367

Frantisek Uhlir: Double Bass Session

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
Frantisek Uhlir: Double Bass Session Jazz at Prague Castle was initiated in February 2004 by the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus. The series of performances has featured some big names from that country including bassist Frantisek Uhlir, who had previously released the live Jazz at Prague Castle 2006 (Multisonic, 2006), featuring a trio and a guest appearance by trumpeter/flugelhornist Dusko Goykovich. On Double Bass Session, Uhlir comes up with the interesting concept of having five bassists in the band for a unique structure.

After the customary introduction by the President, the band eases into the supple "Blues For Five." Its sweet tones are lit by alto saxophonist David Vrobel, who swings in and then takes the melody on a versatile journey with several interesting asides. All five bassists color the tune and, with the arrangements giving them room to define their paths, there is no clutter. After a brief dialogue between the arco of one bass and the chords of another, guitarist Adam Tvrdy primes his eloquence. His development of the theme, juicy and free flowing, adds an exuberant angle. But this is one for the bass players and they sing out the coda, a zip in every note.

The classic "Rosemary's Baby" is given a sumptuous reading. The music palpitates as the bass rolls in on waves of emotional impulse that is then essayed by Vrobel. The lead voice moves around turning the variations of approach into an aural treat. Both Tvrdy and Vrobel swing deliciously, accompanied by the crisply driven accents of drummer Jan Linhart. The bassists are no slouches either as they scope the under layer with pliant and becoming grace.

"Tense" is whipped into a funky beat on the bass before it springs into a jaunty line into bop. The hard vent of the saxophone is spurred by the rhythm section, a construct that continues when the guitar lets the liquid notes swing into the open.

Uhlir plants the seeds of folk music on the haunting "Lost and Found." The rich and resplendent texture is woven by the floating lines of the saxophone and the bass to make an unforgettable impression.

The material and the creative energy of the band makes this a top-notch record.


Track Listing: Uvod (introduction by the President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus); Blues For Five; Rosemary's Baby; PF 2000; Tense; Bouncin' With Bud; Lost and Found; Not at Home Again.

Personnel: Frantisek Uhlir: double-bass (2-4, 6-8); Ali Haurand: double-bass (2, 3, 5); Petr Dvorsky: double-bass (2, 4, 5, 7, 8); Vit Svec: double-bass: (2, 4, 5, 7, 8); Tomas Baros: double-bass (2, 4, 5, 7, 8); David Vrobel: alto saxophone; Adam Tvrdy: guitar; Jan Linhart: drums.

Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Multisonic Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read The Invariant CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Impermanence" CD/LP/Track Review Impermanence
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 3, 2016
Read "The Roc" CD/LP/Track Review The Roc
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 28, 2017
Read "ScratchBop" CD/LP/Track Review ScratchBop
by Mark F. Turner
Published: January 28, 2017
Read "Sings the Blues" CD/LP/Track Review Sings the Blues
by James Nadal
Published: March 28, 2016
Read "Short Stories" CD/LP/Track Review Short Stories
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: November 3, 2016
Read "#knowingishalfthebattle" CD/LP/Track Review #knowingishalfthebattle
by Mark F. Turner
Published: January 23, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!