Paolo Rustichelli

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Paolo Rustichelli
Born 1953
Genres Smooth jazz
Instruments Piano, Keyboards
Years active 1970s–present

Paolo Rustichelli is an American-Italian eclectic smooth jazz, rock-jazz, progressive-rock, Film score composer, pianist and producer, son of Oscar nominee Carlo Rustichelli .


Pioneering the use of the monophonic synthesizers like the ARP 2600 and Minimoog, of the Hammond Novachord, the Hammond C3 organ and the Mellotron, Paolo Rustichelli composed and produced various movie soundtracks and a Progressive rock album, Opera Prima, RCA 1973. Among many scores, made completely with synths, are included Top Box Office European movies like Amici Miei atto III and Testa o Croce.

His 1996 Mystic Man rock-jazz album featured Miles Davis, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Andy Summers, and Jill Jones, the song "Paisa" reaching the Top Ten on the Radio & Records Smooth Jazz/NAC charts.

The song "Full Moon" from Mystic Jazz was composed for Carlos Santana and became an evergreen in various Santana albums and collections, among them Multi-Dimensional Warrior 2009, Spirits Dancing in the Flesh, The Best of Santana.

Tenor Plácido Domingo sang Paolo Rustichelli's "Kyrie" on his 2002 album Sacred Songs" in 2002.

The song "My Geisha" from the album Neopagan reached the top ten on the Radio and Records Smooth Jazz/NAC charts of 2006 and 2007.

The Hit single "Med Groove" from the album "Soul Italiano" reached n.1 in chart, being also 'Smooth Jazz Best sellers' n. 1 for several weeks in January-February 2014.

Partial Discography[edit]

  • 1973 Opera Prima (RCA Italy)
  • 1991 Capri / Mystic Jazz (PolyGram)
  • 1996 Mystic Man (Island Records)
  • 2006 Neopagan (Next Age Music)

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