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Pietropaoli has performed or recorded with, among others, Chet Baker, Lester Bowie, Woody Shaw, Kenny Wheeler, Franco Ambrosetti, Bob Berg, Johnny Griffin, Michael Brecker, Lee Konitz, Archie Shepp, Phil Woods, Curtis Fuller, Toots Thielemans, Richard Galliano, Gianni Coscia, John Taylor, Rita Marcotulli, Cedar Walton, John Abercrombie, John Scofield, Joe Pass, Pat Metheny, Ginger Baker, Han Bennink, Billy Cobham, Kenny Clarke, Maria Pia De Vito, Norma Wynstone, Gianmaria Testa.
In 1987 with the group Lingomania; in 1988 and 1989 with Enrico Pieranunzi Space Jazz Trio; and in 1999, 2001 and 2003 with Doctor 3 group (with pianist Danilo Rea and drummer Fabrizio Sferra) he won the award for Best Italian Group following a poll by Musica Jazz magazine.
In 1998 the CD The Tales of Doctor 3 and in 1999 the CD Shades of Chet, recorded as a project of trumpeters Enrico Rava and Paolo Fresu with drummer Roberto Gatto and renowned pianist Stefano Bollani, received the "Arrigo Polillo Prize" as the "Best Italian Record of the Year". In 1999 with Doctor 3, he won the award for "Best Italian Group" following a poll by Musica Jazz magazine.
Pietropaoli has toured internationally in Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Luxemburg, U.K., Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, Serbia, Canada, U.S.A, Brasil, Senegal, Israel, China, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia, Syria, and has made more than 70 recordings.
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