Pino Presti

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Pino Presti performing at Mina's last live concert on August 23, 1978

Pino Presti (pseudonym of Giuseppe Prestipino Giarritta; born August 23, 1943) is an Italian bass player, arranger, composer, conductor, record producer, born in Milan. He is a 5th-dan black belt in Shotokan Karate.[1]

Presti, son of an accomplished violinist, Arturo Prestipino Giarritta,[2] has been studying music since the age of 6. He was seventeen years old when he first entered the music business. Presti started as a bass guitar player, than gradually began an arranger, a composer, an orchestra conductor and a producer. Among his collaborations in different genres of music like jazz, pop, funk, soul, we can find great names such as: Mina (the most famous Italian pop singer), Gerry Mulligan, Ástor Piazzolla, Quincy Jones, Wilson Pickett, Shirley Bassey, Maynard Ferguson, Franco Cerri, Stéphane Grappelli, Aldemaro Romero and many others. He is considered one of the most important Italian arrangers/conductors. [3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17]

Discography (selected)[change | edit source]

Albums[change | edit source]

  • 1st Round - Atlantic Records (1976)
    1st Round - Cover image (Album realized and produced for Atlantic Records)
  • Maja Andina - Saar Records (1990)
  • A La Costa Sud - Edizioni Curci (2009)
  • Café Ipanema 2011 - Rambling Records (2011)
  • Shirley Bunnie Foy (60th Anniversary) - MAP Golden Jazz (2013)
  • Deep Colors - MAP/ Paper Moon (2014)

Singles[change | edit source]

  • "Rimani ancora/Oh! Jenny" - Durium (1964)
  • "In un posto fuori dal mondo/Messaggio d'amore" - Belldisc (1969)
  • "Karin/No sabe" - Dischi Ricordi (1970)
  • "Smile/L'estate di Laura" - Atlantic Records (1975)
  • "Funky Bump/C.so Buenos Ayres" - Atlantic Records (1976)
  • "Shitân Disco Shitân" - Barclay (1977)
  • "Sundown" - Durium (1978)
  • "You Know The Way part I/You Know The Way part II" - Baby Records (1979)
  • "You Know The Way" - Vinyl 12" 33 ⅓ RPM - Emergency Records (1980)
  • "Money (That What I Want)" - Vinyl 12" 33 ⅓ RPM - Baby Records (1980)
  • "To Miami/Mama's Away" - Cetra Records (1980)
  • "Dancing Nights/And I Love Her" - Polydor Records (1983)
  • "Ya No Puedo Vivir (The Bush Remixes)" - Vinyl 12" 33 ⅓ RPM - Blow Up Disco (1991)
  • "Once Again Now" - Vinyl 12" 33 ⅓ RPM - Soul Xpression (1992)
  • "Divine" - Vinyl 12" 33 ⅓ RPM - Level One (2001)
  • "Feel Like a Woman" - CD Single - Self (2005)

As performer, arranger, conductor on other artists' albums[change | edit source]

Pino Presti in 2007
  • Mina - Artist: Mina - PDU (1971)
  • Cinquemilaquarantatre - Artist: Mina - PDU (1972)
  • Altro - Artist: Mina - PDU (1972)
  • Del mio meglio n. 2 - Artist: Mina - PDU (1973)
  • Frutta e verdura - Artist: Mina- PDU (1973)
  • Amanti di valore - Artist: Mina - PDU (1973)
  • Mina (1974 album) - Artist: Mina - PDU (1974)
  • Baby Gate (album) - Artist: Mina - PDU (1974)
  • Aulehla & Zappa - Artist: Aulehla & Zappa - PDU (1974)
  • Del mio meglio n. 3 - Artist: Mina - PDU (1975)
  • La Mina - Artist: Mina - PDU (1975)
  • Singolare - Artist: Mina - PDU (1976)
  • Del mio meglio n. 4 - Artist: Mina - PDU (1977)
  • Mina con Bignè - Artist: Mina - PDU (1977)
  • Minantologia - Artist: Mina - PDU (1977)
  • You Know Why - Artist: Roxy Robinson - OUT (1977)
  • Di tanto in tanto - Artist: Mina - PDU (1978)
  • Mina Live '78 - Artist: Mina - PDU (1978)
  • In Due - Artist: Wess and Dori Ghezzi - Durium (1979)
  • Filipponio - Artist: Filipponio - Cetra Records (1980)
  • Del mio meglio n. 6 Live - Artist: Mina - PDU (1981)
  • Il Flauto d' oro - Artist: Severino Gazzelloni - PDU (1983)
  • All'arrembaggio - Artist: Filipponio - Spice7 (1984)
  • Del mio meglio n. 8 - Artist: Mina - PDU (1985)
  • Del mio meglio n. 9 - Artist: Mina - PDU (1987)
  • Oggi ti amo di più - Artist: Mina - PDU (1988)
  • Ridi pagliaccio - Artist: Mina - PDU (1988)
  • Mazzini canta Battisti - Artist: Mina - PDU (1994)
  • Mina Studio Collection - Artist: Mina - PDU (1998)
  • Mina Love Collection - Artist: Mina - PDU (2000)
  • Colección Latina - Artist: Mina - PDU (2001)
  • The Platinum Collection - Artist: Mina - PDU (2004)
  • Platinum Collection 2 - Artist: Mina - PDU (2006)
  • The Best of Platinum Collection - Artist: Mina - EMI Records (20O7)
  • Je suis Mina - Artist: Mina - EMI Records (2011)
  • Yo soy Mina - Artist: Mina - EMI Records (2011)
  • I am Mina - Artist: Mina - EMI Records (2011)

As performer[change | edit source]

As performer, arranger, conductor on other artists' singles[change | edit source]

  • "Grande grande grande" - Artist: Mina - PDU (1971)
  • "Domenica sera" - Artist: Mina - PDU (1973)
  • "E poi" - Artist: Mina - PDU (1973)
  • "Lamento d'amore" - Artist: Mina - PDU (1973)
  • "La scala buia" - Artist: Mina - PDU (1974)
  • "L'importante è finire" - Artist: Mina - PDU (1975)
  • "Nuda" - Artist: Mina - PDU (1976)
  • "Città Vuota (It's a Lonely Town)" - Artist: Mina - PDU (1978)
  • "Dentro" - Artist: Beba Loncar - CBS Records (1978)
  • "Momento" - Artist: Wess & Dori Ghezzi - Durium (1979)
  • "Pazzo non amore mio/L'Unica" - Artist: Filipponio - Cetra Records (1979)
  • "Regina del futuro/Noia" - Artist: Marisa Sacchetto - F1 Team (1981)
  • "Quale appuntamento" - Artist: Eleonora Giorgi - Dischi Ricordi (1981)

As performer[change | edit source]

  • "Che vale per me/Eccomi" - Artist: Eartha Kitt - RCA (1968)
  • "La vita/Without A Word" - Artist: Shirley Bassey - United Artists (1968)
  • "Domani domani/Pronto sono io" - Artist: Shirley Bassey - United Artists (1968)
  • "Yes/To Give" - Artist: Shirley Bassey - United Artists (1968)
  • "E' giorno/If You Go Away" - Artist: Shirley Bassey - United Artists (1968)
  • "Chi si vuole bene come noi/Epirops" - Artist: Shirley Bassey - United Artists (1968)
  • "Com'è piccolo il mondo/Manchi solo tu" - Artist: Shirley Bassey - United Artists (1968)
  • "Concerto d'autunno/You Are My Way Of Life" - Artist: Shirley Bassey - United Artists (1969)
  • "Ora che sei qui/Something" - Artist: Shirley Bassey - United Artists (1970)
  • "Non preoccuparti/Adesso ricomincerei" - Artist: Lara Saint Paul, arranger-conductor Quincy Jones - Polydor (1973)
  • "Cara Fatina/Lettera a Pinocchio" - Artist: Tony Renis, arranger-conductor Quincy Jones - ref : CDI (2001)

TV Shows[change | edit source]

  • 1964 : Questo & Quello (Rai Uno) - Bassist, Singer (Hosted by Giorgio Gaber)
  • 1965/1966 : Le Nostre Serate (Rai Due) - Bassist, Singer (Hosted by Giorgio Gaber)
  • 1969 : Sanremo Festival (Rai Uno) - Bassist with Wilson Pickett
  • 1977 : Auditorio A (Rai Due) - Composer, Arranger, Conductor (Guest appearance by Maynard Ferguson)
  • 1980 : C'era due volte (Rai Due) - Composer, Arranger, Conductor (Guest appearances by Peter Tosh)[18]
  • 1983 : Il Cappello sulle ventitré (Rai Due) - Composer, Arranger, Conductor (Hosted by Gino Paoli)

Martial Arts[change | edit source]

Presti has trained in Shotokan karate and Goshindo under master Hiroshi Shirai from 1967 to 1985. He has also trainded on several occasions under other famous Japanese masters such as Taiji Kase, Hidetaka Nishiyama, Keinosuke Enoeda, Takeshi Naito, Hideo Ochi. Presti holds a fifth degree black belt obtained n Rome, in 1987.

References[change | edit source]

Bibliography[change | edit source]

  • Mina, storia di un Mito raccontato, di Nino Romano, Rusconi pub., 1986
  • Autori Vari (a cura di Gino Castaldo), Dizionario della canzone italiana, Curcio pub., 1990
  • Mina, Mito e Mistero, di Nino Romano, Sperling & Kupfer pub., 1996
  • Mina, i mille volti di una voce, di Romy Padoano, Arnoldo Mondadori pub., 1998
  • Divina Mina, di Dora Giannetti, Zelig pub., 1998
  • The Jazz Discography, by Tom Lord), The Thomas Lord pub., 2009 (Musician list)
  • The Gerry Mulligan Collection, by Craig Hanley, Barnes & Noble pub.
  • Knight Library's Jazz Collection, by Douglas Room, UO Libraries pub. 2009