Take Five With Simone Gubbiotti
Played and recorded with Joe LaBarbera, Darek Oles, Marco Panascia, Sid Jacobs, Tim Welvaars. Coming up next album with Peter Erskine on drums and Oles on bass.
Teachers and/or influences?
Joe Diorio, Sid Jacobs, Wes Montgomery, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter... and many, many others...
I knew I wanted to be a musician when. . .
I knew that when I went to listen Ornette Coleman, which was my first concert of jazz. I was 24 at the time, playing guitar for just two weeks, and I didn't understand a single note in the nightI didn't even know what happenedso I told to myself to go deep into that to try to figure it out. And then I fell in love with jazz.
Your sound and approach to music:
My approach to music is simple, I try to do my best every day, I try to learn something every day and being late, due to my path to it, I practice as hard as I can. I put all my emotion into it because I think that energy and a great heart are very important. Concerning the sound, my research is to find my own voice; if someone can recognize me, the I've succeeded.
Your teaching approach:
I don't have a standard philosophy, I think that every student is different and my goal is to let him/her express the inner voice. A student has to find his/her own original approach on the instrument. Obviously I have my suggestions, especially concerning the harmonic approach on the guitar to take advantage in the best way. Too often a guitarist is similar to a saxophone so I think we have to develop a strong harmonic sense.
Your dream band:
Hard to say. I had the fortune to record with some of my heroes, and I will do again soon in November with Peter Erskine. I have some artist that I love involved in my projects, I see regularly some of them, I can mention Joe LaBarbera. But if I really have to make a choice I will say Wayne Shorter.
Road story: Your best or worst experience:
I can't say anything about this, I'm too new in the business to have a lot of stories, I consider a great experience everything coming to me. I would love anyway, sometimes, more respect for the artists by the audience, especially in the clubs, sometimes it's too noisy.
Holland tour, in general, last year.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
There are many. Speak no Evil (Shorter)-because it contains the first song I ever played in a jazz gig, "Witch Hunt." Kind of Blue, by Miles Davis; John Coltrane's Soultrane, Joe Diorio's albums.
The first Jazz album I bought was:
Question and Answer by Pat Metheny.
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
I think I bring my personal vision of jazz writing a lot of original music and putting into it my life experience. I'm truth to it any time and I show my feelings in any songs. If you're not scared to show who you are, that's jazz for me.
Did you know. . .
That I was a professional soccer player (football for Europeans).
CDs you are listening to now:
Joe Diorio, Tribute to Jobim (RAM Records); Simone Gubbiotti,Sinergy (ART); Keith Jarrett, all records; Tomo; Pat Metheny, Day Trip (Nonesuch).
Desert Island picks:
Simone Gubbiotti, Tracce di Eoni (Comar 23); Simone Gubbiotti, Essenza (Sonikrecords); Simone Gubbiotti, Sinergy (ART)these are albums I made, the tracks I leave to the world.
Miles Davis, Kind of Blue (Columbia); Wayne Shorter, Speak no Evil (Blue Note).
How would you describe the state of jazz today?
Hard to say, I think that there is a lack of interest for the new projects and too space given to big names only because they are famous and they sell. There is a lot of business and less interest in the artistic side, in the creative process and fear I add to invest in the new generations.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Believe in it!
What is in the near future?
I just finished writing my new album, dedicated to my best friend, who died two years ago, and I just made the booking to record it In Los Angeles with Peter Erskine and Darek Oles. It's a very emotional project. I'm working also to the next Italian tour with my Hammond combo with Walter Calloni on drums and Alberto Marsico on organ, and I plan to sign a contract with a European management agency at the end of the summer.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
No idea honestly but, knowing myself, I think I would created my own company.