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Swing Again - Just the Way We Feel It

Swing Again – Just the Way We Feel It

Swing Again is a Croatian jazz octet based in Zagreb. The ensemble has horns section of two trumpets, tenor saxophone and trombone accompanied by standard rhythm section. Also, there are a couple of guest singers regularly performing with the band and the most frequent are Maja Ištvanić and Adalbert Turner Juci. Swing Again plays jazz standards, some popular music and original jazz compositions. Most of the repertoire is arranged by band leader Ante Reljić and there are some written by previous leader/drummer Josip Cvitanović. Continue reading

The Piece for Saxophone & Piano

The Piece – For Alto Saxophone and Piano

The Piece, composition for alto saxophone and piano is finished. I drafted this one a long time ago, somewhere in 2010, and it was sitting unfinished until recently. This is a short compositionlasting only about two minutes, and is quite simple formally. Partly it is influenced by John Coltrane harmony, but it is intended to be approached in a classical style by legit players. This piece would be a nice addition to any classical saxophone player’s repertoire. Continue reading

Funk Elastic Band

Funk Elastic New Music

As I relaunched the Funk Elastic project with new music last year, after ten years of inactivity, we released three instrumental singles in 2020. This relaunch was greatly catalyzed by lack of live gigs and work with other bands, due to the Covid-19 virus. In 2021 we are planning to release four new singles, three more instrumentals Continue reading

Zdenko Ivanusic Meets IBMCs

Zdenko Ivanušić Meets IBMCs

Zdenko Ivanusic meets IBMCs – jazz/hip-hop edition is a project made as a collaboration with IBMCs digital label. The album is based on a selection of compositions from my discography and features six producers/beatmakers. Zdenko Ivanusic meets IBMCs project includes eight original tracks selected from my solo albums Lost in HTML, Free Fall, albums Four Odd, Mellow with Donna Lee Saxophone Quartet and Funk Elastic single Soul Face, plus six remixes/remakes made by IBMCs family producers. Continue reading

Croatian Army Big Band with Miljenko Prohaska (1997)

Croatian Army Band Dilema @ KDVL

Croatian Army Big Band performs Dilema, composition by Miljenko Prohaska at jazz festival Proljetna revija jazza in April, 1998 at Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, Zagreb.

Miljenko Prohaska was a famous Croatian composer/arranger and bandleader. He was longtime leader and artistic director of Radio Zagreb Dance Orchestra (the present-day Croatian Radiotelevision Jazz Orchestra). In this particular occasion the army big band had bigger rendition, called  “Sympho” Big Band, with additional brass and woodwinds instruments. Continue reading

John Coltrane

An Interview with John Coltrane by Frank Kofsky

An Interview with John Coltrane – interviewed by Frank Kofsky

One afternoon in November 1966, Frank Kofsky took the train out to Long Island, he was about to spend the day with John Coltrane. Kofsky brought his tape recorder and what we get to hear is the conversation the two men had as they drove through town and made a few stops along the way. Below is video sample from Blank on Blank YouTube channel. Continue reading

Mr. Dynamite @ Vodice Jazz Festival (2017)

Mr. Dynamite @ Vodice Jazz & Blues Festival (2017)

Mr. Dynamite – Vodice Jazz & Blues Festival 07/2017

Ervin Baučić – vocal
Zdenko Ivanušić – alto sax
Vanja Ileković – tenor sax
Ivan Mučić – trombone
Zoran Jex Jaeger – guitar
Zvonimir Bučević Buč – bass
Marko Duvnjak – drums

Song’s clips in the movie: Cold Sweat, Shake Everything You’ve Got, I Got You (I Feel Good)
Sound engineering and video recording by Vatroslav Mlinar Continue reading