Sketches Of Yugoslavia

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Catalog: ENJ-9673

Stief, Bo; Inzalaco, Tony; Goykovich, Dusko; Stephenson, Ronnie; North German Radio Big Band; Pauer, Fritz; Trunk, Peter

For Dusko Goykovich the topic was not Spain as it was for Miles Davis/Gil Evans but Yugoslavia. In accordance to the cosmopolitan experience of a jazz musician who succeeded as a tiny light out of the South-European province after his studies in Belgrade to join first in Germany the orchestras from Max Greger to Kurt Edelhagen and later in the US to be on stage of the Newport Festival as well as to study in Boston. It was the music which crossed borders and as Goykovich already as New Comer commanded profound virtuosity with the directness of musicality he developed to become one of the leading voices of European Straight Ahead Jazz, opposing the contemporary avantgarde desire with the power of melody and the idea to let the regional roots slip into the grand form. When Goykovich was given the chance 1973 and 1974 to record with his prominent band and the brass and woodwind sections of the NDR Radio Orchestra Hannover, he conjured his Balkan Jazz Suite out of the drawer. He employed an old companion of the late Fifties to do the arrangements, Hans Hammerschmid who had studied with Eddie Sauter and earned his living as film composer or artistic supervisor to actress Hildegard Knef’s projects. Together with the experience which Goykovich learned with the engagements with band leader Maynard Ferguson, in the sets with the grooving Kenny Clarke – Boland Big Band or with the post-bop Woody Herman orchestra and exudes a mix of secrecy with the creative point of reference, the great Gil Evans. The eight-part suite resulted which was mostly stimulated by harmonic colorings and harmonic colorings and melodic lines of folkloristic motives of Balkan music.

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