Monday, May 15, 2017

Srdjan Ivanovic Blazin' Quartet - La mer, la pierre, la terre, l'oiseau (2017)

Blending oriental musical philosophy with the adventurousness of Jazz, Blazin' Quartet has created a unique sound, ranging from melodic to rhythmic, concrete to abstract and acoustic to electronic. Surprising audiences and critics since their debut, they have won several prizes (Dutch Jazz Competition in 2008 a.o.) and have since toured in Europe, Asia and America. Previously they have recorded two albums on Challenge Records, Finding A Way (2010) and Jalkan Bazz (2012). 

In a new line-up, featuring Christophe Panzani on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Andreas Polyzogopoulos on trumpet and Mihail Ivanov on bass, the group has produced their third album, La mer, la pierre, la terre, l'oiseau (Coolabel/Absilone). Guests on the album are guitarist Federico Casagrande as well as bassists Marc Buronfosse and Timothee Robert and the singer Jovana Krstevska. 

The drummer Srdjan Ivanovic wrote the music of this new album in the period of the last four years, inspired not only by the music he wrote for theatre and film in this period and but also, as the titles and the melodies suggest, the journeys and the adventures of his favorite heroes, Zorba from Kazantzakis celbrated novel and Alija Djerzelez, the bosnian (anti) hero from the stories of writer Ivo Andric. The imaginary meeting of these characters is a glimpse on Srdjan's own story, a refugee of the war in Bosnia that grew up in Greece.

1. All Of The Above 05:35
2. La mer, la pierre, la terre, l'oiseau 05:55
3. Ubavka intro 01:45
4. Ubavka 07:04
5. The Travels of Alija Djerzelez 04:42
6. Marina's Song 06:19
7. Het Eind 03:52
8. Debrani 07:03
9. Marina's Song (alternate take) 07:03
10. On the Blue Seaside 02:27

Christophe Panzani – Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Electronics 
Andreas Polyzogopoulos – Trumpet, Effects 
Mihail Ivanov – Bass 
Srdjan Ivanovic – Drums, Electronics