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Ondrej's agile organ bass lines, played using his left hand and his feet on the Hammond organ pedals and his strong style and virtuosity while playing right hand solo are definitely appreciated by both local and international critics. As a leader or sideman Pivec has performed more than 500 concerts all over the Czech Republic and abroad, becoming one of the most remarkable musicians on the Czech jazz and fusion scene.
Teachers and/or influences?
Teachers: Sam Yahel, Alberto Marsico, Mike Carr, Joey DeFrancesco.
Influences: all the teachers, Larry Goldings, Jimmy Smith.
Your teaching approach:
Sing the melodies you think of, be as musical as it gets. All the other advanced stuff comes after that. Practice your rhythm and time-feel, swing.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
Overseason (2008), because it was recorded in New York with Joel Frahm and Jake Langley.
CDs you are listening to now:
Brad Mehldau Trio, Live at Village Vanguard;
Sam Yahel, Truth and Beauty;
The Jackson Five, The Best of The Jackson Five;
Kurt Elling, Nightmoves
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