The legendary sax of Fausto Papetti in a funky key, for real.
I can easily remember the very first car system my dad put on his old whip. It was a clunky radio tuner with a tape player. I can also remember the weird audiotape dad used to play for months. I mean, the same one for months.
Among those, the worst one for me was a kind of “romantic sax” tape with a crazy nice girl half-naked on the cover. It was ill, and dad loved to rock it all the time. But I was sick of it. All the time. The name of the tape was “Fausto Papetti Romantic Sax” or some like that, and it was packed with love themes’ covers. I wasn’t really feeling it, though.
Years passed by, and around the mid-Nineties, crate digging for records in a dusty crib, I found my first Fausto Papettis’s record. I bought it for a few bucks. I listened to it, and with my biggest surprise, I found a nice break-beat Eric B got used for Rakim, nice sounds, crazy loops and overall just plain and great music.
Papetti started playing in big orchestras at the end of ’50s, then signed to Durium Records. The story goes like this: he registered a cover of a then-popular soundtrack theme, Estate Violenta, and ironically the cover became twice as popular than the original one.
After the unexpected exploit, Durium Records wanted Fausto to cut his first full length lp: “Raccolta“, the very first chapter of a legacy. The formula was simple: cut a compilation of covers of well known and popular songs, reviewed and replayed with a brilliant sax and a crazy rhythmic section for the backbeat.
Success came with ease. And if during the ’60s the “Raccolta”s content was still tango’s and mazurka’s oriented, during the 70’s things became funkier: lp’s jackets started portraying sexy girls, and the tracklists contents went often funk and soul. Groovy thangs. Ask crate diggers worldwide.
Aside from covers, after a while recording for Durium, the real good news was that Fausto started rocking on records his own tunes: occasionally, one or two original compositions could be found in almost every record between the 8th and 35th volume of “Raccolta”, and generally speaking these songs were the real highlight of the whole set.
Being a really good musician and an old jazz lover, Fausto gave birth to a mellow and intricate funky sound with just his sax and a rhythmic section, and to a subgenre with a lot of clones trying to attend his same status and fame. But Johnny, you “Sax”, and so many others did like you, too…
Still playing until the late ’80s, Fausto Papetti passed away in 1999. Gone in silence with his sax, his death has been slightly noticed. A real good cat in the Italian modern music history.
The mixtape I’m happy to deliver today is a selection of Fausto’s original tunes composed and recorded between 1969 and 1979, more or less. Welcome to The Ultimate Papetti podcast, go grab it here!
Hope you enjoy it. My dad will, for sure.
Greetings from nowhere.