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Frantisek Uhlir: 60

Read "60" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Prague Castle is the premier performance venue in the capital of the Czech Republic. It has held a monthly Jazz at the Castle concert since 2004, with the largest number of performances coming from bassist František Uhlíř. He has performed eight times at the venue, including September 8, 2010, to celebrate his 60th birthday. The cast of nine international musicians he assembled for the occasion establish their credentials right from the time they set “Expectation" up, following the customary introduction ...

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Frantisek Uhlir: Bass Devotion / BassSaga

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Frantisek Uhlir TeamBass Devotion / BassSaga Multisonic2010 In 2010, bassist František Uhlíř is celebrating his 60th birthday with a double-disc CD release. Being an inventive person, he has combined a live quartet recording from earlier in the year, Bass Devotion, with a studio recording from 1984, BassSaga. Together, the discs illuminate a sonic spectrum that crafts subtlety as richly as it does sizzling energy.Uhlíř embraces the quartet as the František ...

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Frantisek Uhlir: Double Bass Session

Read "Double Bass Session" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

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. ...

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Frantisek Uhlir/Darko Jurkovic/Jaromir Helesic: Maybe Later

Read "Maybe Later" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Bassist Frantiŝek Uhlíř, drummer Jaromir Helešic and guitarist Darko Jurković made a strong impact with Jazz at Prague Castle 2006 (Multisonic, 2006). They return to entice and lure with another tidy bag of tunes of which seven are originals and two are standards. While all the originals sit compactly in the mainstream, the trio finds its muse and inspiration in various strands that include swing and some fertile bop. Their impeccable sense of time and cohesive improvisation gives the album ...

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Frantisek Uhlir Trio: Jazz at Prague Castle 2006

Read "Jazz at Prague Castle 2006" reviewed by Jim Santella

As a major center of the Czech Republic's cultural and social life, Prague Castle has played host to a series of jazz concerts that began in 2004. Based in Prague, this trio was recorded at one of those concerts on February 22, 2006, interpreting original pieces influenced by straight-ahead jazz as well as pieces by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Sammy Fain, Dizzy Gillespie, and Buddy Kaye.

Bassist Frantisek Uhlir, from Prague, brings a lyrical quality to the session; walking ...

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Frantisek Uhlir Trio: Jazz at Prague Castle 2006

Read "Jazz at Prague Castle 2006" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Jazz at Prague Castle is a series of concerts launched in February 2004 by the President of the Czech Republic, Václav Klaus. The series has presented several bassists, including Avishai Cohen, and Miroslav Vitous is slated to perform as well. Frantisek Uhlir was among those who were at the venue. If he does not have wide recognition now, this recording should change that situation.

This trio is a class act. Uhlir has impeccable technique and a deep sense ...

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Frantisek Uhlir Trio: Jazz at Prague Castle 2006

Read "Jazz at Prague Castle 2006" reviewed by Jack Bowers

With the possible exception of guest trumpeter Dusko Goykovich, chances are you've not heard (or even heard of) these gentlemen before--and if that is indeed true, as I suspect it is, perhaps it's time you were introduced. Frantisek Uhlir, who leads this excellent trio, is a truly phenomenal bassist, and his colleagues--guitarist Darko Jurkovic and drummer Jaromir Helesic--are no less accomplished. Any time a jazz group is introduced to concert-goers by the president--not of the local musicians' union, but of ...


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