Sunday, October 20, 2013
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Ratko Zjaca
Album:Now & Then: A Portrait
If you're a jazz guitar fan, you may not have heard of Ratko Zjaca but you should probably check him out. This CD is a comp of his recordings to date. Zjaca was born in Croatia and studied at Zagreb University and then The Rotterdam Conservatory in The Netherlands. Then he moved to New York and led his own band and was a member of trumpeter Benny Bailey's band. He moved back to Europe and signed with the German jazz label In & Out Records and recorded his first CD A Day in Manhattan in 2000 with veteran musicians Reggie Workman and Al Foster. Kandinsky Night is from the 2011 CD The Way We Talk. This is Zjaca's main band known as ZZ Quartet with Italian accordionist Simone Zanchini, bassist Martin Gjakonovski and drummer Adam Nussbaum. The song is a tribute to legendary bassist and Weather Report co-founder Miroslav Vitous. Now & Then was released in 2012 and it is a comp of Zjaca's solo recordings. it's a good intro to his music. Miroslav Vitous, Steve Gadd and Randy Brecker are among the musicians who appear on this CD. Zjaca's latest CD Beyond The Lines was released a few months ago under the name ZZ Quartet. Here's Ratko Zjaca with the ZZ Quartet performing Kandinsky Night at Spring Jazz in Italy 2011.