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 grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.