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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 ...

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Skip Wilkins Quartet: Czech Dreams

Read "Czech Dreams" reviewed by Edward Blanco

World-class jazz pianist Skip Wilkins regularly splits his time between Eastern Pennsylvania--where he teaches at Lafayette College in Easton--and Central Europe where he recently spent fifteen months in Prague. Czech Dreams, dedicated to the Czech people, is a result of touring throughout the Czech Republic and Germany and cementing his relationship with friend and Prague-based guitarist ...

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Libor Smoldas Quartet & Bobby Watson: Intuition

Read "Intuition" reviewed by Edward Blanco

One of Europe's rising young jazz star is Prague-based guitarist/composer and educator Libor Smoldas who unveils his fifth album as leader with the highly accessible Intuition featuring an all-Czech Republic quartet with alto saxophonist great Bobby Watson appearing as guest. Recorded at the end of the group's Czech tour, the album is in a sense, a ...

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Libor Smoldas: Intuition and Dreamtime

Read "Libor Smoldas: Intuition and Dreamtime" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Libor Smoldas is one of the best jazz guitarists the Czech Republic has produced in recent years. He plays extremely fluent, straight ahead music in the Jim Hall tradition, with overtones of Kenny Burrell. He is more relaxed, less intense than his contemporary, David Doruzka, best known of the current crop of Czech jazz guitarists. Smoldas ...