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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

CD Review - Tommaso Starace Quartet: Simply 'Marvellous'

Tommaso Starace (alt/sop); Michele Di Toro (pno); Attillo Zanchi (bs); Tommy Bradascio (dms) + Roger Beaujolais (vbs); Fabrizio Bosso (tpt/flug).
(Review by Lance.)
Two of last years highlights were reviewing Italian saxist Starace's previous CD Blood and Champagne and hearing his quartet live at a JNE gig in the Chilli. That latter event was enlivened by some outstanding pianistics from Michele Di Toro and I'm pleased to report he is in equally good form here as is leader Starace.
It's a themed CD - a celebration of the music of the late Michel Petrucciani

Petrucciani, as well as being an outstanding pianist was, on the strength of these compositions (or songs as he flippantly dismissed them as), a composer out of the very top draw. That he left us so young is but another of jazz's tragedies.
However, his music is brilliantly kept alive and celebrated by this quartet with, on several tracks the bonus of Roger Beaujolais on vibes and Fabrizio Bosso on trumpet and flugel.
They're quirky "songs" that take the players into all sorts of situations that they never fail to resolve. 
Starace has the most beautiful of tones and a fluency of execution to die for - no pun intended. Di Toro reminds us of how he took the Chilli by storm last year. The piano/soprano duet on Little Peace in C for You can only be described as utterly charming whilst Simply Bebop, and My Bebop Tune fit into the idiom without sounding dated and show trumpet player Bosso off to advantage. Bass and drums keep the ship afloat and Beaujolais gives a vintage performance on those tracks where he's featured - the closing Cantabile just one of the many highlights.
The leader provided the title track Marvellous - the only non Petrucciani piece - as a tribute and indeed it is most worthy.
Starace tours next February - check out his website.
Lance.

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