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Ostrava Days 2019

Read "Ostrava Days 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley


Ostrava Days Various Venues Ostrava Czech Republic August 22-31, 2019 The biennial Ostrava Days festival rolled around again, and there's nothing quite like a once-every-two-years event to make time appear to flow even faster than normal. As a moderne composition festival, it is difficult to accurately ...

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Ostrava Days 2017

Read "Ostrava Days 2017" reviewed by Martin Longley


Ostrava Days Various Venues Ostrava Czech Republic August 24-30, 2017 A newer breed of industrially-attuned tourism is evident in the city of Ostrava, in the north-east of the Czech Republic, and very close to Poland's border. One of its biggest attractions is the relatively recently retired ...

Article: Album Review

Miroslav Vitous: Music of Weather Report

Read "Music of Weather Report" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi


Potremmo subito dire che questo album è un acquisto obbligato per tutti coloro che hanno amato, e continuano ad amare, i Weather Report e, soprattutto, la loro libertà musicale e il loro spirito avventuroso. Miroslav Vitous, contrabbassista di origine ceca, fu uno dei co-fondatori della band insieme a Joe Zawinul e a Wayne Shorter ...

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Emil Viklicky & George Mraz: Mraz & Viklicky: Together Again

Read "Mraz & Viklicky: Together Again" reviewed by Ian Patterson


In European jazz the assimilation of folkloric influences has become commonplace as the American vernacular--or more specifically the Great American Songbook--exerts less of a hold. Czech musicians pianist Emil Viklický and bassist George Mraz's collaborations on Morava (Fantasy/Milestone 2001)--with drummer Billy Hart and singer Zuzana Lapcikova--and Moravian Gems (Cube-Métier 2007) with singer/violinist Iva Bittova and drummer ...

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Miroslav Vitous Group: Miroslav Vitous Group

Read "Miroslav Vitous Group: Miroslav Vitous Group" reviewed by John Kelman


With the ongoing demand for historic titles to see first-time CD issue, ECM has raised the ante even further with Re:solutions: seven classic recordings, released on CD (four available for the first time and one previously only available for a limited time in Japan), vinyl and high resolution digital formats. They're all important, but 1981's Miroslav ...

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Otto Hejnic Trio: One

Read "One" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


The Otto Hejnic Trio is that relatively unusual creature, a drummer-led piano trio. The group hails from the Czech Republic where One, its debut, was recorded in late 2011. It's an impressive first release. The trio--Hejnic, Ondrej Krajňák on piano and Josef Fečo on double bass--proves to be a tight and dynamic unit. The music, all ...

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A Pair On Polí5: DoMa Ensemble and Limbo

Read "A Pair On Polí5: DoMa Ensemble and Limbo" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Polí5 is a small, Prague-based imprint that takes its name from the bookstore/cultural hub from whence the music comes. The store opened its doors in 2006, but its proprietors were involved in supporting independent artists long before that. Under the name “Manuzio," they “ran the 'Apartment gallery,' held concerts and theatre performances and published low-edition book ...

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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 ...

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Martina Fiserova & Brian Charette: Clearing Fields

Read "Clearing Fields" reviewed by James Nadal


This collaboration between vocalist Martina Fiserova and keyboardist Brian Charette is one that was twenty years in the making before finally bearing fruit on Clearing Fields.Recorded in Prague, Czech Republic--where Fiserova makes her home and New Yorker Charette has established himself as a jazz educator and bandleader---this is one of those records that was ...

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Checking In On The Czech Republic: A Pair Of Offerings From Amplion Records

Read "Checking In On The Czech Republic: A Pair Of Offerings From Amplion Records" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Jazz history, development, and direction have always been documented through the force of recording. In the past, that meant that the few and mighty major labels and handful of independent start-ups essentially dictated what would and wouldn't be disseminated to listeners around the world. Now, with the collapse--or (re)evolution--in the music industry, things have changed. Recording ...


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