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ALBUM REVIEW

Ondrej Stveracek: Calm

Read "Calm" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran Chech-Republic hard-bop saxophonist Ondrej Stveracek, has been a mainstay of the European jazz scene and remains one of the finest proponents of the bop sound, now delivers another outstanding musical statement with the misleadingly titled Calm, since the meat of this date, is far more explosive and fiery than calm in texture. The album's repertoire--all originals (five from the leader, two from the bassist and one from Amsterdam saxophonist Emiel Wienholts)--can be more accurately described as sizzling modern bop ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Ondrej Stveracek Quartet: The Form

Read "The Form" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Prague-based saxophonist Ondrej Stveracek and his sterling quartet are a driving force in Central Europe's thriving jazz scene and the group's stellar outing on The Form, is more than ample testament to this claim. A young lion from the Czech Republic, Stveracek was inspired by the music of John Coltrane and, although drawn in by his style, he clearly distinguishes himself by developing a voice of his own. The album presents an audacious session of post-bop jazz where his own ...


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