'Starace firma quattro sue composizioni che ben si integrano con quello che ha scelto per completare il lungo album, in un lavoro di editing molto curato'.
'.... the title Blood & Champagne, conjuring up as it does life's intoxicating intensity, is well chosen: this is a heady, exuberant but affecting album'.
'The title track is a tribute to war photographer Robert Capa and is fast and edgy but quite absorbing..'
Anyone who has experienced a glissando of language on the streets of Italy will understand the utter exuberance with which Italian-born Starace attacks and runs with the language of music
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso - Cinema Theme is a track from the composer Ennio Morricone whom Tommaso admires and pays him a tribute through his saxophone work that creates an arrangement that is moving and
Besides being impressed by the standard of musicianship I was also impressed by Starace’s qualities as a writer
More modern jazz from Birmingham Conservatoire trained Tommaso, this time with an extraordinarily talented British backing group and an exceptionally gifted recording engineer who is additionally a v
Starace with his fluent, effortless sound proved to be one of the outstanding instrumentalists of the whole festival.
'Having seen Tommaso Starace live recently, I can thoroughly recommend him as bright toned altoist, best described as a latter Phil Woods'
Blood & Champagne album review
'Oxford is blessed to garner such talent'
'He soars assertively when needed, cajoles and caresses with molto lyricism on the ballads and demonstrates unequivocally that it is possible for contemporary jazz to be accessible'.
Title for this review: 'Tommaso Starace is an emerging jazz bandleader with great promise'.
'Ne scaturisce un disco dall'appeal immediato, che unisce espressività passionale ad una sua leggerezza che si fa ascoltare e riascoltare sempre con gusto..'