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Sal La Rocca | Bass Player | Composer





About Sal La Rocca

Sal La Rocca (double bass player & composer), 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



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





Sal la Rocca | Press


UK Jazz RadioBrian Soundy’s CD of the month for dec. 2012

It Could Be The End” – “Sal La Rocca is one of Belgium’s most well respected and sort after bassist. He says he owes his style to Paul Chambers and Ray Brown, not a bad thing, but listening to this album Sal has a much edgier and varied palette set of chops plus some special composing skills. With Sal on this album is : Pascal Mohy (piano), Jacques Schwarz-Bart (tenor sax), Lorenzo Di Miao (guitar) and Hans Van Oosterhout (drums). I like Sal’s composing; it give the other musicians some great moments to work on and show what they can do without being over stated. On the IGLOO Label this is well deserved 5 star album.”  – Brian Soundy (UK Jazz Radio & the Jazz Critic)



London Evening Standard
London Evening Standard | CD of the week

“Northern Europe boasts many excellent players, so it’s no surprise to find a quintet this good from the buttoned-up city of Brussels. It’s led by a resonant d. bassist, a gifted composer who has a distinctive and hypermodern touch. Two Belgians, guitarist Lorenzo di Maio and pianist Pascal Mohy, contribute elegant solos, but the star turn is really Jacques Schwartz-Bart, a world-class tenorist from Guadeloupe who has toured with US trumpeter Roy Hargrove a few years back. His serpentine lines are always a pleasure to follow but it’s La Rocca’s simple-sounding yet artfully harmonised themes that make this album special. The only standard here is Crescent, a J. Coltrane lament that inspires solos worthy of its composer.”
– JACK MASSARIK (London Evening Standard), CDs of the week: It Could Be the End – Igloo (Nov 30, 2012)