Jazz bass player active in NY, since 1996. Gabriele has played with Ehud Asherie, Harry Allen, Jason Brown, Lawrence Leathers, Michael Kanan, Fukushi Tainaka, Steve Williams, Pete Van Nostrand, Grant Stewart, etc.
I have a new hero: the soft-spoken, modest (in temperament, not talent) string bassist Gabriele Donati. I’d seen his name in the best company — Greg Ruggiero, Harry Allen, and others — but never heard him in person. That omission I remedied last Thursday. He’s an acoustic player with a fine centered tone and lovely intonation — he hits the center of the note. His time is lovely; he isn’t too modern to walk the bass, and he quietly, consistently swings. When you don’t hear him, you feel him. -Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives