Bernardo Sassetti

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Bernardo Sassetti
Born(1970-06-24)24 June 1970
Lisbon, Portugal
Died10 May 2012(2012-05-10) (aged 41)
Guincho Cascais, Portugal
Occupation(s)Musician, film composer, music educator
Years active1980s–2012
LabelsClean Feed

Bernardo da Costa Sassetti Pais (24 June 1970[1] – 10 May 2012[2][3][4]) was a Portuguese jazz pianist and film composer.

Sassetti was born in Lisbon.[1] He was a great-grandson of Sidónio Pais, President of the First Republic. He initially played guitar, then began studying piano and music theory at age nine.[5] He became interested in jazz after hearing Bill Evans.[5] By the late 1980s, he was backing visiting musicians and teaching jazz piano in Lisbon (and, later, taught throughout other lusophonic areas).[5] During the 1990s, he worked in London, where he recorded three albums with Guy Barker's group.[5][6] Anthony Minghella invited them to appear as the Napoli Jazz Sextet in The Talented Mr. Ripley.[1]

His 2006 album Unreal: Sidewalk Cartoon received a four-star rating (of a possible four) in The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.),[6] and was selected for The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1000 Best Albums.[1]

In addition to his jazz work, Sassetti has composed numerous film scores.

Bernardo Sassetti was married to actress Beatriz Batarda, with whom he had two daughters.

He died on 10 May 2012 after falling off a cliff in Guincho[2][3][4] Cascais (Portugal), where he was shooting pictures for his next book.


  • Mundos (Universal Music Portugal, 1996)
  • Olhar with Carlos Barretto, Mario Barreiros, Perico Sambeat (Beat Up, 1999)
  • Specifics 45: Cuba Cuba with Guy Barker (Music House, 2000)
  • Salsetti (West Wind, 2000)
  • Nocturno (Clean Feed, 2002)
  • Mario Laginha Bernardo Sassetti (ONC Producoes Culturais, 2003)
  • Indigo (Clean Feed, 2004)
  • Alice (Trem Azul, 2005)
  • Unreal: Sidewalk Cartoon (Clean Feed, 2006)[7]
  • 3 Pianos with Mario Laginha, Pedro Burmester (Sony, 2007)
  • Duvida (Trem Azul, 2007)
  • Second Life (Original Soundtrack) (Utopia Musica, 2009)
  • Palace Ghosts and Drunken Hymns with Will Holshouser (Clean Feed, 2009)
  • Um Amor De Perdicao (Trem Azul, 2009)
  • Carlos Do Carmo Bernardo Sassetti (Universal Music Portugal, 2010)



  1. ^ a b c d Morton, Brian; Richard Cook (2010). The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1000 Best Albums. London: Penguin. pp. 698–699. ISBN 978-0-14-104831-4.
  2. ^ a b Morreu Bernardo Sassetti. Lisbon: Público (Portugal). 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-05-13.
  3. ^ a b Morreu o compositor e pianista Bernardo Sassetti. Lisbon: Diário de Notícias. 2012. Archived from the original on 2014-10-23.
  4. ^ a b Morreu Bernardo Sassetti. Lisbon: Expresso (Portuguese newspaper). 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d Priestley, Brian; Ian Carr; Digby Fairweather (2004). The Rough Guide to Jazz. London: Rough Guides. p. 698. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  6. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. pp. 1263–1264. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.
  7. ^ "Unreal: Sidewalk Cartoon". Clean Feed. Archived from the original on 2012-05-04. Retrieved 2011-11-12.

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