Carlo Actis Dato

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Carlo Actis Dato (born March 21, 1952, in Turin) is an Italian jazz saxophonist and composer. His Actis quartet toured worldwide in the 1990s. [1]



As leader

Carlo Actis Dato quartet

  • Noblesse Oblige (Splasch, 1986)
  • Oltremare (Splasch, 1987)
  • Ankara twist (Splasch, 1989)
  • Badge Boogie (Splasch, 1992)
  • Blue Cairo (Splasch, 1995)
  • Ginosa Jungle (Splasch, 1998)
  • Delhi Mambo (Germany, YVP 1998)
  • Fes Montuno (Germany, YVP 2000)
  • Istanbul Rap (Germany, YVP 2002)
  • Swingin Hanoi (Splasch, 2003)
  • Dolce Vita-Musique Vivante (DeeDee, 2006)
  • World Tour (CAD, 2009)
  • 2010 (CAD, 2010)
  • Sin Fronteras (LeoR, 2012)

Actis band

  • Son para el Che (Splasc(h), 1997)
  • Don Quijote (Splasc(h), 2001)
  • Garibaldi (Leo Records, 2002)
  • On tour (Splasc(h), 2004
  • Allende(Leo Records, 2005)
  • Cina ! (Leo Records, 2007)


  • Urartu (LeoR, 1994)
  • The Moonwalker (LeoR, 2000)

Atipico Trio

  • Where the reeds dare (splasc(h), 1990)
  • Gone with the winds (Splasch(h), 1996)
  • Allegro con brio (LeoR, 2004)
  • Eqqueqquà ! (LeoR, 2010)

Actis Furioso

  • Avanti popolo ! (Splasc(h),2005)
  • World People (LeoR, 2008)

ActisDato/Rocco DUO

  • Paso Doble (Splasc(h), 1997) with Enzo Rocco - guitar
  • Paella & Norimaki (Splasc(h), 2000)
  • Domestic Rehearsal (cdBaby, 2011)

Martinez/Actis Dato DUO

  • Folklore Imaginario (LeoR, 2004) with Baldo Martinez - double bass
  • Sounds from the earth (Universal, 2010)

As sideman


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  1. Stefano Zenni, "Carlo Actis Dato". the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz . 2nd edition, ed. Barry Kernfeld.