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Bernardo Sassetti

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With his trio he represented Portugal in the 1st European Jazz Festival in Athens, 2001. He comes back this year, after 10 year.
Influenced by Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett (without the moans), even if his jazz piano teachers were Horace Parlan and Sir Roland Hanna, Bernardo Sassetti centered atentions since he was 18 years old, when playing with the Moreiras Jazztet and the quartet of saxophonist Carlos Martins.
He had classical formation and that shows in his compositions, the music he writes for cinema and some orchestral situations, for instance with the Hong-Kong and the London Philarmonic Orchestras (with pop singer Sting!), as a member of the Guy Barker Quintet, the same group that in 1995 was nominated for the Mercury Awards.
His gentle touch and flowing phrases deserved invitations by the likes of Andy Shepard, Art Farmer, Kenny Wheeler, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller and Eddie Henderson, among others, and his love for Latin rhythms made him play with Paquito D’Rivera and the Orquestra Cubana Sierra Maestra. Brasil, Africa and the Iberian Peninsula were also sources of inspiration for some of his records.
He dedicates most part of his time and skills composing film music, always with a jazz flavour — that’s the case of Anthony Minguella’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, with Matt Damon. “That increasingly limitless matter”, he says about music, “the true mirror of the things we imagine it to be”. Cinema soundtracks, for Sassetti, are becoming the way he transforms his imagination into music images.

Bernardo Sassetti Trio : May 25, 2011   -   11th   Eurojazz - European Jazz Festival in Athens Technopolis
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