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I wanna jazz + funk
Born in 1974, Filippo “Phil” Cavalieri grew up in an era where jazz-
rock was at it's peak. His formative musical years took place in
Ferrara (Italy) where he played in the clubs with all kinds of bands
playing everything from Jimi Hendrix to Barry White. As he was
learning his instrument, Phil was influenced by Santana, Jerry Garcia,
Jimi Hendrix, and the guitarist of the classic rock band of the
seventies. Even though Cavalieri claims to be more of a blues-rock
player, it was the influence of jazz that led him to the style of
playing and composing in a different way of look at the improvisation.
Phil finished school and then moved to Holland where he studied and
played with different jazz players , like Jan Kuiper, Winfred Buma and
Leonardo Amuedo and attended the workshop of John Abercombie, Charlie
Haden, Scott Henderson, Gary Willis, John Taylor, Tuck Andrews.
Cavalieri started to play as pro in different bands around Italy in
the middle nighties and in the meanwhile Phil has proven himself as a
full class player and composer.
In 2000, he started to play and compose with an independent label
called “ Stranisuoni” and worked in different projects with the
Italian pop singer Luca Bui, and bring his new tunes on national
After this experience of commercial music he turned back to jazz music
and started again a new season of studies that took him far from the
music for a full immersion research for a personal way of playing and
compose. He attended the classes of new generation Italian jazz player
like Paolo Ghetti, Fabio Petretti and graduated himself with a study
in John Scofield music.
The new way as independent artist started with the new composition
that reflects the interest of the outside playing of John Scofield and
the latest Wayne Krantz. The result it this new self release called “
The first third” that mix outside playing and a bit of psychedelic
(“never forget the Grateful Dead!” seems to read between the guitar
strings), where Phil played different instruments in every tracks,
with of course the guitar as main instrument; that will be sell soon
on Cdbacy jazz department.
He currently teaches at Ferrara Music school of Modern Music and he is
now writing his method of outside playing for fusion jazz guitarist, a
revolutionary way for students to study the pluralities of outside
playing with guitar.