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Black Saint/Soul Note
Founded 1975
Founder Giacomo Pelliciotti
Distributing label North Country (In the US)
Genre Jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Free jazz
Country of origin Italy
Official Website

Black Saint/Soul Note is a pair of Italian jazz independent record labels. Black Saint was established in 1975 by Giacomo Pelliciotti and devoted to recording avant-garde musicians who might not have an opportunity elsewhere. In 1979, a sister label, Soul Note, was established as a home for artists who, while being no less creative, might be considered slightly closer to the mainstream. Giovanni Bonandrini, owner of Black Saint since 1977,[1] admits that the line between the two labels is somewhat nebulous.

The labels specialize in avant garde jazz stemming from the free jazz tradition. Its roster of artists includes many of the most illustrious jazz performers of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Several of the performers had been members of the Chicago-based music association Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and the St. Louis-based multidisciplinary arts collectives Black Artists Group and the Human Arts Ensemble.

The company is based in Tribiano, Italy. Many of the recordings were made in Milan, as the performers passed through the area on tour,[2] although many leading Italian musicians, such as Giorgio Gaslini, have also recorded for the label. Giovanni Bonandrini's son Flavio now runs the company, the elder Bonandrini having retired, and has supervised many recording sessions in New York.

Cam Jazz acquired the company in 2008.[3] Flavio Bonandrini retains a consultation role.



See also


  1. ^ Liner notes by Frank Tafuri, on "Black Saint/Soul Note: Critics' Pick Sampler" (Vol. 1) BS/SN-C001
  2. ^ Liner notes by Frank Tafuri, on "Black Saint/Soul Note: Critics' Pick Sampler" (Vol. 1) BS/SN-C001
  3. ^ Brian Morton "Far Cry", Point of Departure website, October 2008.
  4. ^ Allmusic entry

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