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Zdenko Ivanusic

Zdenko Ivanusic, saxophone player and composer, a dynamic member of the Croatian music scene since 1990. Experience in classical music, jazz, fusion and funk allow him a unique approach in most musical settings, from a symphonic orchestra, chamber ensembles to a big band, a saxophone quartet or a small band.

As the leader of the Donna Lee Saxophone Quartet, Funk Elastic, Zdenko Ivanušić Quartet, he is focused on promoting his own compositions and original arrangements of jazz standards. In composing and playing, polyrhythmic and polytonality is frequently employed, as well as emotional intensity and improvisational clarity.

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Lost In HTML is truly an unexpected musical treasure, a gem of a recording if I ever heard one. Zdenko Ivanusic may not be familiar to the average jazz audience, but this album, his cleaver charts and a marvelous performance on the reeds, has succeeded in winning over this jazz critic after only one listen...Edward Blanco @

...his somewhat dry timbre is remindful of Greg Osby and/or Steve Coleman. He develops his absorbing solo at a deliberate pace to start, but his singing lines gradually accelerate and are soon interspersed with passionate, dissonant cries...Scott Albin @

...versatile player as comfortable on alto as he is on tenor, Ivanušić covers a surprising breadth of musical territory here, ranging from sweet, straight-ahead jazz to the Latin-informed, odd-metered modern mainstream and even a taste of funk and go-go...John Kelman @

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Free Fall
Free Fall
Zivaldo Records



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