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by Dan McClenaghan
Croatian pianist Matija Dedic opens his Dedicated with the extraordinarily lovely and wistful Symphoetetic Waltz." Saxophonist Chris Cheek's sweet saxophone floats like an angel over this chamber jazz esthetic. Pianist Dedic tells this--and all of the stories on the disc--with a crystal clear clarity. Upping the chamber jazz mood, cellist Noah Hoffeld enters on His Visit" stringing out long elastic lines that absorb the low end throbs of Johannes Weidmueller's bass, while the leader's piano separates the tale into succinct ...read more
by Nenad Georgievski
Recorded just two weeks after his father's passing, Matija svira Arsena (or Matija Plays the Music of Arsen) by jazz pianist Matija Dedic is a moving tribute to Arsen Dedic, the renowned Croatian singer, songwriter, writer, translator and composer. Probably there is a plethora of artists today who are too easily compared to some of the most renowned artists of our times, songwriters like Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, but none of them in reality could get close to the ...read more
by Dan Bilawsky
Croatian pianist Matija Dedić demonstrates exquisite taste in selecting trio mates for his projects. His debut--From The Beginning (Dallas Records, 2009)--brought him into contact with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, best known for their work in pianist Brad Mehldau's acclaimed trio. The follow-up record--M.D. In N.Y.C. (Origin Records, 2011)--found him working with bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Kendrick Scott, a pair that's done fine work together with pianist Danny Grissett. On a portion of this album, his third ...read more