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Nocturnal Four: Life On Earth

Read "Life On Earth" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

What's in a band name? Sometimes, absolutely nothing; but in this case, a world of truth. Croatian guitarist Ratko Zjaca's Nocturnal Four infuses his music with vespertine vibes and shrouds it in shadows, living up to its name while carving out its own identity on an absorbing program calling to the moonlight.

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Eloisa Manera

Read "Eloisa Manera" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Simone Zanchini -Don't Try This Anywhere -(In&Out Records -2015).
Disco sublime suonato da un quintetto di primissimo ordine. Il virtuoso e creativo Simone Zanchini è spalleggiato da Stefano Bedetti, straordinario sassofonista romagnolo e Ratko Zjaca, chitarrista croato che si inserisce con grande intelligenza nell'impasto sonoro del gruppo. Condisce il tutto una ritmica di prim'ordine, ...

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ZZ Quartet: Beyond the Lines

Read "Beyond the Lines" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Croatian guitarist Ratko Zjaca and Italian accordionist Simone Zanchini hit artistic pay dirt when they teamed up for The Way We Talk (In + Out Records, 2010). They joined forces with Macedonian bassist Martin Gjakonovski and American drummer Adam Nussbaum for that album, creating a cross-cultural blend of music that speaks to specific musical idiosyncracies and ...

ZZ Quartet: Beyond the Lines

Read "Beyond the Lines" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The group is called the ZZ Quartet, and no, it is not an expansion of the famed blues rock trio from Texas, ZZ Top. Beyond the Lines is the brainchild of the leaders--the Zs of the ZZ Quartet--accordion master Simone Zanchini and guitarist Ratko Zjaca. And their music isn't rock, though elements of the genre surface, ...

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Ratko Zjaca: Now & Then: A Portrait

Read "Now & Then: A Portrait" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Boiling a decade's worth of work down to one CD must be a frustrating yet gratifying process. Frustration likely surrounds the idea of reducing ten years of blood, sweat, composing and performing into a single package, but the recorded evidence of one's artistic growth and reach is the ultimate reward. Such is the case with the ...

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Ratko Zjaca / Simone Zanchini: The Way We Walk

Read "The Way We Walk" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Jazz musicians are, in essence and practice, explorers and high-wire artists. The finest improvising players use their instruments to mine the dimensions of sound, rhythm and emotional perception, doing so without a safety net. Like its keyboard cousin the piano, the accordion as an instrument that challenges its players to explore the technical and harmonic universes ...

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Ratko Zjaca - Simone Zanchini: The Way We Talk

Read "The Way We Talk" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

The Way We Talk - “Il nostro modo di parlare" - è l'emblematico titolo del CD d'esordio di questo quartetto che fa della molteplicità di radici, geografiche e musicali, la propria peculiarità e ricchezza. Capitanato dal chitarrista Ratko Zjaca, croato stanziato a Rotterdam, e dal fisarmonicista Simone Zanchini, il quartetto è completato alla ritmica dalla batteria del newyorkese Adam Nussbaum e ...

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Ratko Zjaca / Simone Zanchini: The Way We Talk

Read "The Way We Talk" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Little more than a year ago, the great Croation guitarist, Ratko Zjaca, released the terrific Continental Talk (In + Out Records 2009) with his longtime collaborator, saxophonist, Stanislav Mitrovic, and some all-star American support. Not content to follow even a highly successful formula, Zjaca has teamed with Italian accordionist Simone Zanchini, Macedonian bassist Martin Gjakonovski and ...

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Ratko Zjaca / Simone Zanchini: The Way We Talk

Read "The Way We Talk" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Ratko Zjaca's previous albums have been cross-cultural affairs, with top-flight American jazz musicians joining the Croatian guitarist on his musical journeys. While these players have vastly different backgrounds, Zjaca's music has acted as a binding agent, allowing these disparate musical personalities to coalesce into a solid working unit that moves together in service of the ...

Ratko Zjaca: Continental Talk

Read "Continental Talk" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

When a group's credentials include bassist John Patitucci, drummer Steve Gadd and trumpeter Randy Brecker, it's not an unreasonable expectation to hear some quality jazz. What may be more surprising is that leader, guitarist and composer, Ratko Zjaca and his longtime collaborator, saxophonist, Stanislav Mitrovic, steal the show on Continental Talk. This revelation is almost entirely ...