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Antonello Vannucchi
Antonello (* 1936 in Lucca) was a pianist, organist, composer and vibraphone player. Antonello as a child followed a life dedicated to high-level music.
In the 60s he formed the famous quintet, later the Lucca quartet. He has been part of various groups with great jazz musicians such as Lionel Hampton, Lee Konitz, Toots Thielemans, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, Joe Newman, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and others. He was a member of the RAI-TV orchestra in Roma for many years, and it is in this period that he worked as a composer of music for TV and cinema. Speaking of cinema, a piece of him was featured from the Oscar-winning 2003 film Lost in Translation. His engagement in the cinema part of Clint Eastwood's spaghetti western now.
In the 1970s he found success playing Hammond C-3, piano and vibraphone within the MARC4 group. The name comes from the acrostic of the names of the 4 founders (Maurizio, Antonello, Roberto, Carlo), all musicians of the Rai Orchestra. Antonello died in 2019.


Kessel's Kit
RCA Victor SF8098
released 1970
Barney Kessel, guitar
Carlo Pes, guitar
Antonello Vannucchi, Hammond organ
Giovanni Tommaso, bass
Enzo Restuccia, drums
Ciro Cicco, percussion

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