Clive was born on 12 December 1946. He took up the drums as a serious occupation with his friend and compatriot Mick Abrahams in the group McGregor’s Engine in 1967. Based in Luton, England, the band played in the area with Clive mustering an extraordinary non-matching drum kit, comprised of bits and pieces of equipment by various manufacturers. As a mix-and-match drummer he joined the fledgling Jethro Tull at the end of ’67 to accompany Ian Anderson, Mick and Glenn Cornick in the early, intoxicating days of the post-blues boom of Brit Rock.
Never the self-professed technical drummer, Clive made his impact based on his throbbing, gritty engagement with the essence of blues and rock and roll, moved by the work of Ginger Baker, Mitch Mitchell et al.
Later, Clive was to become firm friends of Corky Laing of Mountain and the many other drummers from bands with which the early Tull found themselves appearing on the first US tours in 1969 and 1970.
After the album Aqualung, Clive felt that Tull was entering a more complex musical phase, not so much in keeping with his own more earthy roots, and volunteered to take early retirement to the different world of marriage, dog kennel management and a venture in light engineering, which had been his earlier profession. Tull continued with the employment of Barrie Barlow, an old chum of Ian’s and John’s from schooldays in Blackpool.
In 1974, Clive joined the band Blodwyn Pig, which Mick Abrahams had formed on his departure from Tull in 1969.
Today, Clive still remains a sought-after session musician with many, many credits to his name amongst the world of old and not-so-old music groups.
After leaving Tull a few hundred years ago, I played for a while with Robin Trower, Frankie Miller and Jim Dewar in band called Jude, signed to the Chrysalis label.
At the same time, I was starting some other activities in areas outside music. I had become a married man, and didn’t really expect to stay in music as a full-time job. I moved to a farm outside Luton and started a business in dog-boarding kennels and also invested in a engineering firm in the area, together with a few other things, just in case!
I was still asked to do the odd musical thing and, in no particular order, they included, over the next few years, working with Gordon Giltrap, Steve Hillage, Uli Roth, Manfred Mann and, of course, dealing with the ever-present invitations from Mick Abrahams to become involved with one project or another.
Since sadly splitting up with my wife, I have been working on a newly released solo album for the New Day record label and taking it easy while the offers come pouring in!
Born in Rome on 6 October 1958, his professional debut dates back to 1975 with Trio di Roma (Danilo Rea, Enzo Pietropaoli). He has been playing all over the world and Europe with his own groups as well as with international artists. In addition to a refined timbre research and a perfect technique, the groups under his name are characterized by a warmth which is peculiar to Mediterranean culture. This undoubtedly makes Roberto Gatto one of the most interesting drummers and composers both in Europe and in the world.
As a leader, he has recorded many albums: Notes, Ask, Luna, Jungle Three, Improvvisi, Sing Sing Sing, Roberto Gatto plays Rugantino, Deep, Traps, Gatto-Stefano Bollani Gershwin and more, A Tribute to Miles Davis Quintet, Omaggio al Progressive, The Music Next Door, Roberto Gatto Lysergic Band, Remebering Shelly.
Over the years he has composed film music, creating together with Maurizio Giammarco the soundtrack for Nudo di donna, directed by Nino Manfredi, and in collaboration with Battista Lena the soundtracks for the films Mignon è partita, which got five David di Donatello awards, Verso sera and Il grande cocomero, all directed by Francesca Archibugi.
In 1983 he was number one in the monthly magazine Fare Musica poll as best Italian drummer. In 1983 and 1987 with the group Lingomania he was the Top Jazz poll winner of the magazine Musica Jazz in the category Best Group. In 1988, 1989, 1990 he came first in the drummer category of Your favourites Guitar Club poll. In 2007, 2009 and 2010 he was voted as best drummer in the Musica Jazz poll. In 1993 he made two didactic videos Batteria vol. 1 e 2. He was the artistic director of the Jazz in progress project at Teatro dell’Angelo in Rome. For over twelve years he taught drums and ensemble music at the Siena Jazz seminaries. He attended Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and the Conservatory in L’Aquila. He holds the chair of jazz drums at Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome.
Federico was born in 1985 and began his musical studies at the age of nine. He took lessons through the years from some of the greatest Italian and international drummers such as Chris Coleman, Rob Carson, Maxx Furian, Sergio Pescara, Stefano Bagnoli and Alfredo Golino.
He attended several clinics, workshops and masterclasses given by drumming greats including Gavin Harrison, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Johnny Rabb, Marco Minneman, Jojo Mayer, Steve Smith, Benny Greb, Virgil Donati and many more.
In 2007 Fede won the international drums and percussion contest “Percfest-memorial Naco” (reviewed on drum magazines Percussioni, Modern Drummer and Drum Club) performing with bass player Nic Angileri.
In 2011 Fede played at the 11th edition of “La lunga notte della batteria – Memorial Lucchini” playing with the JW Orchestra.
With the Drum Duo project (with the great Riccardo Lombardo) Fede performed at: “Percfest International Percussion Festival” (2008), “Joe Morello Tribute 2011” and “Groove Day” (2008, 2010) the most important drumfest in Italy with artists such as Dave Weckl, Ronald Bruner Jr., Mylious Johnson.
In 2007 and 2012 he played at “Euro Bass Day” festival with Divinity Roxx (Beyoncè) and Andrea Braido, Nicola Angileri and Tony De Gruttola, sharing the stage with legends such as Marcus Miller, Mike Stern and Alain Caron.
In 2012 Fede’s been the opening act for Chris Coleman “Italian Clinic Tour” for 20 dates all around the country.
In 2015 he’s one of the artists performing at “La Rioja Drumming Festival” in Logrono, Spain; one of the most important drum festivals in Europe, followed by a Spanish clinic tour.
In 2016 Fede performed at AUDW Drumtek Festival in Melbourne, Australia, alongside legends such as Greg Bissonette, John Riley, Chris Coleman and Dave Elitch.
In the same year he also did a three-week Chinese Clinic tour and a series of Masterclasses in Spain, plus a Clinic in Tokyo, followed by a Japan Tour with Destrage.
He also did several clinics in Italy during 2014/15
2017 begun with a clinic at prestigious MI in Hollywood.