Saturnino – Player Profile

Bio

Saturnino

 

I reckon this guy is one of the most underrated bass players of all time as well as having one of the coolest names. Italian born and bred he is quite famous in that part of the world. He plays bass for one of the biggest pop stars in Italy; Jovanotti, and he even has his own eyewear range. Living the dream! He is a fantastic composer and has recorded many albums.

Style

When playing for Jovanotti he plays the sideman role perfectly. Note how amazing his image and stage presence are - very important if you want to play live for big artists. He clearly loves what he does. He has an eclectic style borrowing from jazz, rock, funk, blues, dance and electronica. He is what I would call a very musical player and he can really do it all from playing in a pop/rock band setting to solo bass playing. He has an eclectic style borrowing from jazz, rock, funk, blues, dance and electronica.

Technique

Old school fingerstyle, slap and plectrum. He grew up playing the cello and has translated that technique to the bass. He has a very fluid, fast and accurate technique allowing him to dip in and out of any style effortlessly.

Bass Gear

He plays a variety of 4, 5 and 6 string fretted and fretless basses including Ken Smith, Warwick, Sadowsky and his custom Noah Guitars bass. He uses Aguilar amplification currently and Galli strings.

 

Extra

Solo Album

Testa Di Basso


This is my favourite solo bass album. There are plenty of bass moments and solos but it's really the quality of the writing that shines through and there's so much pure groove! I heard this album in the early 2000s and it continues to inspire me. He often sounds like a much older player on this album and you can really hear the old school funk and R n B influences.

 

Sideman

Jovanotti - Live 2184

 

Jovanotti Live 2184

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This guy has everything - chops, musicality, groove, style, taste, versatility, stage presence. When I listen to bass players I pay really close attention to the ones I'd like to emulate. With bass skills and such a great regular gig as he has, Saturnino is someone to pay close attention to.

Who are other bass players with a huge pop gig and a solo/jazz background? Comment below...

 

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  • you are really right, very famous here, almost unknown anywhere else, but he really is a good, talented musician, was not expecting to find a post about him here!

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