2. Vida Nueva
BRAZILATAFRO PROJECT VOL.3 CD
3. High Life
BRAZILATAFRO VOL. 4 - 5 CELEBRATION (DOUBLE CD)
4. Mama Cantagallo
BRAZILATAFRO PROJECT VOL.3 CD
5. Moths
SATIRO CD
6. Rise (cover)
BRAZILATAFRO PROJECT VOL.1 CD
7. GABRIEL ROSATI & LATIN BIG BAND
'live' at Auditorium Parco della Musica- Roma Sangre
8. Sangre
BRAZILATAFRO VOL. 4 - 5 CELEBRATION (DOUBLE CD)
9. The Sax Player's Shoes
PACIFIC TIME CD
10. Siento
BRAZILATAFRO PROJECT VOL.1 CD
11. CalState Workshop by Gabriel Rosati
12. Chuva
BRAZILATAFRO PROJECT VOL.3 CD
13. Song For Maura
A NEW LIFE START CD
14. Interstate 5
PACIFIC TIME CD
15. Eu e pedrinho
PACIFIC TIME CD
16. Para ei mi Maestro
BRAZILATAFRO PROJECT VOL.3 CD
17. Una Improvisacion del Cirberto
!SALSA! CD
Special Guest Artist Online Interview Feature...
GABRIEL OSCAR ROSATI
FAMED TRUMPETER TROMBONIST SINGER COMPOSER & ARRANGER
www.gabrielrosati.com
Original  OL Records Artist Interview: 7/1/16 - 7/31/16


OL Quote Pick of the Guest Artist's Interview!

"I must admit Brazilian music has been the greatest passion of my music life. It's just something natural, I never really studied it."

Gabriel Rosati...

"Brazilatafro Project" Live in Italy CD
GABRIEL ROSATI & THE 7 CHAKRAS OF BIG BAND CD
Gabriel Rosati, Brazilatafro Project  Celebration - digital
:"Gabriel Oscar Rosati, Brazilatafro" - digital
Gabriel Rosati & "Brazilatafro Project", Vol. 3 XS
EL NUEVO CLASICO XD
Satiro CD
SAN FRANCISCO SESSION CD
Latin American Trumpet Music
Pacific Tim CD
HEAVENLY MELODIES CD
CELEBRATED POST-ROMANTIC CLASSICS XD
Live at the Philarmonic Hall in Arad  Import XS
!SALSA! CD
BRAZILATAFRO PROJECT” VOL.6 – GABRIEL ‘O PENSADOR
SEGMENT 7 OF 7

OL:
Welcome Back, Gabriel! Its been great having You on OL, this being Part 7 of our OL Interview for the Oceanliner Notes Series. As we have reached the closing segment of this Interview feature,
 
OL
:
all of us here at OL are in such awe of your serious talents, Gabriel.
We'd like to thank You many times over, for sharing some of your truly electric & beautiful sounds, your time, heart & soul with all of our OL Viewers.
Musical accomplishments are more than next Gig. They are a way of life! A Musician's Life! GABRIEL OSCAR ROSATI.

OL
:
Gabriel
, You are using your musical gifts wisely… & your shining exuberance seems to just bounce right off of You;
right into our own listening hearts & souls. A globe-trotting creative talent, you're always in flight. Aren't we lucky? Indeed, we all are!!!.
Thank You, Gabriel.
 
Gabriel Rosati
:
Thank you guys. Too good to me.
 
OL
:
Take this, if you will, please give us your closing liner notes on importance of performing 'live' show, today., and your closing music commentary quote? Thank you.

Gabriel Rosati
:
Be honest. Practice well anything you are called to do. Be humble and open to changes. And especially be coherent, don't just do gigs that pay the bills…

OL
:
Take this great advice folks, as one for the road!... And for everyday life!
Musicians, especially, though sometimes in nature, can be free spirits; but even with that said, there is s sense of discipline, focused vision, and organization required to get the musical heights, that of a well traveled and celebrated Musician Artist like the Multi-talented Trumpeter GABRIEL OSCAR ROSATI!
We, here at OL look forward to hearing more music magic,  in the years to come, from Gabriel...

OL
:
Thank you, to the incredible Latin Jazz Trumpeter, Trombonist, Composer, Arranger & Singer OSCAR GABRIEL  ROSATI, and thank you All for
visiting Oceanlight Records Oceanliner Notes Series!!!