Mike PainterComposer and Hammond player from Milan, Mike Painter (Michele Pingitore) began his career in the early eighties as member of the mod-beat band "Four By Art". The band were prime movers of the neosixties scene for a long time, boasting the self-produced single "My mind in four sight" and two albums for the Electric Eye label.
Following this success, Mike then formed mod-soul group "The Investigators" releasing a record for Vox Pop, one of the most highly-regarded Italian labels of that time. By now heavily influenced by the acid jazz scene, he continued to tour extensively with a series of changing line-ups inspired by Booker T. & the MG's, Jimmy Mc Griff, Corduroy and the James Taylor Quartet. Then it was time for a leap into a wider market with the pop-soul ensemble "Il Santo" where he teamed up with Alex Loggia (ex Statuto). Mike and Alex continued to collaborate as "Mr. Tokyo And Beat Goes On", a ska-rocksteady flavoured offshoot of Il Santo. Mr Tokyo went on to release the album "Summer Sessions" on the Audioglobe label.
Finally, after many years spent in different bands Mike released his first solo project: "MIKE PAINTER AND THE FAMILY SHAKERS". Teaming up with former Casino Royale player Roberto "Gato" Barbieri and Alex Loggia, Mike brings us a rich blend of sublime Hammond leads and cool modern jazz sounds.
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SGR Records SGR001
recorded january 2003 in Milano/Italy
Mike Painter, Hammond C3 organ, guitar, synthsizer, vocals
Roberto Barbieri Gato, tenor sax, flute
Alex Loggia, guitar
Claudio Falcone, vocals
Victor Fusetti, bass
Riki Cowell, drums
Domenico Riu, trombone
Alberto Lorenzon "Bon", percussions
SGR Records, available as MP3 files only
recorded 2004 in Italy
Mike Painter, Hammond organ
Gino De Angelis, bass guitar
Roberto Tosi, drums
Ivan Padovani, trumpet
Roberto "Gato" Barbieri, tenor sax
Giancarlo "Ginko" Fiore, guitar