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With Sparks there is certainly the promise of more incendiary music making still to come from Stafano’s impressive new trio.Ian Patterson - All About Jazz
Speed and elegance are the trademarks of the Italian pianist Pasquale Stafano. The opener “Sparks”, which gives the album its name, really makes sparks fly at breakneck speed, at the same time Stafano maintains his composure.Rolf Thomas - Jazz Thing Magazine (DE)
An overwhelming and impacting wave of sound energy, rhythmic with great communicative impetuosity, interpretative vigor, in which there are also more seraphic, contemplative moments, which invite to a deep reflection.Stefano Dentice - Strumenti & Musica Magazine
Pasquale Stafano must be an intense dreamer, one of those who continually create images by extracting them from the imagination and transforming them in real objects through music. […] Stafano manages to give a superb artistic form to all this by outlining a world of unbelieveble beauty.Riccardo Talamazzi - Off Topic Magazine
A great album as the title suggests, the tunes are rhythmically lively and flashy, arranged in sometimes odd-numbered order.Hiroki Sugita - Jazz Japan
Lyricism, odd and articulated metric combinations without being cerebral, art rock hints: Esbjorn Svensson would have envied him a lot.Guido Festinese - Il Manifesto (IT)
Sparks will definitely open a lot of ears..Mike Jurkovic - All About Jazz

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Pasquale Stafano, pianist, composer and arranger after his studies and degrees in classical piano and jazz at “Umberto Giordano” Music Conservatory in Foggia (Italy), he started the musical career playing with his projects in Italy, Russia, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal, Poland, Croatia, Romania, Hungary, Lithuania, Belgium, Netherlands, Slovakia, Morocco, China, Hong Kong, Arab Emirates, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan. He collaborates with some of the best contemporary jazz musicians like Javier Girotto, Gabriele Mirabassi, Fabrizio Bosso, Valtinho Anastacio, Max Ionata, Roberto Ottaviano, Michele Rabbia, Kiwha Lee, Yeahwon Shin, Adam Baldych. Pasquale recorded seven albums as leader, the last one is Sparks released on 24th September 2021 by Enja Records. His composition entitled Milonguita was arranged and recorded by “12 Cellist der Berliner Philharmoniker”, all members of the most famous Orchestra, in their new album called “Hora Cero” released in May 2016 by Sony Classics. He held workshops and masterclasses at University in Italy, South Korea, Switzerland,Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Thailand.

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