Zvonimir Tot’s Jazz Stringtet: Sarabande Blue (album review by Christa V.)

Zvonimir Tot is a very accomplished classical and jazz guitarist. Here he combines these two talents by getting together a string quartet to play with him on guitar. Most pieces are composed, but some is improvised as well in jazz style! The result is a fascinating new sound that brings together the gorgeous sound of classical strings with all the fun and swing of a jazz tune. The opening track sounds exploratory with the sweeping strings complemented by the rich guitar work. In contrast, “Fuga Longa, Vita Brevis” has a more stately, classical feel to it. Track 7, “Blue Quest,” along with the closing number, “Brother Nicolau,” both blend together jazz and classical sounds in a dazzling way that makes you want to dance. And also wonder how Tot managed to pull this delicious meld of styles off! Favorite tracks: 1, 4, 7, 10

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