Thursday, March 25, 2010
A debut album like Forward, from saxophonist Brian Landrus, is often difficult to classify without an existing body of work as reference. But, in Landrus’ case we can base a foundation for critical analysis on the compelling testimony of unquestionable authorities, his teachers and colleagues: Bob Brookmeyer, Jerry Bergonzi and Michael Cain among others. Further confirmation of Landrus’ standing is evidenced by the fact that immediately upon completion of Forward, Bob Rusch at Cadence Records C.I.M.P. (Creative Improvised Music Projects) invited Landrus to begin production on a second recording. Landrus brings to his first recording some impressive experience. He began playing professionally at 14 and has performed with The Coasters, The Four Tops, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Martha Reeves and several Broadway shows. Landrus holds two masters of music degrees and other honors from the New England Conservatory of Music and is a member of the faculty of the 92Y School of Music in Manhattan...MORE...
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
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