Matija Dedic’s autonomous spirit is channeled into his piano keys shaping notes that zig and zag up and down, over and across the melodic progressions along the breadth of his new CD Sentiana from Blue Bamboo Music label. With ten original tracks composed by Dedic and one standard written by Bronislaw Kaper and Ned Washington, Dedic is joined by Antonio Sanchez on drums and Scott Colley on bass.
Dedic’s keys vibrate with the sparkling luster of champagne in the title track as the bass and drum combo sputter and dash capriciously. The album takes a turn in “Plan B” ambling into an on-going stream of frothy formations conjured up by Dedic’s free flowing keys furling with stunning nimbleness. Colley’s bass notes create a foamy undercurrent in “Coutlet” as Dedic’s keys pave a serpentine path along the melodic swells. The satiny texture of the keys in the jazz standard “Green Dolphin Street” has a quixotic feel in its lyrical prose crafting a series of tuneful cascades that come in intermittently against the lulls.
The low notes of the bass span the stretch of “Deep” harvesting a dramatic vibe as the trembling keys move up and down the melodic scale producing billowing flusters. The length of the track resembles an epic saga for the keys threading multiple expressions back to back. The bales of curt notes yarned from the keys in “Stella by Skylark” has a sprightly tone and pulsating tempo which soften to a serenely sounding score through “Freerony.” The bubbly bass brackets the fluctuations in the keys along “Uncle M” switching to a scintillating glide across “6 Umbrella’s” imbuing a candelabra atmosphere. The palatial, candelabra-tinged ambience continues into “Helia” as Dedic’s keys create a sonically pleasing prose with trickling notes and melodic patterns that project a sentimental flare.
Sentiana is Dedic’s third full-length release. The recording showcases the nimbleness and elasticity of his phrasing and his instincts for forming melodic expressions that pervade a sentimental flare. His affinity for improvisational patterns manifest into a lyrical prose that stimulates and pacifies the aural senses. His experience working with such luminaries in jazz as Benny Golson, Roy Haynes, and Jose Feliciano among many others provided him with the training to structure compositions, though it’s his talent for piano improvisation that distinguishes from the flock.
Matija Dedic – piano, Antonio Sanchez – drums, and Scott Colley – bass
Sentiana, Plan B, Coutlet, Green Dolphin Street, Deep, Stella by Skylark, Freerony, Uncle M, 6 Umbrella’s, Bremen, Helia