For people in America who don't know you can give us a brief background on yourself? I'm an electric and upright bass player. My father was a pianist and jazz music lover as were my brothers. My entire family started on piano. I changed over to bass when I was 15 years old.
Who have you played with? I have played with a lot of jazz players such as Dave Lieberman, Mulgrew Miller, George Coleman, and Carl Anderson. My first solo album in 2003, "3 From The Ghetto", was a jazz trio CD.
What are you doing now musically? I am playing (maybe too much) many projects with other people as a sideman. Finally for the first time my brothers and I have a CD coming out in the next few months. We played all the instruments! I have many other CD's coming but not under my name.
What about the future? I am thinking about my 2nd album. I think maybe it may be a solo bass CD with some overdubs and some drums, kind of like Django but with bass. It will have all styles of music on it, not just jazz because I love pop music too.
What is the state of music right now? In Italy it's one of the worse places because it's very impossible to find producers to do original music. I think it's the same all over the world right now. I hope in the future it will be possible to hear 'good' music on the radio and on television. On television you never see good music any more.
Why do you use R. Cocco Strings?
They are the best strings in the world. Not just for the sound and touch but also the because of the owner. He is an artist. He continues to evolve and improve the strings. It's never enough for Mr. Alphonso Annecchiarico. He never thinks about the price first. He thinks about making the best quality strings. That's a true Artist!