Robert Jukic: Operation Charlie

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
The earliest musical memories Robert Jukič has were being exposed to classical music, which provided him with a comfort zone and put him to sleep. Later, before he was old enough to pick them up, he used imaginary drum sticks to play drums, finally gravitating to the real thing when he was 12. He got an acoustic guitar two years later but switched to bass after high school.

Jukič is a prolific musician and composer, finding his comfort zone in several styles. He is as much at ease in rock as he is in pop and jazz, giving boundaries a pliant elasticity in which he fashions his vision. As a bassist he lets his melodic instincts take root before he explores the labyrinths of invention.

Operation Charlie is built around a bank robbery. The concept is interesting in its own, made all the more firm by the story that goes under the covers of the CD jacket and by the music which is exemplary. The compositions spring to life in the melodic concepts and the arrangements with Jukič coming up trumps in both streams.

The lure is irresistible right from the moment Daniele D'Agaro swings in and introduces "Charlie" on the sweet notes of the clarinet, with Jukič adding a robust, melodic bass line. The interplay is frisky, with swing, skiffle and good old New Orleans seeping in and fusing with the crispy rhythm momentum from drummer Wolfi Rainer.

The mood does a complete flip on "The Preacher," which has a funereal air, the blues heralded by trumpeter David Jarh. Nothing is as quite as it seems, as he skedaddles into free terrain on the quick before returning to the groove. The mood is lightened by D'Agaro, who swings out on the wings of the trail set by tubaist Goran Krmac, with Jukič enriching the mood with his conceptualization and expansion of the theme.

The saga continues with the stirring, rambunctious "The Plan," a high flying tribute to Dixieland jazz, before the team moves on to the different chapter stops. All along the way the music is the messenger, one for which the next detail is eagerly awaited. "The End" comes all too soon with tenor saxophonists Cene Resnik and Jan Kus essaying the final passage over a measured beat. Trumpeter Daniel Noesig has his own sense of direction, riding high on the pitch and elevating the farewell.

The CD is a stylistic triumph and comes up spades in its execution.

Track Listing: Charlie; The Preacher; Mr. You-Can-Count-On-Me; The Plan; Mr. High-Strung; The Kid; The Funeral; The Cabuso Brothers; The Getaway; The Boss; Bodyless Soul; The End.

Personnel: Robert Jukic: bass; David Jarh: trumpet; Daniele D'Agaro: clarinet; Wolfi Rainer: drums; Goran Krmac: tuba; Cene Resnik: tenor saxophone; Jan Kus: tenor saxophone; Daniel Noesig: trumpet.

Title: Operation Charlie | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Dat' E Nat'


comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Aqustico vol 2 CD/LP/Track Review Aqustico vol 2
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 25, 2017
Read Lattice CD/LP/Track Review Lattice
by Mark Corroto
Published: September 25, 2017
Read Beginnings CD/LP/Track Review Beginnings
by David A. Orthmann
Published: September 25, 2017
Read Synchronic CD/LP/Track Review Synchronic
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 25, 2017
Read Slægt CD/LP/Track Review Slægt
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 24, 2017
Read An Eye on the Future CD/LP/Track Review An Eye on the Future
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 24, 2017
Read "IZA" CD/LP/Track Review IZA
by Ian Patterson
Published: April 17, 2017
Read "Like Songs Like Moons" CD/LP/Track Review Like Songs Like Moons
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 13, 2017
Read "The Roc" CD/LP/Track Review The Roc
by Geno Thackara
Published: May 6, 2017
Read "Seaside" CD/LP/Track Review Seaside
by John Eyles
Published: January 30, 2017
Read "Known-Unknown" CD/LP/Track Review Known-Unknown
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: January 22, 2017
Read "Loving You: Celebrating Shirley Horn" CD/LP/Track Review Loving You: Celebrating Shirley Horn
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 15, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.