The musicians who make up this "classic" organ-led small combo have technique and ideas in abundance. The music they make is a considerable distance from the grits 'n' gravy circuit with which such groups might once have been associated, and Ondrej Pivec's harmonic and melodic senses, in particular, are more akin to Larry Young than, say, Baby Face Willette. To hear Pivec on McCoy Tyner's "Inception," for example, is to witness a musician quite unselfconsciously mining a rich musical seam with a vocabulary he has fashioned for his own satisfaction.
Pivec's accurately titled "Just Chillin'" offers evidence that this is more than just a blowing group. While it has an air of sophistication, the piece is not by any means contrived, and guitarist Libor Smoldas turns in perhaps his best performance of the disc here. While his tone is entirely in keeping with the modern mainstream idiom, he tends to be more rhythmically assertive than a lot of the players he might cite as influences.
This is a musical statement by four young musicians who know their subject and indeed their instruments inside out. As such, it is perhaps most pertinent of all as a sign of things to come. As it stands, the musicians work their way through the familiar with both skill and aplomb.
Track Listing: Mr. Littleroots Green Room; Inception; Blues For Wendy; Humble Groove; Dont Get Ideas; Quietude; Knick Knack; Just Chillin; Pantheola; Lonely Grey.
Personnel: Jakub Dolezal; tenor saxophone; Ondrej Pivec: organ; Libor Smoldas: guitar; Tomas Hobzek:
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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