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Roberto Ciotti (20 February 1953 – 31 December 2013) was an Italian bluesman, composer and professional guitarist.
Born in Rome, Ciotti began playing the guitar at the age of 12. From 1970 to 1972 he was a member of the jazz band Blue Morning, then he started a solo career as a bluesman, a composer and a professional guitarist, collaborating with Chet Baker, Francesco De Gregori and Edoardo Bennato, among others.
His debut album was Supergasoline Blues, released in 1978. In 1980, he opened the Italian concerts of Bob Marley. In 1989 he got critical and commercial success with the musical score of Marrakech Express by Gabriele Salvatores, with whom he collaborated again two years later in On Tour. After the 2002 album Behind the Door he devoted himself mainly to the live concerts. In 2006 he published an autobiography, Unplugged, in which he recounted the difficulty of coherence in doing blues without ever yielding to the lure of show business and easy money.
Ciotti died, aged 60, following a long illness, on December 31, 2013.
Born in Rome in 1953, Roberto starts to play the guitar at the age of 12, devoting himself immediately to Delta Blues and Electric Rock-Blues.
Having worked with jazz/rock band "Blue Morning" and tenor saxophonist Maurizio Giammarco, he then played as a session man with such top Italian artistes as Francesco De Gregori and Edoardo Bennato, continuing as this latter's live band leader until 1977.
Having perfected his Dobro guitar technique, he appeared as a solo artist and with his band in leading blues festivals in Italy (Pistoia) and Europe (Berlin, Lucerne, Hamburg, Montreux) as well as playing alongside Brian Auger, Jerry Ricks, Louisiana Red, Matt "Guitar" Murphy and Willie Littlefield.
♣ Double Bass – Enzo Pietropaoli
♣ Drums – Giampaolo Ascolese
♣ Vocals, Guitar – Roberto Ciotti
01. Hell Boogie 02:26
02. Fisherman 03:17
03. Castles Of Sand 05:18
04. Bigroad Blues Vocals – Susanna De Vivo 02:46
05. Trying 04:53
06. When Is My Time 03:58
07. Need More 03:21
08. Blues Plays Me 04:51
09. Super Gasoline 06:15