Exposé Online banner

Vasil Hadžimanov Band — Lines in Sand
(Moonjune MJR095, 2018, CD / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2019-01-29

Lines in Sand Cover art

Serbian keyboard maestro Vasil Hadžimanov is back with his crack band of jazz-rock players for Lines in Sand. These 12 cuts cover a lot of ground stylistically, from funky electric jazz to jazzy blues-pop, and feature guests on sax and vocals. The band remains intact from 2016’s Alive (minus guest David Binney, of course) and they’re as tight as ever. The rhythm section consists of Miroslav Tovirac (bass), Pedja Milutinović (drums), and Bojan Ivković (percussion, vocals), with Branko Trijić on guitar and Hadžimanov on a wide range of keyboards. Rastko Obradović plays sax on two tracks, and vocalists Dean Bowman and Marta Hadžimanov each guest on one track. For my money, the upbeat tunes are the best, such as the title track and “Mr. Moonjune,” while the slower tracks sometimes get dangerously close to the dreaded realm of smooth jazz. An exception to this is “Lost,” which features Marta Hadžimanov’s lovely vocals and enough harmonic interest in the arrangement to rise above the level of sappy, not to mention a tasty guitar solo. The brief interlude called “Kazi” provides an interesting electronic intro to “Kazi Gradiska,” which takes the same material into high-energy jazz-rock territory that reminds me a bit of something Jan Hammer might have done on Oh, Yeah? or Melodies. I’m not fond of Bowman’s soulful R&B inflected vocals on “For Clara,” though the tune itself is good, with some interesting electronic twists in the instrumentation. The album finishes off with a strong run of compositions featuring a Serbian flavor: “Freedom from the Past,” “Ratnici Podzemlja,” and “Rege Hadži,” capping another great release from this superb band.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): Vasil Hadžimanov

More info
http://vasilhadzimanov.bandcamp.com/album/lines-in-sand-hd

Latest news

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Altered States feat. Otomo Yoshihide - Lithuania and Estonia Live – You want insanity and unpredictability? Look no further. This album consists of live recordings by this Japanese group from two different Baltic new music/jazz festivals and two tracks recorded for...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues