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Lubos Soukup Quartet featuring Lionel Loueke: Země

Read "Země" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Dedicated to our planet, Země finds Denmark-based saxophonist Lubos Soukup's Quartet joined by Lionel Loueke for a rich set of earthy tunes (pun intended). Translated from the Czech Zeme, each title on “earth" is tightly intertwined with nature in name and atmosphere. Not allowing the slightest hypocrisy to shine through, even the booklet of the quartet's ...

David Doruzka: Autumn Tales

Read "Autumn Tales" reviewed by Chris Mosey

David Doruzka is from the Czech Republic. He plays impressionistic guitar very much in the Pat Metheny tradition. Indeed, while studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Doruzka was chosen by Metheny to participate as the only guitarist in the 2000 Aspen Snowmass Jazz Colony.

Another major influence on his playing has ...

Lubos Soukup: Through the Mirror

Read "Through the Mirror" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il secondo album da leader del sassofonista ceco Lubos Soukup è un lavoro dagli intenti ambiziosi, e per vari aspetti riuscito, che porta il suo quartetto al confronto con differenti ambiti espressivi: da un lato dinamiche orchestrazioni jazz di taglio mainstream e dall'alto sperimentazioni cameristiche di stampo contemporaneo.

Dopo aver studiato al conservatorio ...

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Libor Smoldas Quartet: Live At Jazz Dock

Read "Live At Jazz Dock" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Czech guitarist Libor Smoldas doesn't buy into the idea that music is simply meant to be a product for commerce. While Smoldas peddles some of his recorded wares like the rest of the performing musicians out there, his third album--Live At Jazz Dock--is actually free for the taking for anybody who wants to visit his website ...

Libor Smoldas: In New York On Time

Read "In New York On Time" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Libor Šmoldas is a known entity within the Prague jazz scene, but In New York On Time should help him to significantly expand his fan base beyond the borders of the Czech Republic. While Šmoldas has largely worked with Czech musicians in a variety of groups, including his trio and quartet which focus on his ...

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Petr Zelenka: Memory Flash

Read "Memory Flash" reviewed by Douglas Payne

Czech guitarist Petr Zelenka brings an edgy warmth to jazz that isn't heard too often these days. There are occasions when the guitarist recalls Jim Hall, whose harmonically advanced yet melodically rooted lines not only quelled the abstractions of Chico Hamilton and Jimmy Giuffre but spiked the pretty sparkles of Paul Desmond and Bill Evans. And ...

Ondrej Pivec: Overseason

Read "Overseason" reviewed by John Barron

When Czechoslovakian organist Ondrej Pivec ventured to New York City with fellow countryman drummer Tomas Hobzek, a recording session was arranged with Brooklyn-based, Canadian guitarist Jake Langley and tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm. The resulting disc, Overseason, is a groove-oriented collection of soulful sounds, steeped in the organ combo tradition and brimming with hard-hitting, progressive solos.

Pivec's ...