Zvonimir Tot: Travels and Dreams (2004)
Take, for example, “Song for my Mother (Pesma Za Moju Majku)," a melodic duo on which Tot and Tountas trade relaxed solos. Another outstanding ballad, “The Rainbow Bridge,” in 3/4 time, showcases the solo talent of all the quartet’s members. The pace picks up substantially on “King’s Ransom,” a burner featuring Zvonimor’s dynamic chord changes and devilishly quick single-note vamps. On “A Sketch for Libby,” a short three-minute tune, Zvonimir, finds a way to include a variety of styles: gypsy folk music, American blues, and a small touch of flamenco.
Because of his eclectic style it’s impossible to compare Zvonimir to other great jazz guitarist such as Joe Pass, Jesse van Ruller, Bucky Pizzarelli, Joshua Breakstone, or Pat Metheny. Suffice it to say that Travels and Dreams is a remarkable disc and Zvonimir Tot is someone deserving far greater recognition.
Track Listing: 1-Jungle Walk 2-Magician's Kingdom 3-Pamela's song 4-Voda Zvira 5-Maki 6-The Poet 7-Song for my Mother 8-The Rainbow Bridge 9-King's Ranson 10-A Sketch for Libby 11-Who Shot the Guitarist? 12-Arsen
Personnel: Zvonimir Tot, guitar; Art Davis, trumpet; Rusty Jones, drums; Nick Tountas, bass.
Record Label: Independent Records