Pippo feeling also at ease as a band-leader for the many original projects he created: BASSA TENSIONE (VVJ), ESSENTIAL TEAM (Alfa Music – Egea), THIRD, JOE ZAWINUL TRIBUTE and BASSVOICE PROJECT (Wide Sound), TRIO OSTIKO (VVJ), TREE COOL CATS (Millesuoni Records),
As a studio musician, Pippo has played on many of the most important jazz-rock and fusion albums ever produced in Italy: ROAD RUNNER (Flavio Boltro), DAY BY DAY (Agostino Marangolo), PIANO E BEAT and VINTAGE HANDS (Ernesto Vitolo), EL LUGAR and QUARZAZAT (Francesco Bruno), DIFFUSION (Andrea Marchesini), LYNDON (Rocco Zifarelli), AUGUST (Sergio Di Natale), FRONNE (Lello Panico), playing also with the legendary neapolitan band NAPOLI CENTRALE led by the singer and saxophonist JAMES SENESE.
He is currently the bass player for the RITA MARCOTULLI's band “US AND THEME”, dedicated to Pink Floyd, and has recently played on the soon-to-be-released tribute albums to MICHAEL PETRUCCIANI and JOE ZAWINUL (both recorded at CASA DEL JAZZ in Rome) and on the second BASSVOICE PROJECT's album “LOVE AND GROOVE” with the vocalist SILVIA BARBA.
He has attended almost every bass-related trade shows worldwide, such as EUROBASS DAY (Verona), LONDON GUITAR SHOW, MUSIKMESSE (Frankfurt), DISMA (Rimini), BASS DAY POLAND, BASS PLAYER LIVE (New York and Los Angeles), NAMM SHOW (Anaheim), SOUND EXPO (Verona), MUSIC ITALY SHOW (Bologna), MEET (Milan), SOL MUSIC (Palermo), SGH (Milan), sometimes in duo with other world-class players like Jeff Berlin, Dominique DiPiazza, Dario Deidda, Darryl Jones, Stu Hamm, Jonas Hellborg, Linley Marthe, Matthew Garrison, Hadrien Feraud.
Thanks to these studio and live projects he has cooperated with some of the most respected players on the international scene: Billy Cobham, Mike Stern, Stefano di Battista, Flavio Boltro, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Agostino Marangolo, Javier Girotto, Ronnie Cuber, Giovanni Imparato, Derek Wilson, Paco Sery, Rosario Giuliani, Lele Melotti, Luca Trolli, Bireli Lagrene, Roberto Gatto, Walter Calloni, Cristian Meyer, Gigi Cifarelli, Pino Iodice, Tony Scott, Cristiano Micalizzi, Antonio Faraò, Daniele Scannapieco, Eric legnini, Jean Marie Ecay, Detra Farr, Stephane Huchard, Luis Winsberg, Solis String Quartet, Andrea Beneventano, Mario Rosini, Lello Panico, Quadra band, Nico Stufano, Enzo Zirilli, Danny Gottlieb, Peter Erskine, Manatthan Trasfer, Andrea Braido, Steve Hunt, Brett Garsed, Famoudou Don Moye, Benjamin Henocq, Greg Bissonette, Robin Eubanks, Alfredo Golino, Mark Mondesir, Jorge Bezerra, Francesco Bearzatti, Dado Moroni, Peter De Girolamo, Claudio Romano, Alessio Menconi, Fabrizio Bosso,Antonello Salis, Roger Biwandu.
In 2006 he taught a masterclass at the most important music school in the world, the BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC in BOSTON. He is currently teaching at the Conservatory of Music “Nicola Sala” in Benevento and teaches clinics and masterclasses at the most important music schools and academies in Italy.
Pippo Matino is a versatile musician who can play jazz and jazz-funk, blues, rock and italian pop music. He began his long career playing with the most important musicians within the neapolitan area, then he moved to Rome, where he began a new series of projects. At the same time he took up his solo career, recording his first record “BASSA TENSIONE” (1993) with the label VIA VENETO JAZZ, the first record even for the label itself, created by the unforgettable Biagio Pagano just in order to produce this record that, thanks to songs like DOCTOR MIKE and BASS SONG FOR NAPOLI, became quickly an icon for the young bassists of those days. He has led, with the guitar player Rocco Zifarelli and the cuban drummer Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, an Italo-Cuban trio and, at the same time, he was leading the ESSENTIAL TEAM, a band who featured, one after the other, the drummers Pietro Iodice, Sergio Di Natale, Claudio Romano, and the saxophonists Rosario Giuliano, Javier Girotto or Giulio Martino, and the trombonist Roberto Schiano (Skianovic), showing, in both bands, a brilliant jazz-rock-funk music with a huge influence from the classic mediterranean melodies.
He has played with several italian pop artists: Mietta, Enzo Gragnaniello, Alex Britti, Anonimo Italiano, Drupi, Gloria Gaynor, Giorgia, Amedeo Minghi, Baraonna, Stefano Borgia, Nino Buonocore, Nino D’Angelo, Joe Barbieri, Irene Grandi, Loredana Bertè, Neri per Caso, Francesco Baccini, Eduardo De Crescenzo, Linda, Nicky Nicolai, Mario Rosini, Rossana Casale, Raiz.