Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Zdenko Ivanusic Quartet - Free Fall

In late 2009 Zdenko Ivanusic, Zagreb jazz saxophonist (tenor, alto, soprano and flute) and composer, released Free Fall, his fourth album for Zivaldo Records. While not well-known in the U.S., Ivanusic has garnered well-deserved respect in Eastern Europe and praise for previous recordings such as 2007’s Lost in HTML and particularly for the composition “Four Odd” from that album. He was also honored with the Third Annual Fame Games Effigy Award in 2009. Ivanusic has an extensive musical background and has been a force in Croatian contemporary music for 20 years as leader and sideman in jazz combos, as alto chair in the Croatian Army Symphonic Wind Orchestra and as lead alto in HGM Jazz Orchestra Zagreb. The other three members of the quartet, all active and prominent jazz musicians in Croatia and beyond, are: Elvis Penava, guitar; Borna Sercar, drums; and Zvonimir Bucevic Buc, bass. Ivanusic is accomplished on the entire family of saxophones, but on Free Fall we hear him exclusively on alto. The ten tracks contain tastes of free jazz, blues, fusion, New Orleans funk, and Latin in an overall mainstream jazz context...MORE

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