16 January 1941, Belluno, Italy. Moving to France as a child, Romano studied guitar before teaching himself drums. Employment with the local modern groups led by Barney Wilen and Michel Portal led to Romano playing with visiting Americans including Jackie McLean, Bud Powell and Stan Getz, but it was playing with the Don Cherry group in 1963 that convinced him that free jazz was to be his chosen path. During the late 60s Romano drummed for Carla Bley, Gato Barbieri and Steve Lacy. Joachim Kuhn and Jean-Luc Ponty, whose bands featured Romano at the turn of the decade, were both experimenting with jazz rock, and in 1971 Romano formed his own rock group in which he sang and played guitar. The 70s saw him with fusioneers, Pork Pie, and recording with Francois Jeanneau and Enrico Rava. During the 80s Romano looked back to his earlier style, to the small-group free music of the 60s. He expressed his fondness for this music in a sleevenote: I have said a number of times that if Ornette [ Coleman ] had been Italian, he would have composed La Traviata .
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.