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Joe Giardullo

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Joe Giardullo

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....
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”He consistently glistens” --All About Jazz

”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 Morocco

    Rogue Art
    2008
  • No Work Today: Nine for Steve Lacy

    Drimala Records
    2006
  • Weather

    Kedar Entertainment Group
    2004
  • Art Spirit

    Boxholder Records
    2003
  • Language Of Swans

    Drimala Records
    2003
  • Now Is

    Drimala Records
    2003
  • Shadow & Light

    Kedar Entertainment Group
    2002
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