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Sal La Rocca

Bass Player | Composer



About Sal La Rocca

Bass Player | Composer

Sal La Rocca – Initially briefly interested in guitar rock,  he discovered the jazz genre in the early 1980s. Sal traded the guitar for the bass and taught himself the jazz idiom, inspired by the model of Paul Chambers. La Rocca tirelessly built on his abilities as a musician, and it did not take long before he was noticed playing alongside Toots THIELEMANS, Philip CATHERINE, Steve GROSSMAN, Lee KONITZ, Dani KLEIN featuring Vaya Con Dios

Sal (Salvatore) La Rocca has released two albums under his own name, such as LATINEA (Jan 2003) and IT COULD BE THE END (Feb 2012). With : Lorenzo DI MAIO (guitar), Pascal MOHY (piano & Fender Rh.) and Hans van OOSTERHOUT (drums) featuring : Jacques SCHWARZ-BART (t. sax) on the IGLOO-RECORDS  label…more





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The result: a singular album that sounds like a plural and that can be conjugated in the past, present and future; a contemporary jazz record that reads like a travel book. At each stop, we get a song to hum and high-level soloists to follow in their harmonic and rhythmic excursions. Let’s be clear: a record signed by a bassist-leader often resembles other releases recorded by bassist-leaders, a heavy revenge on the status of accompanist; spotlight on the bassist, all the themes are for me, the first chorus and codas…

This second album by Sal La Rocca deftly avoids that trap. With the exception of “Crescent”, all the compositions are signed La Rocca but the rest is impeccably balanced and each musician comes out of the adventure with something to remember. Could this be the end?” JPS, Maison du Jazz












dani salDani Klein & Sal La Rocca Quartet

Supported by renowned jazz musicians Sal La Rocca (bass), William Lecomte (piano) and Tim De Jonghe (trumpet) Dani Klein brings us joyful songs from Billie Holiday’s largely filled repertoire.

This way, Dani Klein expresses her admiration for the legendary American jazz singer who would have turned 100 years old in 2015. ‘Dani Klein & Sal La Rocca’ is an intimate quartet composed of top musicians that play a classical jazz repertoire of one of Dani’s favorite singers in a very cozy, yet exciting manner. S.




ingrid nomad

Ingrid Nomad is finally putting out her first album ‘We are one’.

Album Notes: Arranged by Sabin Todorov
Recorded by Pascale Snoeck at Studio Elle
Mastered by Pieter De Wagter at Equis

Musicians: Sabin Todorov on Piano
Sal La Rocca on Double Bass
Stephan Pougin on Drums and percussion
Annemie Osborne on Cello

The album is released on the 1st of October 2016.



anne wolf

Piano: Anne Wolf, Congas: Chris Joris, Double bass : Sal La Rocca, Flutes: Stefan Bracaval

The CD of WOLF IN THE WOOD is there! Recorded live at the Jazz Station, it is released under the label Mogno Music in March 2016. Check the concert agenda HERE With this quartet “of wood”, piano-double bass-congas and flutes, Anne Wolf offers a particular sound; warm and groovy, festive one might almost say!

She deliberately has left her own repertoire to explore freer structures through carefully selected standards and pieces by composers like: Stevie Wonder, A.C .Jobim, Michel Petrucciani, Wayne Shorter, Charles Loos, Steve Swallow…etc



All About Jazz

all about jazz“Season Heat” by Sal La Rocca

From the album It Could Be The End
By Sal La Rocca

About the Album

7/4 tune with slow rockfeel evoking when the global temperature will rise on Earth. Sal La Rocca: double bass; Lorenzo Di Maio: guitar; Pascal Mohy: piano; Hans Van Oosterhout: drums. Guest Jacques Schwarz-Bart: sax

Fiona’s Comments ****

If you’re looking for sombre sounds to go with the sombre political horizon…this is it. Mr Schwarz-Bart said so, and we’re not going to doubt him.