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VASIL HADZIMANOV BAND

Jazz Rock/Fusion • Serbia


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VASIL HADZIMANOV BAND is a collective formed in 1997 in Belgrade, Serbia. The mastermind behind it is Vasil Hadzimanov - a Berclee scholar and a piano & keyboard player who fuses various aspects of Balkan folk music(s) and jazz fusion, with heavy emphasis on percussion and keyboard tapestries.

The band's permanent line-up is comprised of variety of renowned Serbian musicans of younger generation: Vlada Samardzić on electric bass, Srđan Johnny' Dunkić on drums, Bojan Ivković on various percussions as well as vocals and scat.

Aside from a quartet core of the collective, there's a number of guest musicans with whom VASIL HADZIMANOV BAND is collaborating frequently, such are Brankica Vasić, Teodosii Spasov, Antonio Kitanovski and Orhan Maslo.

Often cited as a Balkan-focused variant of Zawinul's music - such a tag is not untrue, but it's doing injustice the band's variety of styles and it's unique chemistry, which is developing it's own identification on the world's jazz fusion map: beside already mentioned Balkan music varieties and jazz fusion, the band is dabbing with electronics, swing, experimental musical forms, funk, soul, African music, rock, folk, country and improvisational & free jazz.

Their music is highly recommended, especially their live performances.



Moris Mateljan, 2010.

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4.00 | 1 ratings
11 razloga za...
2001
4.00 | 2 ratings
Kafanki
2003
3.95 | 3 ratings
3
2007
4.00 | 2 ratings
Zivota mi
2009

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Alive
2016

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 Alive by HADZIMANOV BAND , VASIL album cover Live, 2016
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Alive
Vasil Hadzimanov Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
4 stars Serbian combo Vasil Hadzimanov Band has been an ongoing live and recording project for the better part of 15 years, presumably with composer and keyboardist Hadzimanov as the band leader. They have a solid reputation in their own country, and have also performed abroad with a fair degree of success. "Alive" is the sixth album by the band, and the first of their albums to be released through the US label Moonjune Records.

Those fond of tight live performances by a highly skilled band that explores a more distinctly jazz-dominated breed of jazz rock should find this live album by Vasil Hadzimanov band to be well worth investigating. A taste for funk-oriented details will most likely be needed, and a certain affection for a saxophonist that has at least some similarities to the more open and inviting side of a musician like Jan Garbarek will probably be helpful as well.

 Kafanki by HADZIMANOV BAND , VASIL album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Kafanki
Vasil Hadzimanov Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Music By Mail

4 stars Kafanki is the 2nd album made by the Serbian collective, led by keyboard player Vasil Had?imanov. Shortly said, this is very good fusion jazz mixed with Balkan roots, played by talented musicians. The moods are varied, so are the tempi too but one thing stands up clearly: the influence of Joe Zawinul! Direct references in the titles but also more undirect ones like track 1 "17 Accordions" or track 5 "Paco", the latter referring of course to drummer and Zawinul's Syndicate member Paco Sery. The references to Zawinul don't stop with the titles; the music also shows clear twinkles of the eye sending back to Mr. Z (synth sounds, those quick 16th-notes-based melodic phrases and drumming) but without ever being felt as poor musical clones. Keyboard lovers will be delighted by the many instruments displayed here and fans of Balkan rhythms will have a treat! This is real fusion, in the sense of integration and smelting of musical cultures; three video clips are the cherry on the cake, listen, watch and enjoy!
 3 by HADZIMANOV BAND , VASIL album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.95 | 3 ratings

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3
Vasil Hadzimanov Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars After two very poor decades for Balkans progressive music, some return to their place on musical map could be evidenced in early 00'. Vasil Hadzimanov band is one of most professional and interesting collective speaking about modern fusion of this area.

Even if Balkan folk was source of influences for Southern European (and far not only - last decade I heard some interesting Nordic bands, heavily influenced by Balkan folk as well) prog for years, VH band uses this material with really rare taste. No Gypsy/village fair atmosphere is dominating on this album's music.

Very technically competent modern jazz fusion, with excellent keyboards and strong jazzy flavour, uses folklore for some tunes and themes, but all the music is played in a key of European jazz rock band. Not often I heard so tasteful touch on musical roots - it's far not the music for tourists,when local attractions are used in the form of souvenirs. This album's music is one of rare successful really synthetic look on folk roots and modern jazz realities.

Besides of Balkan folklore, important elements of music on this album are best modern jazz rock European traditions, from Weather Report to contemporary jazz. Even if electric keyboards are leading instrument , all musicians are equally strong, and electric guitar is of the great jazz rock standard, when drummer is very jazzy. Because of many world music elements (but deep under the skin), the music is very melodic and album is no way boring.

One fresh look on the modern European jazz fusion, really recommended!

Thanks to clarke2001 for the artist addition.

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