UPDATED: Rome, Italy / February 20, 2014
In anticipation of a June 2014 full CD release, Paolo Rustichelli has released his “Med Groove” single to the delight of radio. At the time of writing this updated press release, “Med Groove” has been #1 on the SmoothJazz.com indie chart for two weeks and is currently at #9 on the Mediabase smooth jazz chart. A seducing musical treat, Paolo uses edgy techniques, state of the art synthesizers, plug-ins and other magical effects to create his full band sound for “Med Groove.” A very open-minded and eclectic composer with a history rich in classical, jazz, smooth jazz, rock and movie music for songs and soundtracks, this one man band plays all the instruments on the songs by himself.
Proudly embracing the role of a renegade, Paolo believes firmly believes that a lot of the music today is watered down by corporate think. Because so many people are now involved in the process of making records, it is his belief that the artist loses ownership of the actual art. “This is not a real honest picture of the artist,” said Paolo. When you compose and perform all of the music as he does, fans are given the opportunity to understand and interpret the art in its truest form.
Based on a January 25, 2014 tweet by Denis Poole (SmoothJazzTherapy.com publisher) it would appear that Paolo is feeding a hungry audience. “Med Groove by Paolo Rustichelli really nails that sweet spot where smooth jazz meets chill in the most delightful of ways,” posted Denis via @poolejazz.
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Not being spotted by media and masses at the time, Paolo defined his style with the creative use of monophonic synthesizers like the ARP 2600, Minimoog, of the Hammond Novachord, the Hammond C3 organ, the Mellotron, and the first legendary sampler known as the Fairlight CMI. In the late 60s and early 70s, Paolo worked to influence the various sounds that would become the pop style that you hear in his music today. His 1995 release “Mystic Jazz” (AKA “Capri”) would be recognized many years later in a review of the “Soul Italiano” (2011) single by Denis Poole of Smooth Jazz Therapy as being “extremely influential in the evolution of progressive smooth jazz.”
Among his album projects, Paolo recorded, performed and produced for rock-jazz superstars like Carlos Santana and Miles Davis. In 1997, he released the album "Mystic Man" in the United States through Island Records, which featured the legendary Miles Davis, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Andy Summers and the disco diva Jill Jones.
Also in 1997, Gavin and Radio & Records (Billboard) reported the song "Paisa" from Paolo's album "Mystic Man" had reached the Top 10 on the U.S. NAC chart. In 2002, Paolo composed, arranged and produced the song "Kyrie" for Placido Domingo's “Sacred Songs” album for a 250-piece orchestra. (It was Paolo’s original recording of “Kyrie” for “Mystic Man” that featured the sounds of Miles Davis which originally caught the attention of Domingo.)
Paolo’s album "Neopagan" completely made with state-of-the-art plug-in technology, charted in the US Radio charts in 2006 with the song "My Geisha". The single "Soul Italiano" (2011) was on the top ten radio charts for several weeks.
As a movie score composer, Paolo has scored more than 100 movies for theatrical and TV releases.