Danilo Rea

Pianist Danilo Rea, after graduating from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, formed the Rome Trio with Enzo Pietropaoli and Roberto Gatto in 1975.

The group quickly became a major player in Rome’s new jazz scene with concerts in the city’s main jazz clubs and the recording of a record with American trombonist Curtis Fuller.

In the early 1980s he joined Maurizio Giammarco’s quartet, with whom he recorded the album Precisione della Notte (1983), and collaborated with double bassist Giovanni Tommaso’s quintet on record works such as Via G. T (1986).

A year later the pianist took part in the Lingomania project, with which the leader, Maurizio Giammarco, approached fusion sounds.

Enzo Pietropaoli, Furio Di Castri, Flavio Boltro, Stefano Sabatini, Umberto Fiorentino, Roberto Gatto and Alberto D’Anna have played in the lineup. Lingomania records several records and holds numerous concerts in Italy and abroad.

In 1984, 1985 and 1987 the quintet was nominated as the “best group” in the Top Jazz referendum, held by Musica Jazz magazine.

Following the 1989 dissolution of the lineup, Danilo Rea launched a solo career, collaborating with Pietro Tonolo, Lee Konitz, Art Farmer, Chet Baker, Gato Barbieri, Michael Brecker, Bob Berg, Tony Oxley, John Scofield and several others.

In the second half of the 1990s, the Italian pianist formed the trio Doctor3 together with Enzo Pietropaoli and drummer Fabrizio Sferra.

The group stands out for the strong melodic-rhythmic interactivity among the three members based on their choice to perform Italian pop, rock, pop, and soul music in a jazz key.

In 1997, Doctor3 recorded its first album The Tales Of Doctor3, immediately receiving positive acclaim from the public and critics. The record work is awarded “best record” of the year in the Top Jazz referendum, held by Musica Jazz magazine.

The album The Songs Remains the Same, recorded two years later, also garners recognition from specialized critics.

In 2000 Danilo Rea recorded his first solo album entitled Lost in Europe, containing a selection of songs performed at a series of concerts held in Europe. This was followed in 2003 by a recording work devoted to the most important arias of the Italian opera repertoire.

Gifted with a marked propensity toward melodic urgency associated with a great capacity for improvisation borrowed from the classical school, but above all with an expressive and dynamic ductility that allows him to approach different styles and musical languages, Danilo Rea has collaborated during his career with prestigious exponents of Italian song: Mina, Gino Paoli, Claudio Baglioni and Pino Daniele.

Essential discography: Precision of the Night with Maurizio Giammarco’s quartet (1983 – Riviera Records), Reverberations with Lingomania (1986 – Gala Records), Curtis Fuller Meets Roma Jazz Trio (1987 – Timeless), Grr…Expanders with Lingomamia (1987 – Gala Records), Walking with Lingomania (1989 – Gala Records), The Tales of Doctor3 (1988 – Via Veneto Jazz), The Songs Remain the Same (1999 – Via Veneto Jazz), Lost in Europe (2000 – Via Veneto Jazz), Lirico (2003 – EGEA), Introverso (2008 – EmArcy, Universal Music Group)