I introduce Croatian sax man Igor Geržina to you? He is an
award-winning sax player, composer and the Croatian
Radiotelevision Jazz Orchestra producer. He has graduated in
saxophone from Zagreb Academy of Music, and has studied at Berklee
College of Music (Boston, USA). Since 2003, as a permanent member
of the Croatian Radiotelevision Jazz Orchestra, he has worked with
many names on the jazz scene, he has taken part in studio
recordings, concerts, TV shows and since 2009 he has been
composing and making arrangements for the orchestra.
His discography encompasses 128 albums. In order not to confuse
you, we will concentrate on his solo albums. It started with his
debut album Sax Album in 2006, followed by Dalmatian
Sax (2008), Metropolis (2012), One Click World
(2013), Bucket List (2016), Svim na zemlji
(2018), a Christmas album, and Sax & The City (2019).
Sax & The City is a compilation based on his albums
Metropolis, One Click World, and Bucket List.
The Whisper of Your Heart opens the collection, released
as single in 2018. The song starts there, where Careless
Whisper ends. A solid mixture of romantic tenor sax and
The Moment She Walked In glows with the anticipation of a
professional album. Everything is consistent, from the melody to
the fluffy rhythm. This summer lounge tune is taken from the album Bucket List
featuring Robert Vrbančić on bass, Kristijan Zebić on drums, Elvis
Stanić on guitar, Jurica Leikauff on keys and the maestro himself.
The title Cocktail Time plays mischievously with
the purpose for which the piece seems to be intended. Taken from
the album One Click World the song showcases the high
level of the participating musicians. Inner Sight is the
starter of the album Metropolis. Igor's trademark is the
skillful combination of tenor sax with guitar sound and keyboard
harmonies. Of course, he masters the overdub process perfectly.
A Gentleman Never Tells shines with an excellent keyboard
solo by Jurica Leikauff who is contributing significantly to
Igor's success. Songs like No Strings Attached make clear
that Igor Geržina can effortlessly keep up with the greats of the
smooth jazz scene and is stylistically no different from them.
On Can't Stop the Train from the album One Click
World Igor is supported by an outstanding horn section
consisting of Antonio Geček (trumpets), Damir Horvat (alt & bari
sax), Mario Bočić (tenor sax) & Miron Hauser (trombone). Maasej
Kovačević rounds it up with Wurlitzer & piano. Airplay is
very melody-oriented, but from the second half of the piece it
becomes a platform for two interesting solos.
Small Cafe has two supporting pillars, on the one hand
Igor's energetic saxophone recital, on the other hand the sonorous
e-piano solo by Maasej Kovačević. In The Spot is another
good example for Igor's sophisticated overdub technique. Blue
Lounge tunes us into an atmospheric beach scenery with
The Two Children you can await on this song is sweetness
and soulfulness. Simple Road is a street in Metropolis
where everything flows softly. Suburban Soul adapts a
motif that should not be unknown to smooth jazz connoisseurs.
Living out of a Suitcase features professional trumpet player
Josip Grah embedded in a perfect horn arrangement.
Close to Your Heart differs from the other songs because
it is based on a groovy Bossa Nova rhythm. On Eastern Magic
Igor meets with compatriot and fellow saxophonist Magdalena
Chovancova. By the way, her partner Robert Fertl plays guitar on
this piece. Both are very successful with their group Threestyle.
Sax & The City is exactly what the title promises. An
album full of sax loaded energy.
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Title: Sax & The City
Genre: Smooth Jazz
1 The Whisper of Your Heart 3:58
2 The Moment She Walked In
3 Cocktail Time 4:21
4 Inner Sight 4:43
Gentleman Never Tells 4:07
6 No Strings Attached 4:14
Can't Stop the Train 5:08
8 Airplay 5:15
9 Small Cafe
10 In the Spot 4:48
11 Blue Lounge 5:37
13 Simple Road 4:56
14 Suburban Soul
(feat. Frank Folgmann) 5:29
15 Living out of a Suitcase
(feat. Josip Grah) 3:48
16 Close to Your Heart 5:27
Eastern Magic (feat. Magdalena Chovancova) 4:55