God, there's too much music in this hear world! You gotta have lotsa time, $$$ & patience to dig through it all, but discs like this one come along & you are Rewarded. Ratko Vojtek is a pianist from Croatia (that joint in the Balkans, from whence my ancestors came) who, in the best Euro-tradition, soaks up his influences from SO many sources. European classical music, South American classical AND folk music, rock, pop, jazz (straight-ahead & "out")--it's all there, not just "mixed" together, but the ESSENCE of them all is heard & felt in Vojtek's sound. He interprets piano pieces of Henry Cowell & Alberto Ginastera with the verve & drive of Eddie Palmieri and the rhapsodic warmth & invention of Keith Jarrett. Unlike some Euro-world-jazz thangs, this disc has a warm, inviting feel without getting sticky/shticky. Further, in avoids that dry, academic sound that makes you feel like like you're in some sterile, chilly, germ-free concert hall in some former Soviet Republic. Vojtek plays with a precise yet rollicking two-fisted approach -- he plays the hell outta his piano, inside AND out.