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Gianni Basso, (24 May 1931 in Asti, Italy-17 August 2009), was a renowned Italian Jazz tenor saxophonist influenced by Stan Getz. He started his career shortly after World War II, at first as a clarinetist, then switching to the saxophone in the Belgian Raoul Falsan's Big Band.

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Tranquilli, non muoio, vado solo a suonare da un'altra parte. (Stay calm, I'm not going to die, I'm just going to play somewhere else)

— G. Basso[1]

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