Friday, July 20, 2012
A Saxophone Giant You Probably Never Heard: Gianni Basso
I have ten of his CDs as a leader, and all are good, with each featuring a different grouping and aspect of his musical personality. In all he has 29 CDs listed as a leader, but many are very hard to get as they are on small or out of print labels. The bulk of my collection is from Philology, one of the outstanding labels in Italy and in fact the jazz world in general. Philology is not a readily available label in the U.S. and coupled with his very few visits, this likely explains why he is under the radar. Several others are from Japan, equally hard to get and often expensive to purchase if you find it.