“Just listened to your album again right through.
Absolutely beautiful playing... From you and the rest of the band.
The ensemble sounds lovely, and the compositions work really really well and serve to accentuate the respective skills of each member.
I'm a big fan Francesco... I know exactly how well you play, but you're playing better!!! The other guys I'm hearing for the first time, and they've knocked me out. Plus, you sound like a completely cohesive ensemble. This is the best new CD I've heard in a while, and even more powerful that I know you've been a big part in it.”
— John Wheatcroft (Guitar Techniques, Guitar-x, Carl Palmer )
“There is a strong Mediterranean, even Italian, melodic feel to the music, combined with contemporary jazz. Overall, this makes for a very relaxing, almost laid-back, pleasant listen.The quintet all deliver some excellent soloing, very much in the letter and the spirit of the title. With perhaps the most experience, the highly versatile Manzin stands out with his fluid, imaginative improvs. However, that is not to say that especially Lo Castro and Minardi lag behind, far from it. Lo Castro here provides some of the 'coolest' and most relaxed nylon string guitar around, with a distinctive style all his own.A thoroughly consistent album, Imrofives is highly compelling and attractive. There is a certain charm about it that keeps one almost mesmerised. Much further.Roberto Manzin / Francesco Lo Castro's Imrofives is a cut above the rest and should be compulsory for any connoisseur of highly melodic jazz.”
— Rainlore's World of Music/Rainlore.
“Just been listening to your band (Improfives). You've developed into a really great jazz guitar player: a mature balance of technical flair and musicality"”
— Shaun Baxter (Carl Palmer, Guitar Techniques Magazine)