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. Littleroot
Personnel: Jakub Dolezal; tenor saxophone; Ondrej Pivec: organ; Libor Smoldas: guitar; Tomas Hobzek:
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.