Where I Come From (Firma Video Entertainment FVE/CD-001)
Marko Djordjevic (drums),
Janek Gwizdala (trumpet), Brad Mason (flugelhorn, trumpet), Elliot Mason (bass trumpet, trombone), Aaron Goldberg (piano), Gregoire Maret (harmonica), Lanty Muncan (synth), Lionel Loueke (guitar), Matt Pavolka (acoustic bass, trombone).
Composed by Marko Djordjevic.
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Serbian drummer Marko Djordjevic has been leading the Sveti fusion group in some form or another since the early 1990s. Djordjevic is a busy guy with the sticks. That describes his drumming, not his gig load. This guy gets after it. He is all over the kit and probably on other things too. The main melodic thrust of "Dundjer" is supplied by the brothers Elliot and Brad Mason. They are advertised as great individual musicians but even better as a team. One listen to their horn interplay will verify such claims. There is a bit of early Miles Davis fusion on display in the guitar riffs, chords and spatial quality. (Think A Tribute to Jack Johnson and Live-Evil for the guitar; think Billy Cobham's Crosswinds and Spectrum for the drumming and a few horn and guitar riffs.) Despite the heritage of most of the musicians, the tune has fewer Eastern European stylistic influences than one might expect. Due to the sound blast, I am not quite sure all of the above listed musicians perform on this cut, but whoever is playing is virtuosic. Sveti produces a compelling sound. Anyone interested in progressive jazz, jazz-fusion or world music will find the band's work worthy of shelf space or a few megabytes of download capacity.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky