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Dominique di Piazza

Dominique di Piazza, who resides in France, is of Sicilian origin and was raised by his gypsy stepfather, a heritage that would influence his musicality in later years. He played both guitar and bass for a period of time, and after hearing the infamous Jaco Pastorius in 1979 decides to focus strictly on the bass, and not long after starts finding the unique voice he becomes very well known for.

Being a self taught musician, he immediately started developing his own style of playing, and by the early '80s had refined his signature right hand approach. It began by using the thumb, index, and middle finger instead of the traditional two finger approach, and that move gave birth to the four finger technique which is used as a secondary technique by many of the top players in the world. In addition to that, he also enhanced this technique by using a pedal steel guitar pick on his thumb and index finger, and carved out a unique and distinctive sound on the instrument. Beyond that, he also made a change over from a 4 string to a 5 string and introduced using a high C string as the 5th string instead of the low B, which was uncommon, and once again was embraced by many of the top players. On the Que Alegria album with John McLaughlin, which came out in 1992, the solo bass tune "Marie" would become one of the highlights of the recording, displaying his new "picking technique".

These subtle but imaginative changes to his approach on the instrument, would have a ripple effect in the bass community and would be adopted by numerous players both here in the states and in Europe, such as Matthew Garrison, Adam Nitti, and Hadrien Feraud to name just a few. He also came up with a design for a special bridge to be used on a fretted bass to emulate the sound of a fretless bass. This can be heard on the piece "Seven Up" from the album Wait and See recorded in 1993, which once again was another extraordinary performance by Dominique. Add to that a strong background in the be-bop genre, his gypsy musical heritage, a neo-classical approach to his playing, and a strong sense of harmony, and you have one of the most original voices on bass in modern music today.

His career started in 1982 at the Hot Club de Lyon in France playing with Michel Perez.

He became an established player on the Paris scene and toured as well with Didier Lockwood, Andre Ceccarelli and Gordon Beck.

In 1987 he does a European tour with Gil Evans and the Big Band Lumiere of Llaurent Cugny. He then recorded a trio album with Jean-Pierre Como and Stephane Huchard called Padre. Then in 1991, Dominique becomes a member of the John McLaughlin trio along with Trilok Gurtu. They do a worldwide tour of more than 300 concerts and record the Que Alegria album, which caught the ear of many well known bassists, and Dominique becomes an established player on the jazz scene.

John McLaughlin quotes, "His talent is immense, and I feel he is one of the most musical bass players in the world today".

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Andre Kunz, Dominique Di Piazza, Nicholas D'Amato and Akira Jimbo

Read "Andre Kunz, Dominique Di Piazza, Nicholas D'Amato and Akira Jimbo" reviewed by Len Davis

Music from the '90s and 2000s with Andre Kunz from Rejected, David Fiuczynski and Rufus Cappadocia from KIF, Dominique Di Piazza fromPrinces Sita. Also, On Impulse featuring French guitarist Marc Guillermont, Nicholas D'Amato with Wayne Krantz, Peter Erskine-Nguyen Le-Michel Benita from their album E_L_B. From Japan Side Steps and Akira Jimbo, and we finish with a bass solo from Tom Kennedy.Playlist Andre Kunz “Angry" from Rejected-Live (Self Produced) 00:00 David Fiuczynski-Rufus Cappadocia “Slap Bow" from KIF (Fuzilicious Morsels) ...

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Travel: Travel

Read "Travel" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Travel compiles a musical travelogue through eight cities from Istanbul (Turkey) through Oslo (Norway) to Tokyo (Japan), rendered in the acoustic quartet sound of trumpet, piano, bass, and percussion. Composers Marco Vezzoso and Alessandro Collina don't paint strikingly different portraits but reflect each geography through the same sort of quietly intense music, and tuck an almost unbelievable amount of beautiful sound into 41 minutes. Lead and solo voices Vezzoso (trumpet and flugelhorn) and Collina (piano) receive great assistance ...

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Dominique di Piazza: Princess Sita

Read "Princess Sita" reviewed by Phil DiPietro

With the release of this first “real" solo album, Dominique di Piazza crowns one of the most remarkable jazz comebacks in recent memory. Seventeen years ago di Piazza was tapped by guitarist John McLaughlin to take part in his still-evolving rotation of the world's greatest electric bassists. A year later, di Piazza's career path diverged completely, only to be revitalized in 2000 with the release of the Front Page (Emarcy/Universal) collaboration with guitarist Bireli Lagrene and drummer Dennis Chambers. Increased ...

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Dominique DiPiazza: Spiritual Hymns

Read "Spiritual Hymns" reviewed by Phil DiPietro

While the 43-year-old French bassist (and with this recording, guitarist!) Dominique DiPiazza can claim moderate name recognition in jazz circles and a bit higher notoriety in jazz-fusion circles; it's among the bassists of the world, some of them the world's foremost players, that his name is the stuff of legend. It's not just his ungodly (poor choice of adjectives-read on) chops and his short list of super-high-end musical associates that contribute to his folkloric nature, it's his bona fide status ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


ITI Records


The Sixth Sense

Self Produced


Echec Et Malt

Alien Beats Records


Princess Sita

Picanto records


Woman's Perfume

CAM Jazz



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