Aldo Romano

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Aldo Romano (born on January 16, 1941, Belluno, Italy) is a jazz drummer. He also started a rock group in 1971.


He moved to France as a child and by the 1950s he was playing guitar and drums professionally in Paris, but his career gained notice when he started working with Don Cherry in 1963. He recorded with Steve Lacy and would go on to tour with Dexter Gordon among others. In the 1970s he moved into rock-influenced forms of jazz fusion and in 1978 made his first album as a leader. In the 1980s he returned to his earlier style for several albums. Although he has lived most of his life in France he has retained an affection for Italy and has set up a quartet of Italian jazz musicians. He also played a role in starting the career of French-born Italian-French pianist Michel Petrucciani. In 2004 he won the Jazzpar Prize.


As leader[edit]

  • Il Piacere, 1979
  • Alma Latina, 1983
  • Ten Tales, 1989
  • Corners, 1998
  • Carnet de Routes, 2000 (with Louis Sclavis and Henri Texier)
  • Intervista, 2001
  • Palatino, 2001
  • Chante, 2006 (with Carla Bruni)
  • Flower Power, 2007
  • Etat de fait, 2007
  • Just Jazz, 2008
  • Because of Bechet, 2009

As sideman[edit]

With Gordon Beck

With Don Cherry

  • Togetherness (Durium, 1965)

With Paolo Damiani

With Michel Grailler

  • Dream Drops (OWL, 1982)

With Philip Catherine Trio

  • Transparence (1986)

With Rolf Kühn and Joachim Kühn

With Steve Lacy

With Michel Petrucciani

  • Flash (Bingow Records, 1980)
  • Michel Petrucciani (Owl Records, 1981)
  • Estate (IRD, 1982)
  • Playground (Blue Note, 1991)

With Enrico Rava

With Steve Kuhn, Miroslav Vitous

  • Oceans In The Sky (Owl Records, 1990)

With Louis Sclavis, Henri Texier and Guy Le Querrec

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