Pino Presti

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Pino Presti
Pino Presti
Pino Presti
Background information
Birth nameGiuseppe Prestipino Giarritta
Born(1943-08-23)23 August 1943
OriginMilan, Italy
GenresPop, jazz, funk, Latin music, dance
Occupation(s)conductor, arranger, Bassist, composer, record producer
Instrument(s)Bass guitar, Fender Rhodes, percussion
Years active1961–present
LabelsAtlantic, Durium, Saar, Polydor, Baby Records, Emergency, Belldisc, Edizioni Curci, Dischi Ricordi

Giuseppe Prestipino Giarritta (born 23 August 1943), professionally known by his pseudonym Pino Presti, is an Italian conductor, arranger, bassist, composer and record producer from Milan. He is a 5th-dan black belt in Shotokan Karate.[1]

Presti was very young when he first entered the music business. He started as a bass guitar player, and then gradually began as an arranger, composer, orchestra conductor, and producer. Among his collaborations in different genres of music like jazz, pop, funk, soul, and Latin music are Mina (the most famous Italian pop singer),[2] Gerry Mulligan, Ástor Piazzolla (with whom he has performed on 24 recordings as a sideman, including the well-known composition Libertango), Quincy Jones, Wilson Pickett, Shirley Bassey, Franco Cerri, Maynard Ferguson, Stéphane Grappelli, Severino Gazzelloni, Aldemaro Romero, and Tullio De Piscopo among others.

Early life[edit]

Son of an accomplished violinist, Arturo Prestipino Giarritta,[3] Presti began studying piano and music theory at the age of six. When he was 17, he started his career performing as a vocalist and bass guitarist in clubs as well as working in recording studios as an instrumentalist.

Although he had a contract with Durium of Milano as a singer, he decided to concentrate only on performing music. He recorded hundreds of songs with major Italian artists such as Mina, Giorgio Gaber, Ornella Vanoni, Gino Paoli, Bruno Lauzi, Fabrizio De André, Sergio Endrigo, Mia Martini, Franco Battiato, Adriano Celentano, Milva, Pino Donaggio, Gigliola Cinquetti, Caterina Caselli, Bobby Solo, Fausto Leali, Michele, Ivan Graziani, Loredana Bertè and many others.

Music career[edit]

Mina. From 1971 up until her last public appearances in 1978, Presti arranged and conducted 86 of her tracks.

After backing Mina as a bass guitarist in the studio and on tour for many years, Pino Presti arranged and conducted many of her songs. He also backed her as a singer, as in "Flamingo" and other tracks. From 1971 up until her last public appearances at Bussoladomani in 1978, Presti arranged and conducted 86 of Mina's tracks, including the hits "Grande grande grande", "E penso a te", "L'importante è finire", "E poi", "Città vuota", "La pioggia di marzo", "Fiume azzurro", "Domenica sera" and others, and albums such as Mina, Cinquemilaquarantatre, Frutta e verdura, Amanti di valore, Baby Gate, La Mina, Singolare, Mina con bignè, Mina Live '78.

Presti composed four songs for Mina: "Tentiamo ancora", for the album Frutta e verdura (1973), "L'amore è un'altra cosa", for Mina® (1974), "Amante amore", for Mina con bignè (1977), and "Bignè", for Ridi pagliaccio (1988).

On Mina's come-back at the Bussoladomani theatre in Viareggio on 24 June 1978, Nantas Salvataggio wrote an enthusiastic review of the event in the Il Giorno newspaper: « Mina was accompanied by an orchestra as that of a grand Las Vegas show.[4]

The Italian press, as well as others, described the concert as a "triumph" and underlined the contribution of the backing orchestra (14 members and the chorus), directed by Presti.[5][6][7]

Pino Presti with Wilson Pickett

Between the 1970s and 1980s, he collaborated on recordings and or concerts with prominent personalities of the international music scene such as Wilson Pickett, Shirley Bassey, Quincy Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Ástor Piazzolla, Maynard Ferguson, Severino Gazzelloni, Franco Cerri, Shirley Bunnie Foy, Stéphane Grappelli, Aldemaro Romero, Tullio De Piscopo, Gianni Bedori, Eartha Kitt, Brian Auger, Lara Saint Paul, Bruno De Filippi, George Aghedo, Augusto Martelli, Enrico Intra, Ellade Bandini, Angel Pocho Gatti, Caterina Valente, Bill Conti, Hugo Heredia, and Maurice Vander.[8][9][10][11] [12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21]

During the flight to Italy Wilson Pickett's bassist had been blocked at London airport and during the troublesome search for a substitute once he arrived in Sanremo, Pickett listened to me while I was playing with Brenton Wood; he blocked everyone and decided that I would be the bass player for him during the performance of the song "Un' Avventura", in competition at the Sanremo Music Festival. After the Festival, Wilson Pickett and the whole band also wanted me for the following European tour. – Pino Presti, during the Rai Tv show "Auditorio A" [22]

He is listed under his real name, Giuseppe Prestipino, on the record Libertango with Ástor Piazzolla and in Summit by Ástor Piazzolla and Gerry Mulligan. He is listed under the name Giuseppe "Pino" Prestipino Giarritta on the records La Onda Máxima and Onda Nueva Instrumental by the Venezuelan pianist, composer, arranger Aldemaro Romero.

In April 1975 during the European tour with Mulligan and Piazzolla,[23] he also played at the Olympia Theatre in Paris and at the World Music Festival in Palma, Majorca. The combo was composed by Gerry Mulligan (saxophone baritone), Ástor Piazzolla (bandoneón), Tom Fay (piano), Pino Presti (electric bass), Tullio De Piscopo (drums), Waldo de los Rios (organ), Sergio Farina (electric guitar). One set was for Gerry Mulligan, the second was dedicated to Ástor Piazzolla and the last one was the reunion of Astor and Gerry and the songs of this last set were those that had been issued on the LP Summit-Reunion Cumbre.

1st Round

In 1976 he created and produced for Atlantic Records the first dance-funk album in Italy: 1st round with hit songs such as Smile, Funky Bump, L'estate di Laura, Sunny.[24]

In 1977 he signed a contract with RAI2 as arranger, conductor and composer of original music for the noted TV show, Auditorio A, directed by Stefano De Stefani. On that occasion, he was the conductor of a big band composed of 56 musicians with star names like: Gino Paoli, Sergio Endrigo, Milva, Pino Daniele, Maynard Ferguson, Angelo Branduardi, Rino Gaetano, Fausto Leali, Giorgio Baiocco, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso.[25] Other top shows were: C'era due volte, directed by Enzo Trapani (1980) and Il cappello sulle ventitré, directed by Fernanda Turvani (1983). [26] [27]

Besides composing music for TV series since the 1980s,[3] Pino Presti has been creating and producing albums under various pseudonyms for renowned labels such as Polydor, Baby Records, Barclay, Edizioni Curci, Durium, Dischi Ricordi, Joker, as well as independent ones: Emergency Records, Soul Xpression, Level One, Self.

He has been living in France since 2004 and in 2009 created and produced the album, A La Costa Sud with 28 vocalists and/or instrumentalists who are from various continents and nations but who regularly perform in theatres and clubs in the French Riviera.[28]

Pino Presti, August 2021

In 2011, he composed a five-hour soundtrack comprising music of different genres for Grand Heritage Hotel Group (and for its related media). These genres range from classic jazz, to nu jazz, bossanova, world music, and ambient music.

In 2013 Presti co-produced the tribute album Shirley Bunnie Foy, consisting of seventeen tracks performed by jazz vocalist Shirley Bunnie Foy in her 60 years career. The album includes such noted artists as The Dell-Tones, Tony Scott, Archie Shepp, Franco Cerri, Lou Bennett, among others.

In 2014 Presti composed, co-produced and released, under the pseudonym Mad of Jazz, the album Deep Colors, with the collaboration of keyboardists, synth programmers and composers Claudio and Andrea Calzolari.

In 2016 he composed the music for the 2016 advertising campaign of Scavolini, an Italian kitchen and bathroom products designer and manufacturer.[29]

In 2019 he composed the music for the book (+Audio cd) "Eco nel vento", by Italian poet Tania Cantone. ISBN 978-88-94866-19-3[30]

In May 2023, the vinyl album Pino Presti & Garden Planet - Sharade was released, also digitally uploaded on the main Streaming platforms.[31][32]

Martial arts[edit]

Presti trained in Shotokan karate and Goshindo under master Hiroshi Shirai from 1967 to 1985. He has also trained on several occasions under other Japanese masters such as Taiji Kase, Hidetaka Nishiyama, Keinosuke Enoeda, Takeshi Naito, Hideo Ochi. He holds a 5th degree black belt obtained in Rome, in 1987.[1]

TV shows[edit]

With Maynard Ferguson on Italian TV show "Auditorio A" (Rai-2, 1977)

Discography (selected)[edit]


  • 1st roundAtlantic Records (1976)
  • On The Lifeline – LCS (1985)
  • Maja Andina – Saar Records (1990)
  • A La Costa Sud – Edizioni Curci (2009)
  • Café Ipanema 2011 – Rambling Records (2011)
  • Shirley Bunnie Foy – MAP Golden Jazz (2013)
  • Deep Colors – MAP/ Paper Moon (2014)
  • Pino Presti & Garden Planet - Sharade – Private Recordings / Best Record Italy (2023) Juno


Pino Presti live with his 1971 FJB
  • "Rimani ancora/Oh! Jenny" – Durium (1964)
  • "In un posto fuori dal mondo/Messaggio d'amore" – Belldisc (1969)
  • "Karin/No sabe" – Dischi Ricordi (1970)
  • "Smile/L'estate di Laura" – Atlantic Records (1975)
  • "Funky Bump/ Buenos Ayres" – Atlantic Records (1976)
  • "Shitân Disco Shitân" – Barclay (1977)
  • "Sundown" – Durium (1978)
  • "You Know The Way part I/You Know The Way part II" – Baby Records (1979)
  • "You Know The Way" – Vinyl 12" 33 ⅓ RPM – Emergency Records (1980)
  • "Money (That What I Want)" – Vinyl 12" 33 ⅓ RPM – Baby Records (1980)
  • "To Miami/Mama's Away" – Cetra Records (1980)
  • "Dancing Nights/And I Love Her" – Polydor Records (1983)
  • "Ya No Puedo Vivir (The Bush Remixes)" – Vinyl 12" 33 ⅓ RPM – Blow Up Disco (1991)
  • "Once Again Now" – Vinyl 12" 33 ⅓ RPM – Soul Xpression (1992)
  • "Divine" – Vinyl 12" 33 ⅓ RPM – Level One (2001)
  • "Feel Like a Woman" – CD Single – Self (2005)
  • "Jazz Carnival" – CD Single – Map (2015)
  • "Funky Bump" (Unreleased Original Extended Version)/"Funky Bump" (Original 7" Version) – Best Record Italy (2015)
  • "Disco Shitân" (Long version) – Best Record Italy (2015)
  • "You Know The Way" (Disco Version by Tee Scott) – Best Record Italy (2016)
  • "To Africa / Soul Makossa" (EP) – Best Record Italy (2017)
  • "Pino Presti Featuring Roxy Robinson: You know Why" (EP) – Best Record Italy (2018)
  • "Lookin’For" (Digital version) – Edizioni Curci (2018)
  • "Stefano Ritteri feat. Pino Presti: Come Back To Me" (EP) – Spaziale Recordings (2020)

As performer, arranger, conductor on other artists' albums[edit]

Bassist, arranger, bandleader on the occasion of Mina's last public performances during summer 1978. The album Mina Live '78 captured the last public appearance made by the singer.
  • Mina – Artist: MinaPDU (1971)
  • Cinquemilaquarantatre – Artist: Mina – PDU (1972)
  • Altro – Artist: Mina – PDU (1972)
  • Del mio meglio n. 2 – Artist: Mina – PDU (1973)
  • Frutta e verdura – Artist: Mina- PDU (1973)
  • Amanti di valore – Artist: Mina – PDU (1973)
  • Mina – Artist: Mina – PDU (1974)
  • Baby Gate – Artist: Mina – PDU (1974)
  • Aulehla & Zappa – Artist: Aulehla & Zappa – PDU (1974)
  • Del mio meglio n. 3 – Artist: Mina – PDU (1975)
  • La Mina – Artist: Mina – PDU (1975)
  • Singolare – Artist: Mina – PDU (1976)
  • Del mio meglio n. 4 – Artist: Mina – PDU (1977)
  • Mina con Bignè – Artist: Mina – PDU (1977)
  • Minantologia – Artist: Mina – PDU (1977)
  • You Know Why – Artist: Roxy Robinson – OUT (1977)
  • Di tanto in tanto – Artist: Mina – PDU (1978)
  • Mina Live '78 – Artist: Mina – PDU (1978)
  • In Due – Artist: Wess and Dori GhezziDurium (1979)
  • Filipponio – Artist: FilipponioCetra Records (1980)
  • Del mio meglio n. 6 Live – Artist: Mina – PDU (1981)
  • Il Flauto d'oro – Artist: Severino Gazzelloni – PDU (1983)
  • All'arrembaggio – Artist: Filipponio – Spice7 (1984)
  • Del mio meglio n. 8 – Artist: Mina – PDU (1985)
  • Del mio meglio n. 9 – Artist: Mina – PDU (1987)
  • Oggi ti amo di più – Artist: Mina – PDU (1988)
  • Ridi pagliaccio – Artist: Mina – PDU (1988)
  • Mazzini canta Battisti – Artist: Mina – PDU (1994)
  • Mina Studio Collection – Artist: Mina – PDU (1998)
  • Mina Love Collection – Artist: Mina – PDU (2000)
  • Colección Latina – Artist: Mina – PDU (2001)
  • The Platinum Collection – Artist: Mina – PDU (2004)
  • Platinum Collection 2 – Artist: Mina – PDU (2006)
  • The Best of Platinum Collection – Artist: Mina – EMI Records (2007)
  • Je suis Mina – Artist: Mina – EMI Records (2011)
  • Yo soy Mina – Artist: Mina – EMI Records (2011)
  • I am Mina – Artist: Mina – EMI Records (2011)
  • The Collection 3.0 – Artist: Mina – Warner Music (2015)
  • Tutte le migliori – Artist: Mina – Clan/PDU (2017)
  • Paradiso (Lucio Battisti Songbook) – Artist: Mina – PDU (2018)
  • Mina Live alla Bussola 1968-1978 – Artist: Mina – Warner Music (2024)

As performer[edit]

Pino Presti with Gerry Mulligan and Ástor Piazzolla at the Summit recording, 1974

As performer, arranger, conductor on other artists' singles[edit]

Pino Presti, Positano 1994 Photograph by Karin Hemp

As performer[edit]

Shirley Bassey (1971)
From 1968 to 1970 Presti performed with Shirley Bassey on eight singles and on the album This Is My Life

Only collaborations for international projects[edit]

  • "Cara Fatina/Lettera a Pinocchio" – Artist: Tony Renis, arranger-conductor Quincy JonesPhilips Records (1964)
  • "Che vale per me/Eccomi" – Artist: Eartha KittRCA (1968)
  • "La vita/Without A Word" – Artist: Shirley BasseyUnited Artists (1968)
  • "Domani domani/Pronto sono io" – Artist: Shirley Bassey – United Artists (1968)
  • "Yes/To Give" – Artist: Shirley Bassey – United Artists (1968)
  • "E' giorno/If You Go Away" – Artist: Shirley Bassey – United Artists (1968)
  • "Chi si vuole bene come noi/Epirops" – Artist: Shirley Bassey – United Artists (1968)
  • "Com'è piccolo il mondo/Manchi solo tu" – Artist: Shirley Bassey – United Artists (1968)
  • "Concerto d'autunno/You Are My Way Of Life" – Artist: Shirley Bassey – United Artists (1969)
  • "Ora che sei qui/Something" – Artist: Shirley Bassey – United Artists (1970)
  • "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" – Artist: Patrick Samson – Carosello Records (1970)
  • "Non preoccuparti/Adesso ricomincerei" – Artist: Lara Saint Paul, arranger-conductor Quincy JonesPolydor (1973)
  • "Cara Fatina" (re-edit) -Tony Renis / Quincy Jones – His Master's Voice (1983)

Music Video[edit]

In December 2023, is published on YouTube the music video "Pino Presti - Incontri di valore" (1:30 length) containing, in addition to some compositions performed by Presti himself, several of his collaborations made over the years with notable artists such as Mina, Astor Piazzolla, Gerry Mulligan Shirley Bassey, Franco Cerri, Aldemaro Romero, Enrico Intra, Augusto Martelli, Roxy Robinson + the bonus track "Nessuno mi può giudicare" sung by Caterina Caselli. [35] The video, although not made for commercial purposes, attracted the interest of the online music daily Rockol, which included it with a feature article among its news of the week. [36]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ a b Autori Vari (a cura di Gino Castaldo), Dizionario della canzone italiana, ed. Curcio, 1990; alla voce Presti Pino, di Dario Salvatori, pag. 1391
  4. ^ OZ design. "il sito ufficiale di Mina". Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  5. ^ Maurizio Chierici, Quando Mina voleva dire seduzione, pubblicato sul Corriere della sera del 26 giugno 1978
  6. ^ Natalia Aspesi, Ecco Mina più grassa più bella e più brava, pubblicato su Repubblica del 4 luglio 1978
  7. ^ Roberto Gelmini, Settemila in delirio per Mina, pubblicato su Il Giornale nuovo dell'11 luglio 1978
  8. ^ "discografia 4". Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Radio 3 Programmes – Composer of the Week, Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992), Episode 4". BBC. 9 April 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Reunion Cumbre (Summit)". Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on April 22, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ [1] [dead link]
  13. ^ "Gerry Mulligan Recordings (Craig Hanley) – Summit With Ástor Piazzolla". Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  14. ^ Aldo Dalla Vecchia, Mina live! 23 agosto 1978, pubblicato su Sorrisi e Canzoni del 25 agosto 2003
  15. ^ Vittorio Franchini, Stéphane Grappelli, a Milano mostro sacro del Jazz, pubblicato su Corriere della Sera del 27 aprile 1973
  16. ^ "Gerry Mulligan Recordings (Craig Hanley) – GM Meets Enrico Intra". Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  17. ^ "Gerry Mulligan by Craig Hanley – Musicians L to R". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  18. ^ "Franco Cerri". Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  19. ^ Wi. "Worldpress International24: PINO PRESTI E I SUOI DIECI ANNI CON MINA-LA PRIMA PAGINA- INTERVISTA DI ANTONELLA BERTI". Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  20. ^ "Instrumental" (in Spanish). Venciclopedia. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  21. ^ "Severino Gazzelloni – Il Flauto D'Oro Di Severino Gazzelloni "In Pop" (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". 1983. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  22. ^ "AuditorioA". Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  23. ^ "Gerry Mulligan by Craig Hanley – Dugelay's Newsletter (September 2002)". Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  24. ^ "search Pino Presti". Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  25. ^ "serch Auditorio A 1977". Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  26. ^ "search C'era due volte1980". Archived from the original on March 6, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  27. ^ "search Il Cappello sulle 231983". Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  28. ^ "A la Costa Sud". A la Costa Sud. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  29. ^ "Scavolini: parte oggi la campagna con Cracco testimonial · Advertiser Communication Strategies". Advertiser Communication Strategies. 14 January 2016.
  30. ^ "Audio cd - Book Eco nel vento by Tania Cantone. Music composed by Pino Presti". June 2023.
  31. ^ "Pino Presti". Retrieved 12 May 2023.
  32. ^ "Pino Presti & Garden Planet - Sharade". Retrieved 12 May 2023.
  33. ^ "1977 Tour Dates (July) extract from the Maynard Ferguson personal calendar".
  34. ^ "C'era due volte". Rai Play.
  35. ^ "Pino Presti - Incontri di valore". YouTube. Retrieved 31 December 2023.
  36. ^ "Pino Presti e i suoi "incontri di valore"". Retrieved 31 December 2023.


  • Mina, storia di un Mito raccontato, by Nino Romano, Rusconi pub., ISBN 978-8818120448, 1986
  • Autori Vari (a cura di Gino Castaldo), Dizionario della canzone italiana, Curcio pub., 1990
  • Mina, Mito e Mistero, by Nino Romano, Sperling & Kupfer pub., ISBN 88-200-2298-2, 1996
  • Mina, i mille volti di una voce, by Romy Padoano, Arnoldo Mondadori pub., ISBN 978-8804447726, 1998
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  • The Jazz Discography, by Tom Lord, The Thomas Lord pub., 2009 (Musician list)
  • The Gerry Mulligan Collection, by Craig Hanley, Barnes & Noble pub.
  • Knight Library's Jazz Collection, by Douglas Room, UO Libraries pub., 2009
  • 1000 concerti che ci hanno cambiato la vita, by Ezio Guaitamacchi, Rizzoli pub., ISBN 978-8817042222, 2010
  • Franco Califano. Non escludo il ritorno, by Salvatore Coccoluto, Imprimatur pub. - Interview with Pino Presti ISBN 978-88-6830-181-1, 2014
  • Astor Piazzolla, by María Susana Azzi, Editorial El Ateneo pub., ISBN 978-950-02-0953-3, 2018
  • La Storia dalla Disco Music, by Andrea Angeli Bufalini / Giovanni Savastano, Hoepli pub., ISBN 978-8820382681, 2019
  • Mina, Una Voce Universale, by Luca Cerchiari, Mondadori, ISBN 978-8804724599, 2020
  • Night fever: Les 100 hits qui ont fait le disco, by Belkacem Meziane, Le Mot et le reste pub., ISBN 9782361392215, 2020
  • Astor Piazzolla - Una vita per la musica, by Maria Susana Azzi, Sillabe pub., ISBN 9788833402260, 2021
  • Tecnica e linguaggio del bassista - Il basso elettrico e i bassisti, by Paolo Costa, Lorenzo Poli, Attilio Zanchi; Dantone Music pub., ISBN 978-8863888331, 2021

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