|Born||February 10, 1961|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, arranger, producer|
|Labels||EMI, Columbia, Blue Note, RCA|
Born in Berchidda, Sardinia, he picked up the trumpet at the age of 11, and played in the band Bernardo de Muro in his home town Berchidda. Fresu graduated from the Conservatory of Cagliari in 1984, in trumpet studies under Enzo Morandini, and attended the University of Bologna School of music and performing arts in Bologna.
Fresu composes music for theatre, poem, dance, radio, television, and film.
In 2007, he recorded and toured with Carla Bley's quartet, the Lost Chords.
Paolo Fresu has played with the following bands:
- Paolo Fresu Quintet and Sextet
- Paolo Fresu-Furio di Castri Duo
- The Open Trio (with Di Castri and John Taylor)
- P.A.F. (with Furio di Castri and Antonello Salis)
- Fresu-Di Castri-Balke-Favre
- Paolo Fresu Euro4th
- Paolo Fresu Angel Quartet (with Nguyên Lê, Furio di Castri, Roberto Gatto and Antonello Sallis)
- Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet
Paolo Fresu quintet and sextet
- 1985 – Ostinato – (Splasc(h))
- 1986 – Inner Voices feat. Dave Liebman – (Splasc(h))
- 1987 – Mamut – (Splasc(h))
- 1988 – Qvarto – (Splasc(h))
- 1989 – AA.VV. (Fresu 5th) – Top jazz from Italy (Yvp)
- 1990 – Live in Montpellier – (Splasc(h))
- 1991 – Ossi Di Seppia feat. Gianluigi Trovesi – (Splasc(h))
- 1992 – Ballads – (Splasc(h))
- 1992 – Linve in Lugano – (Blue Jazz)
- 1994 – Ensalda Mistica feat. G. Trovesi – (Splasc(h))
- 1994 – AA.VV. (Fresu 5th) – I Disertori (Columbia)
- 1995 – Night on the City – (OWL – EMI)
- 1995 – AA.VV. (Fresu 5th) – Onyx jazz Club 85–95 (Onyx)
- 1996 – AA.VV. (Fresu 6th) – Italian jazz today (MJDC)
- 1996 – P. Fresu 6th + Orchestra Utopia – 6 X 30 (Onyx)
- 1996 – AA.VV. (Fresu 5th) – Sempler, The Blue Note 1995 Labels (EMI / Blue Note)
- 1997 – Paolo Fresu 5th & Erwin Vann – Wanderlust (RCA/Victor BMG)
- 2001 – Melos
- 2002 – Kind of Porgy & Bess (RCA Victor/BMG)
- 2012 - 50 anni suonati, (Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso)
With Lars Danielsson
- Summerwind (ACT, 2018)
With Joe Barbieri
- Origami, (Microcosmo Dischi, 2017)
With Uri Caine
- Things (Blue Note, 2006)
- Two Minuettos (Tǔk Music, 2017)
With Daniele di Bonaventura
With A Filetta and Daniele di Bonaventura
- Mistico Mediterraneo, (ECM, 2011)
With Ralph Towner
- Chiaroscuro (ECM, 2008)
With Carla Bley
With Aldo Romano
- Ritual (Owl, 1988)
- Official biography
- Jazz Musiques Productions Paolo Fresu Retrieved August 29, 2019.
- Tommaso Starace Tommaso Starace Biography Retrieved August 29, 2019.
- Ken Bader (February 23, 2011). "Trumpet virtuoso Paolo Fresu". Public Radio International. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
- "Delhiites have a date with Italian jazz quintet". The Times of India. May 14, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2012.