Pino Palladino


Born in Cardiff, Wales, Pino Palladino picks up guitar at age 14. Playing in a local band (Trapper), Palladino soon gives up his classical guitar studies and starts playing electric. When 17 he finally switches to bass, buys himself a fretless a year later and well, the rest is history, as they say.

Picture the late 1970s. Pino Palladino plays bass in local bands (funk, r&b, reggae) and starts recording at local studios. He moves to London at the age of 23 to play with ex-Squeeze keyboardist Jools Holland's band The Millionaires, with whom he tours the UK and the US. In the UK Jools Holland & The Millionaires share the bill with a soul band called Q-tips whose singer is Paul Young. Whilst on tour in N.Y. with Jools Holland, Palladino buys himself a Musicman Stingray Fretless.

By the early '80s Pino Palladino is well on his way. He plays sessions on fretless for Gary Numan, which led to the 1982 album "I Assassin". After this an American tour follows in 1983. That same year he records the legendary "No Parlez" album with Paul Young, which brings him world fame. Palladino joins Paul Young's band The Royal Family and records and tours with them around the world for five years. During this period he also has steamy musical affairs with artists such as David Gilmour, Pete Townshend, Don Henley, Elton John, Joan Armatrading, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Chaka Khan, to name just a few.

So we're talking the early 1990s now. We don't get to see much of Palladino on stage these years. He mainly does studio work, except for some live stuff with Pete Townshend in '93 and Jeff Beck in '95. During his session work Pino Palladino forms a rhythm section with Manu Katché and Dominic Miller and the three of them record with artists world-wide.

During 1999 Palladino, Katché and Miller record original material, which leads to a band project called "The Tweeters".

2000 to present
At the turn of the century, Pino Palladino is a member of a band called "The Soultronics". With them Palladino records D'Angelo's Voodoo album in '99, which takes them on a tour through the US, Europe, and South America in 2000. The Soultronics also feature Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson from The Roots on drums.

From playing and recording with D'Angelo, Palladino moves right on to projects with Erykah Badu, Common, and Roy Hargrove. Pino proves to be an inspired musician, not only playing bass and electric guitar, but writing and co-producing songs as well.

Early in 2002 Pino Palladino was invited to play bass during the Party at the Palace, a pop concert in honour of Queen Elizabeth's golden jubilee, which Palladino gladly excepted. The band included drummer Phil Collins, keyboardist Wix Wickins and guitarist Phil Palmer. The concert, which was broadcasted live on June 3rd 2002 by the BBC, was a huge success. It starred Dame Shirley Bassey, Bryan Adams, Annie Lennox, Ozzy Osbourne, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Steve Winwood, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney and many more.

Then at the end of June 2002 The Who's Ox John Entwistle suddenly died at the eve of The Who's US Tour, and Palladino accepted the difficult job to play bass for the duration of the tour.

Towards the the end of 2002 things settled down a bit. Pino played bass for Eric Clapton, Rhian Benson, Herbert Grönemeyer, Vikter Duplaix, and Rachel Fuller. Also he co-produced Talib Kweli's new album. And did you know Pino plays the bass solo at the beginning of the movie "Standing in the Shadows of Motown", about Motown's Funk Brothers?

2003 saw Pino Palladino playing bass, writing, and producing with and for people such as Edie Brickel, Dominic Miller, D'Angelo, Rhian Benson, Roy Har(d)gro(o)ve, Tony O'Malley, and also Steve Gadd, Russ Elavado, Ahmir Thompson, Boney James and Omar Hakim. He also did a project with IG Culture! From October until December Pino Palladino joined Simon and Garfunkel for the US leg of their "Old Friends" tour.

In 2004 Pino Palladino continued his project with IG Culture, toured with "The Who", produced the new Terri Walker album, worked on a new JimJam album, had Martin Peterson of The Gallery bass shop in London build an 8-string (yes, eight), played at the Grammy's with John Mayer, and to finish it off, Pino Palladino received the Outstanding Contribution to Pop Music Award of the Wales Pop Factory in his native Cardiff.

2005 was the year of the "John Mayer Trio, touring the US, resulting in the live album "Try!".

And this is where we kind of end up in the present of Palladino's musical fusion kitchen. No more drinks or tapas. Better let the man go and do what he does best: play bass and create music. But you can rest assured we keep an ear to the door, sleeping at his doorstep. So, check out the latest news in The Lounge of this website !

A (more or less) "complete" discography of Pino Palladino can be found in the Studio of this website.

Source: Accessed 13th March 2013


Simon, Paul Surprise Warner Bros / WEA

Hamilton, Anthony Ain't Nobody Worryin' Arista
Mayer Trio, John Try! John Mayer Trio Live in Concert Sony
Clapton, Eric Back Home Warner Bros / WEA
Hancock, Herbie Possibilities Vector Records
Benet, Eric Hurricane Warner Brothers
Various Strat Pack: Live in concert Eagle Vision USA
De Clive-Lowe, Mark Tide's Arising Capitol
Aslyn Lemon Love ABB Soul Records
Miller, Dominic Third World Alula
Cetera, Peter Faithfully Compendia

Bedingfield, Daniel Second First Impression Polydor
Simon & Garfunkel Old Friends: Live on Stage Warner Bros/WEA
Various Artists Shall we dance? (soundtrack) Casablanca
Scott, Jill Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol. 2 Sony
Various Artists The Groove Boutique, vol. 1, a Seamless blend of Smooth Jazzy Grooves TommyBoy
James, Boney Pure Warner Bros.
Phoenix Alphabetical Astralwerks / EMI Int'l
Lerner, Alejandro Buen Viaje Universal Latino
Zucchero Zucchero & Co. Universal International
Who, the First Singles Box Universal International
Simon, Carly Reflections Carly Simon's Greatest Hits BMG Heritage
Who, the Then and Now: Maximum Who Geffen
Miller, Dominic Shapes Decca

Brickell, Edie Vulcano Cherry / Universal
Benson, Rhian Gold Coast DKG Music, Inc./Top Sail Production
Morcheeba Parts of the Process Reprise
Summer Summer Sony International
Hamilton, Anthony Comin' from where I'm from Arista
De La Soul Timeless - the Singles Collection Rhino
RH Factor, the Hard groove Verve
Woodward, Lucy While you can Atlantic
Walker, Terri Untitled Def Soul
Duplaix, Vikter International Affairs v2.0 Hollywood
Blegvad, Peter King Strut & other stories BMG International
Tell, Diane Tout de Diane Tell BMG International
Benson, Rhian Spirit DKG
Rafferty, Gerry Another world Hypertension
Teitur Poetry & Aeroplanes Universal

Common Electric Circus MCA
Numan, Gary I, Assassin (re-release) Beggars Banquet
Callier, Terry Speak your peace Mr Bongo
Kweli, Talib Quality MCA
Green, Vivian Love story Sony International
Various artists Red Hot + Riot: the Music and Spirit of Fela Kuti MCA
Quiet City Public Face Private Face Koch Records
Floetry Floetic DreamWorks
D'Alessio, Gigi Uno Come Te BMG International
Law, the The law One Way
Bötti, Chris Very Best of Chris Bötti Verve
Morcheeba Charango WEA International
Brown, Norman Just Chillin' Warner Bros
Various artists Party at the Palace (DVD/video) BBC / Opus
Various artists Party at the Palace: The Queen's Jubilee Concert Virgin
George, Robin Dangerous Music (re-release) Castle (Navarre)
Keating, Ronan Destination Universal
Brickell, Edie Ultimate Collection Hip-O
Various artists Mondo Platinum Ark 21
Wright, Jaguar Denials Delusions and Decisions MCA

Zucchero Shake Universal
James, Bob Restoration: the best of Bob James Warner Bros
Kuti, Femi Fight to Win MCA
Common Like water for chocolate Universal/MCA
Tears for Fears Shout: The very best of Tears for Fears Uptown/Universal
King, B.B. Here and There: the Uncollected BB King Hip-O
Cetera, Peter Peter Cetera Collection (JP)
Kadison, Joshua Vanishing America EMI
I Muvrini I Muvrini Higher Octave
Costa, Nikka Everybody Got Their Something Virgin Records
Stewart, Rod Human WEA International
Goldman, Jean-Jacques Pluriel: Best of Jean-Jacques Goldman 1990-1996 Sony International
Watson, Russell Voice Universal
McDonald, Michael The very best of Atlantic/Rhino
Clapton, Eric Reptile Warner Bros/WEA
McDonald, Michael Voice of Michael McDonald WEA International
Smith, Jimmy Dot Com Blues Blue Thumb Records/UNI

Musiq Soulchild Aijuswanaseing Polygram
Various artists Bamboozled (soundtrack) Motown
N'Dour, Youssou Joko: the link Asyllum/Elektra
Downing, Will All the man you need Motown
Ashcroft, Richard Alone with Everybody Virgin
Dream Academy Somewhere in the Sun: Best of Warner (JP)
Lanz, David East of the Moon Decca
D'Angelo Voodoo Virgin Records
McIntosh, Robbie Emotional Bends Compass
Daniele, Pino Come Un Gelato All'Equatore WEA
Harp, Maria 14 Pieces for Harp and Bass Timeless Records
Badu, Erykah Mama's Gun Motown
Jim Jam Jim Jam Sulphuric Records
Miller, Dominic Second Nature Blue Print (UK)
N'Dour, Youssou Joko - from village to village Atlantic/WEA
Samborra, Richie Undiscovered Soul Polygram

Clapton, Eric Clapton Chronicles: The best of Warner Bros/WEA
Etheridge, Melissa Breakdown Island
Beck, Jeff Who else! Epic/Sony Music
Baglioni, Claudio Io Sono Qui Sony International
Craven, Beverly Mixed emotions Epic
Fordham, Julia Collection Virgin
Maahn, Wolf Soul Maahn EMI
McCabe Bungee Jumping On The Stock Exchange (unknown label)
Spagna Indivisibili (IT)
Tears for Fears The Seeds of Love Polygram
Turner, Tina Twenty Four Seven EMD/Virgin

Various artists Groovin' High Drums Project (UK)
Gabriel, Peter Snowflake Kizna
Collins, Phil Hits Atlantic/WEA
Waterboys & Mike Scott Whole of the moon: the music of The Waterboys Chrysalis/EMD
Adams, Oleta The very best of Mercury/Polygram/UNI
Clapton, Eric The Pilgrim Warner Bros/WEA
Samborra, Richie Undiscovered soul Polygram
Harp, Maria 14 Pieces for Harp and Bass Via Records (NL)
Dalma, Sergio Historias Normales Mercury
Eicher, Stephan Engelberg '92 (FR)
Holland, Jools Best of Coalition
Jones, Howard People Ark 21/UNI
Omalley, Tony Naked flame Ronnie Scott's Jazz House
Pavarotti & Friends For the children of Liberia Decca
Thiefaine, Hubert Felix Le bonheur de la tentation Tristar/Sony
Young, Paul Super Hits Columbia/Sony

Dion, Celine Let's talk about love Columbia/Sony
King, B.B. Dueces Wild MCA
Hackett, Steve Watcher of the skies: Genesis Revisited Angel
Soraya Torre De Marfil PGD/Polygram
Hackett, Steve Genisis Files Recall Records
Gipsy Kings Compas Atlantic/WEA
Bee Gees Still Waters Mercury/Polygram/UNI
4Him The Message Verity
Celtus Moonchild (unknown label)
Cetera, Peter Collection: You're the inspiration River North
Di Cataldo, Massimo Crescendo (IT)
Jones, Howard Angels & lovers (JP)
Lukather, Steve Luke Miramar
M People Fresco (SE)
Manzanera, Phil Million reasons why Blue Print (UK)
Scott, Mike Still Burning Minty Fresh
Various artists Romy and Michelle (soundtrack) Hollywood/PGD

Sanborn, David Songs from the night before Elektra/WEA
Sheik, Duncan Duncan Sheik Atlantic
Cuccurullo, Warren Thanks to Frank Imago
Various artists Mr Holland's Opus 1 (soundtrack) Mercury/Polygram/UNI
Carrack, Paul Blue views Ark 21/UNI
Eicher, Stephan 1000 vies (unknown label)
Kennedy, Nigel Kafka (unknown label)
Noa Calling Geffen
Townshend, Pete coolwalkingsmoothtalkingstraightsmokingfirestoking Atlantic/WEA
Wright, Richard Broken China Capitol

Henley, Don Actual miles: Henley's greatest hits Geffen
Werding, Juliane Alles Okay? WEA
Hewitt, Jennifer Love Let's go bang Atlantic/WEA
Manzanera, Phil Manzanera Collection Caroline Records, Inc.
Cetera, Peter One clear voice River North
Saisse, Philippe Masques Mercury/Polygram Jazz
James, Hilary & Bob Flesh and blood Warner
Bötti, Chris First Wish Verve
McLaughlin, John The promise Verve
Obispo, Pascal Un jour comme aujourd'hui (FR)
RAF Manifesto CGD

Williams, Vanessa Sweetest days PGD/Polygram
Simon, Carly Letters never sent Arista/BMG
Di Meola, Al Orange & Blue Atlantic/Rhino
Seal Seal (2) Warner Bros/WEA
Colaiuta, Vinnie Vinnie Colaiuta Concord Jazz/Stretch
Daltrey, Roger Celebration: the Music of the Who House of Blues
Ferry, Bryan Mamouna Virgin
Fredericks, Goldman, Jones Rouge (unknown label)
James, Bob Restless Warner
Jovanotti Giovani Jovanotti Polygram/Tristar
Lindup, Mike Changes (unknown label)
Mijares Vive en mi EMI Latin
Williamson, Mark Time slipping by GRP
Young, Paul Acoustic Columbia

Various artists Stone Free: a tribute to Jimi Hendrix Warner Bros
Etheridge, Melissa Yes I am Island/Polygram/UNI
McDonald, Michael Blink of an eye Warner Bros/WEA
Koz, Dave Lucky Man Capitol/EMD
Crosby, David Thousand Roads Atlantic
Eicher, Stephan Carcassone (unknown label)
Jones, Howard 1983-93 The best of Howard Jones Elektra/Warner/WEA
Morrel, Howie Lee Hearsay (unknown label)
Rodgers, Paul Tribute to Muddy Waters (UK)
Young, Paul The crossing Columbia

Cetera, Peter World falling down Warner Bros/WEA
Mango, Armando Come l'acqua Fronti Cetra
Ramazzotti, Eros Eros in concert BMG/US Latin
Baglioni, Claudio Oltre Sony International/Tristar
Banks, Tony Still Virgin
John, Elton The one MCA
Simpson, Ray Ray Simpson Atlantic/Virgin
Various artists Red Shoe Diaries (Soundtrack) PGD/Polygram
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Queen's Rhapsody: the Hits of Queen Silva America

Young, Paul From Time to Time: the Singles Collection Columbia/Sony
Various artists Two rooms: Celebrating the songs of the Who Mercury/Polygram/UNI
Ramazzotti, Eros In ogni senso Arista
Seal Seal (1) Warner Bros/WEA
Big Dish Satellites (unknown label)
DeBurgh, Chris Lady in Red - The very best of Ark 21/UNI
Diesel Hepfidelity (unknown label)
Fordham, Julia Swept Circa Records/Virgin
Goldman, Jean-Jacques Fredericks Goldman Jones (unknown label)
Katché, Manu It's about time BMG (DE)
Law, the The law Atlanta
MacColl, Kirsty Electric Landlady (UK)
Mike + the Mechanics Word of mouth Atlantic/Virgin (DE)
O'kane, John Solid (unknown label)

Adams, Oleta Circle of One Mercury/Polygram/UNI
Armatrading, Joan Heart & flowers A&M Records/PGD
Baglioni, Claudio Oltre CBS
Knopfler, David Lips against the steel A&M
Propaganda 1234 Virgin (UK)
Ramazzotti, Eros En todos los sentidos BMG/US Latin
Sakamoto, Ryuichi Beauty EMD/Virgin
Young, Paul Other Voices Columbia/Sony

Various artists Working Girl (soundtrack) Arista/BMG
Collins, Phil But seriously Atlantic/WEA
Clapton, Eric Journeyman Warner Bros/WEA
Henley, Don The end of the innocence Geffen
Banks, Tony Bankstatement Atlantic/Virgin
Ellington, Duke Vol. 8 private collection Atlantic/WEA
Fordham, Julia Porcelain Circa Records/Virgin
Hart, Robert Cries & whispers (unknown label)
MacColl, Kirsty Kite (unknown label)
Sirima A Part Of Me CBS France
Straw, Syd Surprise Koch Records
Tears for Fears The Seeds of Love Mercury/Phonogram/Polygram

Armatrading, Joan Shouting stage A&M
Gramm, Lou Long hard look back (unknown label)

Go West Dancin' on the couch (unknown label)

DeBurgh, Chris Into the light A&M
Khan, Chaka Destiny Warner Bros
Young, Paul Between Two Fires Columbia

Armatrading, Joan Secret secrets A&M
Dream Academy Dream Academy WEA
George, Robin Dangerous music (UK)
Go West Bangs & Crashes (unknown label)
Go West Go West Chrysalis/EMI
John, Elton Ice on fire MCA
Jones, Howard Dream into action Elektra/WEA
Sharpe, Bill Famous People Polydor
Springfield, Rick Tao BMG/RCA
Townshend, Pete White city: a novel Atlantic/WEA
Young, Paul The Secret of Association Columbia/Sony

Brookes, Jacqui Sob stories (unknown label)
Gilmour, David About face Columbia/Sony Music
Henley, Don Building the perfect beast Geffen
Holland, Jools Jools Holland meets Rock 'a' Boogie Billy IRS

Freur Doot-doot Oglio
Heyward, Nick North of a Miracle Arista/BMG
Knopfler, David Release Peach River
Young, Paul No Parlez Columbia

Numan, Gary I, Assassin Beggars Banquet

Holland, Jools Jools Holland and the Millionaires A&M

Various artists Exotica: World Music Divas (unknown label)
Yasuko, Agawa Echoes (JP)

Source: Accesses 13th March 2013