Croatia’s Tamara Obrovac Quartet – Daring to Stretch the Boundaries of Jazz?


The Tamara Obrovac Quartet



“The Tamara Obrovac Quartet provide their audience with a phenomenal atmosphere interwoven with exceptionally fine notes of jazz, Istrian dialect and a specific humour which characterise them all… a magical blend… and a completely different dimension of jazz.” (From the Croation Press)

Some followers of Jazz&Jazz may say I’m testing the waters with this “different dimension of jazz”!

“With her amazing interpretation of often traditional musical components, Obrovac opens the door to a wide range of international jazz expressions and she does it with exceptional ease and great charm.
“Tamara´s talent & passion combined with her highly sensitive quartet of brilliant musicians bring the musical experience to a superior level.” (Concerto Magazin)

“I was most impressed by Tamara Obrovac’s performance
at the Jazzahead showcase. 
Tamara draws on the folk traditions of Istria but puts them in the context of a jazz trio and the resulting music is a very original and attractive blend of jazz and traditional music.” (Jazzahead jury member, Tony Duddley Evans, April 2013, Artistic Adviser to Jazzlines Birmingham and Cheltenham Jazz Festival)


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When it comes to the future of jazz I would be interested in Jazz Fans’ views on this. How far are we prepared to stretch the boundaries? Simply let your thoughts be known in the Comments section at the foot of this post.

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  1. Jim McIntosh says:

    I have just had a listen, and fail to see what this has to do with jazz (Traditional, Modern, or even Avant Garde). No matter how far the boundaries of jazz were to be stretched, I cannot actually hear any more jazz in this, than say, Flamenco, or Scottish folk music. I’m sorry, but to me, if this were the future of jazz, I would immediately become a Val Doonican fan…

  2. Jim McIntosh says:

    It is beautiful music, beautifully played – but for my money it is as (any) jazz as risotto is to egg and chips…sorry

  3. Peter Butler says:

    I appreciate your comments, Jim, and I must admit I agree. Yet if I’m asked to post such features on Jazz&Jazz I don’t necessarily refuse, but at least strive to put them into context. Which is why I asked for views on stretching the boundaries and stated:

    Some followers of Jazz&Jazz may say I’m testing the waters with this “different dimension of jazz”!

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