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Wether is worldwide known for his 'Smooth jazz' songs, Paolo's particular style don't belongs to any precise style. He believe that a modern composer/musician can break musical styles, mixing together elements of one genre in another. His particular 'genre' is called Total Music, meaning a variety of different music styles mixed together. The amazing versatility of this eclectic composer is what attracted the attention of Superstars like Miles Davis & Carlos Santana, which Paolo produced for several songs, like 'Capri', 'Full Moon', 'Get On' to name some of them.
Paolo Rustichelli is a composer, piano & keyboards virtuoso, singer and producer that literally realizes his productions completely by himself. He is a real 'One Man Band' that impress audiences with his eclectic styles that makes him really unique.
His particular sound has become a trademark sound and source of trends and inspiration among artists worldwide.
He started his career at age 16 simultaneously as a soundtrack composer and as a rock keyboard player with the album "Opera Prima"on RCA Records, considered by critics a Rock progressive masterpiece, pioneering the use of the mono synth ARP 2600, Mellotron and Moog Synth.
"Chill out music"
In 2006 the song 'My Geisha' reached BILLBOARD Top10.
The single "Soul Italiano" (2011) has been at the Top Ten radio charts for seven weeks.
In February 2014 the single "Med Groove" went N.1 in the Smooth Jazz Charts, being also N.1 at Amazon Top Sellers for 3 months steadily, and then randomly until December 2014, making "Med Groove" one of the Smooth Jazz biggest hit of the year.
'Love Divine’ (The Smooth Jazz Mix) - a brief story of me and Miles
"I met Miles road manager Gordon Meltzer at Umbria Jazz in 89’, I prepared an audio cassette (at that time digital mp3 weren’t yet available) with some songs to be presented to Miles Davis. I had no expectations and not even hopes he would have listened to it.
A month after Miles was playing at Sferisterio theatre in Italy and at my surprise at the end of the gig I was invited by Meltzer to the backstage. Then I was introducted to Miles that was wrapped in only a towel, sweeting after the gig in the green room, and with a low tone raspy voice told me ’I like the tunes’.
That’s it, I was surprised and happy. Soon after we recorded in my studio in Roma, the day after Miles played at ‘Palazzo della Civilta’ all’EUR.
It was a long session starting from early afternoon until evening, In particular we recorded at lenght the song called ‘Capri’ but also Miles, to warm up, played on some other tracks I prepared among them ‘Love Divine’.
In addition to playing we had several breaks during the session, and with Miles we talked about many things.
Miles at that time was searching for new inspiration, checking different artists, included Prince, to name one, but was not really happy yet.
Especially Mhe expressed to me the feeling to find a composer that could write something less articulated, musically less complicated, something musically simplier and commercial (!) that could have be played by the radio stations. I told him that I would have try to do that for him.
After that session I went to US and met Miles, we continued our talk and I presented to him some remixes I made from the session, he liked them a lot, but at that time Warner Bros. didn’t give permission to use Miles performances.
He even asked me to make a soundtrack together for the movie ‘Dingo’ were he was playing a part. But Warner choose composer Michel Legrand.
Was only years after that I got permission from Miles lawyer and Warner to use Miles performances for other songs, included 'Love Divine'.
The inspiration for 'Love Divine' came also when Miles, unexpectedly, showed interest for ancient civilizations like the Etruscans and the Romans. I liked also a lot ancient art, especially marble statues and paintings.
He was a good painter in addition to be a stellar musician, and knowing my interest for painting and archeology, he showed to me one day I went to his beautiful villa on the sea at Point Dume LA a draft of a painting of the Goddess Venus he wanted to make. A painted version of the famous statue 'Venus of Milo'.
That particular episode gave to me the idea to write 'Love Divine' feat. Miles in a version dedicated to Goddess Venus which was mean to be the representation, among her several attributes, of beauty and divine love. That’s why this single is called ‘Love Divine’.
Unfortunately Miles pretty soon got sick and we were unable to keep working together, but with sample technology I was able to use recorded samples from the session in order to create a new track good for a radio airplay, in this case for smooth jazz, as were Miles wishes.
During my work on this track I felt Miles presence guiding me towards the arrangement of the song, and the choice of the samples I had.
Sometimes the software I used to create the song (Logic Pro X) freezes! I know then that was like a sign that Miles didn’t like what I was doing!
Also I enjoyed the help of Vince Wilburn jr. , Miles nephew and excellent musician too, and of Rhino Records which allowed me to release the song.
Hope people will enjoy it! For me working using Miles material it’s always an honor and a precious exciting thing, like if Miles still alive able to release new material!”
- Paolo Rustichelli, September 2023
QUOTES & REVIEWS:
- Carlos Santana, Billboard Interview
"Paolo Rustichelli is a chart-topper, pioneer of synth music and creator of chill out, electro Smooth Jazz!..."
- Sandy Shore, Smoothjazz.com
Paolo's last single 'Love Divine' (The Smooth Jazz Mix) feat. Miles Davis available now! You can preview the track in the player below.