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COMPOSERS: Bojan Zulfikarpasic,Henri Texier
LABELS: Label Bleu
ALBUM TITLE: Bojan Zulfikarpasic
PERFORMER: Bojan Zulfikarpasic (p)
CATALOGUE NO: LBLC 6624

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 Bojan Zulfikarpasic is a Bosnian pianist now resident in Paris. He has a style of his own, which ranges from massive orchestral pianism with gritty harmonies and wayward melodic notes and phrases to minimal music of great simplicity and lyricism.

The opening piece, ‘Fingering’, is a quite abstract performance in the free jazz vein – he creates a percussive rhythm by banging on either the foot pedals or the wood of the piano and also the piano wires.

‘Who’s Bob’ is a minimalist piece with ecstatic right-hand improvisations over a chugging left-hand rhythm, a fascinating choice of notes and dramatic bass line. He brings a compelling Slavonic intensity to every performance. The title track has references to jazz history with boogie, wit and echoes of Keith Jarrett.

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Henri Texier’s ‘Don’t Buy Ivory Anymore’ is an exquisite Satiesque performance in the Gymnopédie vein. There seems no limit to Zulfikarpasic’s talent.