Alex Puddu is one of the most direct and creative artists and composers of our day; a multi-instrumentalist with
visions and skills. He was born in Rome in 1967 and moved to Copenhagen, Denmark in 1987.
He began his music career as a drummer at the age of fifteen. He is truly devoted to the Italian vintage
sound of the giallo/polizziottesco and horror movies from the early seventies: Jazz/percussiv
phsych-groove. His work is inspired by soudtrck maestros such as Piccioni, Umiliani Cipriani,
Morricone, Ferrio, De Masi, and Micalizzi
THE BUTTERFLY COLLECTORS
In 2004, Alex Puddu signed with Danish label April Records and released his first cinematic/jazzy album
Chasing The Scorpion's Tail with the band Alex Puddu and the Butterfly Collectors
and the album The Silence of the Sun and The Rhythm of the Rain the following year.
Over the next few years Alex released three more albums with The Butterfly Collectors: - Songs for the Sleepers (2006) on the label Sonet/Universal; a very dark and personal album for Alex released only on Cd and very rare to find to these days. Mechanism and Technique (2008) in a limited edition of only 150 vinyls. Featuring some of the greatest artists
from the Danish scene at the time: Silas Bjerregaard of Turboweekend, Duane Hobson, Kenneth Thordal,
Mathilde Lunderskov, Tobias Buch-Andersen, and Peter Peter. Released on Alex' own label Al Dente.
- Myrrh (2010) also a release from Al Dente
In 2010, Alex recorded his first solo album; the soundtrack Hell is Other People. A Danish short film about a young man
suffering from schizophrenia. The album is written, performed
and produced by Alex at home and every instrument is played
by hand; a little miracle. Cool, interesting sound. Slow-psych blues mood
The Golden Age of Danish Pornography
2011 became a turning point. Alex recorded the soundtrack The Golden Age of Danish Pornography. He wrote, performed, and recorded new material to recreate the sound for a collection of vintage hardcore short films from the early seventies, directed by Danish porn pioneer Freddy Weiss. The album was released in Denmark by Al Dente, only on vinyl and with an X-rated cover. It made some noise...
The fine Italian jazz/groove label Schema Records/Ishtar heard The Golden Age of Danish Pornography and released an international version of the album (minus the X-rated cover photo!) in 2012. This initiated an ongoing and fruitful collaboration between Schema and Al Dente
Composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Alex Puddu is ready with his brand new project
The Moonfires . Alex wrote, arranged, produced, and recorded the album’s nine tracks. Expect soul dynamite with afro-funk references. Probably the blackest sound Alex has ever done.
The album features Alex Puddu on electric guitar, keeping the spirit high and the hypnotizing groove right on top along with Danish/Jamaican lead singer Duane Hobson’s great vocals that bring you back to the seventies funky names like Black Heat, Tribes, New Birth, War, Mandrill etc… Duane and Alex co-wrote the lyrics on the title track “Black Sugar”, the soulful 45 single “Such a Bad Girl”, “Sexy Lady” and the ballad “Don’t Let The Shadow”. Followed by instrumental groovy tracks like “You Got Me Funky”, “Feel the Heat”, “On the Wire”, and “Love Rollercoaster”.
On the drums is the charismatic and brilliant lady Heidi Luke. Gavino Congiatta plays bass. And on piano, organ, and synth is Massimo Fiorentino.
Additional musicians on the album are Morten Grønvad (congas and percussion), Jesper Løvdal (saxophone and flute), and Hendrik Jørgensen (trumpet)
Alex Puddu Electric Guitars Backing Vocals
Duane Hobson Lead Vocal
Heidi Luke Drums
Massimo Fiorentino El Piano, Organ,Synth
Gavino Congiatta Bass
Mikael Fleron Sax
The Golden Age of Danish Pornography
2011 became a turning point. Alex recorded the soundtrack The Golden Age of Danish Pornography.
He wrote, performed, and recorded new material to recreate the sound for a collection of vintage hardcore short films from the early seventies, directed by Danish porn pioneer Freddy Weiss. The album was released in Denmark by Al Dente, only on vinyl and with an X-rated cover. It made some noise...
The fine Italian jazz/groove label Schema Records/Ishtar heard The Golden Age of Danish Pornography and released an international version of the album (minus the X-rated cover photo!) in 2012. This initiated an ongoing and fruitful collaboration between Schema and Alex.
Collaborations and new projects
An old dream came true when Schema managed to introduce Alex to the legendary Morricone singer Edda dell'Orso. The collaboration and following friendship between Alex and dell'Orso resulted in the album Registrazioni al Buio (Schema 2013) featuring Edda dell'Orso's vocal on three tracks along with her husband Giacomo dell'Orso on piano on the track "Il Mare Dietro la Porta". Alex composed, performed, and produced the well-acclaimed The Golden Age of Danish Pornography Volume 2 (Schema 2014) In February 2014, Alex started recordings for his first soul album together with session musicians at the Schema Studio in Milan, Italy. In early spring he made a trip to New York City to meet with the legendary Bronx Latin-soul singer Joe Bataan. Bataan did vocals on three tracks for what was to become the album Soul Tiger (2015).
In 2015, after the release of Soul Tiger, Alex is ready with a brand new project: The Moonfires. Yet again, Alex wrote, arranged, produced, and recorded the album’s nine tracks for The Moonfires album Black Sugar (2015, Al Dente). The sound has afro-funk and soul references. Probably the blackest sound he has ever done. By autumn 2015, the sixth solo album from Alex Puddu will be released by Schema Records In The Eye of The Cat is the second part of the Puddu/Dell'Orso trilogy 2017 The Mark Of The Devil the Third and Last part of Puddu /Dell Orso Trilogy
The Mark of the Devil
Is the third and last chapter of Alex Puddu's trllogy with italian legendary vocalist Edda Dell Orso , also known for early collaboration with Maestro Morricone, Alessandroni, Piero Piccioni, Piero Umiliani, Stelvio Cipriani ,Trovaioli
Edda dell Orso she is featuring in three songs on the Album The Haunted Palace, Ombre e Distorsioni, and The Beyond A bonus track Il Giardino dei Amori proibiti will be released exclusive on the flip side of the 7 " single The Whip/The Beyond. The Mark of the Devil was Written,arranged, produced and performed bu Alex Puddu along with great musicians .The Album was recorded in Rome and Copenhagen ,and orchestrated by maestro Giacomo Dell Orso, who also arranged gregorian choirs. The Mark of the Devil is Dope-Groove, is Prog-Rock, is psych-Blues , a walk through the hell gates within lust and Temptation . This album will remain to this day the one most obscure and experimental from Alex Puddu, prewievs work!
From The Beginning
Composer and musician Alex Puddu will be returning with the new single "Runaway Boys". A killer track with heavy R&B roots featuring lead vocalist Lonnie Jordan from the legendary American soul/funk band War. Alex Puddu and Lonnie Jordan started their collaboration in the spring of 2017 co-writing words and music for the first single as well as the songs "Nobody" and "Stormy Weather". Both will be included on the next album "From the Beginning".
The album was recorded in Copenhagen and L.A. in 2016 and 2017. Other songs on the album will feature vocalist Duane Hobson from the soul band The Moonfires and Adrian Wilding. On the bass is one of Italy’s finest session players from the seventies: Dino Kappa – known for his collaborations with artists such as Morricone, Trovaioli, Bacalov, and Alan Sorrenti. Alex Puddu plays drums, guitars and additional keys, Massimo Fiorentino on piano and organ, Morten Grønvad on vibraphone and percussion, Mikael Fleron on sax, Hendrik Jørgensen on trumpet, Gavino Congiatta on Bass
Alex Puddu pull the ace with the new album The Gambler
On he’s 10” solo album Alex Puddu is back with a strong set of songs with inspiration from early 60’eres sound of doo-wop, vocal Harmonies and R’n’b with jazz- og surf reference. It’s clear that Puddu has got s truly impact and love for the music of this period “ Dion and The Belmonts ,Vince Taylor and his Playboys, The Marcels and classics Movie score such as West Side Story, The Wanderers, The Incident og Music To Read The Pretenders af Joe Rene Complex.
Morricone Line up
On The Gambler there’s special guest appearance
First and foremost Ennio Morricone’s legendry vocalist Edda dell’Orso also known for the 60’er og 70’ernes western soundtrack The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West og Giù la Testa. Dell’Orso sings on three of the album songs ,while her husband , Giacomo Dell’Orso, has orchestrated the album and direct a little group of Ennio Morricone.s strings musicians under the name Piccola Orchestra Cinefonica di Roma.
A part from Alex Puddu on guitar, organ and Piano, joined by Heidi Luke on Drums, Henrik Mathiassen on Contrabass, Mikael Fleron saxophone with Lukas Sherfey (The Movement) Stefan Moulvad (The Sandmen) and Anders Bruus (The Breakers) on electric guitar. On the lead vocals participates Steffen Westmark (The Blue Van) on two tracks, Peter Sandorff (Hola Ghost), Jess Møller Rasmussen (Taggy Tones), Duane Hobson (The Moonfires) and the Italian crooner Max Locci.