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Tommaso Starace: Italian Short Stories

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Some musicians appear to conjure their tunes from thin air, others work with raw material furnished by the great composers, still others take their inspirations from many different sources and give them due acknowledgement. Saxophonist Tommaso Starace is in the latter camp. This lyrical, engaging, player's second album, Tommaso Starace Plays The Photos Of Elliot Erwitt (Frame Records, 2006), drew on eight photographs by this master of the camera. For Italian Short Stories Starace returns to this source of inspiration. ...


Tommaso Starace: Simply Marvellous

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Saxophonist Tommaso Starace is not a man to keep his influences hidden, nor does he simply take inspiration from the saxophone greats. The tunes on Plays The Music Of Elliott Erwitt (Frame, 2006) were inspired by a series of pictures from one great photographer; another, Robert Capa, inspired the title track of Blood And Champagne (Music Center Real, 2011). The gorgeous Simply Marvellous celebrates the life and work of another of Starace's favorites, the much-admired and loved pianist Michel Petrucciani ...


Tommaso Starace Quartet: Blood & Champagne

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Somewhere in a parallel universe far, far away Tommaso Starace is fêted as one of the finest saxophonists in contemporary jazz. It's the only way to explain why Starace remains so underrated on this little world. Blood & Champagne, his fourth album, should bring Planet Earth into line. Starace has a distinctive, hard-edged, tone and a style that brings together elements of the bop and post-bop greats right back to Charlie Parker. He creates an intense and exciting sound with, ...


Tommaso Starace: Plays The Photos Of Elliott Erwitt

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Here's further evidence of the fact that there's a whole lot of mileage left in the modern mainstream. There's a slightly acidic quality to Tommaso Starace's alto sax, which serves among other things to set him at some distance from many of the more common influences. On the level of a player, then, this puts him in a good position, especially in view of the fact that his work on the soprano sax might be described as akin to a ...

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