Matija Dedic - Sentiana (2014) MP3/Flac
Artist: Matija Dedic - Sentiana
Title Of Album: Matija Dedic - Sentiana
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Blue Bamboo Music
Genre: Jazz: Piano
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 53:38
Total Size: 125 Mb
Covers: Front & Back
01. Sentiana ( 4:01)
02. Plan B ( 4:20)
03. Coutlett ( 4:02)
04. Green Dolphin Street ( 5:21)
05. Deep (10:09)
06. Stella By Skylark ( 2:43)
07. Freerony ( 3:18)
08. Uncle M ( 5:06)
09. 6 Umbrellas ( 2:24)
10. Bremen ( 8:47)
11. Helia ( 3:20)
The classically trained, Croatian born pianist Matija Dedic certainly wears his Euro-classical heritage on his sleeve, and why not Putting that heritage together with a potent American rhythm section can be an exciting collision of Old World jazz with New World jazz.
And so it is with Sentiana, Dedics third and latest album, featuring Yankee bassist Scott Colley and Pat Methenys prime drummer from Mexico City, Antonio Sanchez. The other distinction of Sentiana is that this is one that showcases Dedics aptitude for composing; ten of these eleven songs are his. Some people might expect a certain stuffiness from an Old World guy, but that doesnt describe Dedic. His playfulness often goes hand-in-hand with his pursuit of some choral notion or a good swift, knotted riff.
The touch he applies on Sentiana gives it superb flow with dramatic moments that bracket lithe progressions. Sometimes it feels like a classic ECM piano trio recording and other times Chick Corea. Regardless of what it evokes, its clear that Dedic has chops. Making good use of the immense talent, Colleys taut, bouncy bass lines match the pianists own virtuosity and Sanchez solos underneath to power the trio right up to the conclusion.
Coutlett begins with quick-paced, stop/start action that can test the togetherness of any group, but these guys got this. Colley launches a solo early on, cooling down the hot start, and Dedics rapid right-hand runs are followed by Sanchezs controlled rumbling. Uncle M is bop updated with plenty of modernity, Dedic swings with effusiveness, after which Colley solos with a few Sanchez asides tossed in. Still, the piano improvising on Bremen is the most tireless and stimulating of all.
Dedic & Co. stretch out the most on Deep a tune thats classically inclined, dramatic, and floating without tempo, save for a couple of brief, rhumba type moments. It even slides into a brief free jazz excursion at one point.
A full half dozen of these performances are done by Dedic alone. Green Dolphin Street is treated well with a stately, European interpretation. Other solo pieces, like Plan B and Helia lay Dedics pretty, twisting melodies to bare, rendered with the flair and dexterity of a master concert pianist.
With heavy hitters like Antonio Sanchez and Scott Colley prominently headlined on the CD cover, perhaps a few more trio tracks and a couple less piano-only tracks could have made Sentiana live up to the billing a little better. Then again, its hard to against Dedics prowess as a solo performer, too. In either setting, he delivers the goods. ~S. Victor Aaron
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