Joe Giardullo is Brooklyn-born, and raised on the South Shore of Long Island, New York. He grew up on R&B music, playing tenor sax in club and regional bands and moved north to the Woodstock area in the 1960's.
It was a rich environment for hearing and playing original music, and it was here that he got his first soprano saxophone. The local scene included great players like saxophonist Gene Dinwiddie (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), multi-instrumentalist Howard Johnson (Archie Shepp Band), and a whole segment of the original ESP Records lineup! Joe played all kinds of music -improvised, jazz, rock, blues, club date, weddings-you name it. But things grew stale and in 1977, he packed up and moved to Amsterdam, Holland....
Creativity fresh as a breaking wave --All About Jazz
Freely improvised music of the highest order. --Signal To Noise
Virtuosic technique and a soulful, life affirming spirit --EXCLAIM CANADA
Luminous --TOMAJAZZ, Spain
Pure joy! --PARIS TRANSATLANTIC 2005
Resplendent in its sheer beauty --TOUCHING EXTREMES, Rome
A combination of toughness and lyrical creativity --SIGNAL TO NOISE
Full of complex detail and abstract freedom --CADENCE
Luminescent crescents from his horn --THE WIRE, London
A heady mixture of outside & in, experimentation & tradition, technique & imagination --BBC, London
His signature- a tumbling, cascading torrent of sound --DOWNBEAT
Startlingly impressive --ALL MUSIC GUIDE
Brings to mind Albert Ayler at his most beatific --THE WIRE, London
His triumph is .... the way magicians tear paper into scraps then magically restore the whole sheet. --JAZZ WEEKLY
Red MoroccoRogue Art
No Work Today: Nine for Steve LacyDrimala Records
WeatherKedar Entertainment Group
Art SpiritBoxholder Records
Language Of SwansDrimala Records
Now IsDrimala Records
Shadow & LightKedar Entertainment Group
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