Monday, September 19, 2011

Remembering Nini Rosso

Raffaele Celeste Rosso was born on September 19, 1926 in San Michele Mondovi, Italy. At first a jazz performer with several bands and orchestras including Cynic Angelini. He decided to launch a solo career and signed a recording contract with Titanus and recorded on the Durium label. His first album The Ballad of the Trumpet found success when launched in 1961 and in 1963 he appeared on Piero Umiliani’s soundtrack for "L’amore difficile" in 1963 on the track "Love Lane 43". His big break came when he recorded "Il Silenzio" a version of TAPS. His version was recorded at a concert at Palaeur in Rome in front of a military audience and the reception was explosive. The recording sold 10 million copies and was most popular in Northern Europe and Japan where he made several tours. Rosso plays "Il Silenzio" in the Euro-western "A Fistful of Songs" (1966). He became a much requested soloist for composers especially during the Spaghetti western era. He appears as one of the battling trumpets on Morricone’s "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966) main theme as well as "Little Rita of the West" (1967) where he also appears as an actor serenading Django as he rides into town. Along with Michel Lacarenza, Rosso was considered one of the best trumpet players in all of Italy. He passed away from lung cancer on October 5, 1994 in Rome. Today we remember the legendary trumpet player Nini Rosso on what would have been his 85th birthday.

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