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Kenny Weir
Sunday Herald Sun (Australia), December 1999

"Led by drummer Dejan Terzic, the quartet uses a post-bop foundation to create music that bristles with an adventurous spirit, wit and edgy excitement. Terzic leads boldly without ever becoming overbearing. He is wonderfully aided in that great magic endeavour - combining recklessness and discipline - by saxophonist George Garzone, pianist Roberto de Gioia and bassist Dietmar Fuhr. The program is split between invigorated standards such as My Romance, Green Dolphin Street and Spartacus Love Theme and originals that are both stroppy and sensitive. The solos are grand, but it is the ensemble playing that makes this listening such an enjoyable encounter."



Formby Times, September 1999

"The Naxos company continues to record lesser-known but highly accomplished jazz musicians and to sell their CDs at the bargain price of around five pounds per album. The quality of the music is always of the highest level and these selections, recorded in May of last year in Germany, show a quartet which has absorbed the best of the 60s jazz tradition but who produce contemporary work that combines quality of playing with complex improvisations. Another intriguing release from this company."



Fred Jung
JazzUSA, June 1999

"Another unexposed talent steps out of the shadows by way of NAXOS Jazz, who for the past year has steadily been releasing some of this year's most accessible music and doing so at mid-line prices. Dejan Terzic, a 28-year-old European drummer, would not be known from Adam here in the U.S., but with the advent of his new album, Four For One, a quartet date featuring saxophonist George Garzone, pianist Dietmar Fuhr, and pianist Roberto Di Gioia, Terzic may finally make some noise stateside.

Terzic has chops as a composer. The leader's melodic sense coupled with Garzone's mellifluous tone creates an ideal scenario for Terzic's two most interesting originals, "Childish Things" and "Big Argument." The young drummer also has well-developed ideas as evident by his brisk changes and his crisp comping on "Night's Shadow." Terzic's fine treatment of "Spartacus Love Theme" is also quite impressive. Accompanying Garzone, who switches to soprano, Terzic draws the listener in with his sincere brush sentiments.

An intriguingly entertaining album, Four For One is a solid record on every count."



Glenn Astarita
All About Jazz

"28-year-old drummer, Dejan Terzic displays star qualities on "Four For One". Terzic, has been the recipient of numerous awards and here with his Quartet featuring the superb saxophonist George Garzone, also emerges as a mature bandleader.

On the opener and Terzic original, "Childish Things" Terzic commences with some cool drum licks as he displays good textbook style discipline and a keen sense of swing. Terzic's composition titled, "Big Argument" is post bop modernism at its finest. George Garzone blows the walls down with blazing tenor work as Terzic and bassist Dietmar Fuhr keep this train a rolling'.

Terzic is a well-schooled technician and has obviously paid much attention to the masters of years gone by. His drumming is characteristically crisp, multi-textured and dynamic while seldom overstating his cause or plight. Another Terzic original composition "Loose Ends" features Garzone's lyrical and melodic phrasing on soprano sax as the end results prove to be straightforward and succinct. Here, pianist Roberto Di Gioia provides tonal color and understated accents via a light touch and warm sonorous chord progressions as the potent rhythm section shift tempos. The mood thus far could be categorized as being positive and exuberant. On "Night's Shadow" The Quartet rekindles memories of Coltrane's early-mid 60's Quartet as Garzone renders a gutsy, soul searching and borderline free-jazz tenor solo. Terzic may have had Elvin Jones in mind on this uptempo piece. The title track, "Four For One" commences with a relatively complex introduction as the band performs several bars in unison. Again, Garzone leads the attack with soaring, fluent and highly emotional tenor work. Pleasant renditions of Rodgers & Hart's "My Romance" and Washington & Kaper's "Green Dolphin Street" mesh well in the overall mix.

Four For One is a no frills, extremely focused and to-the-point affair. Again, the talent scouts over at Naxos Jazz should be commended . Recommended * * * 1/2 "






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