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Frantisek Uhlir


Born 24.7. 1950 in Usti n/Orlici in Czech Republic.From 1965 has studied double bass,piano and composition at the conservatory in Brno.During his studies has played at the orchestra of the Janacek's opera-house and at the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra. He graduated the conservatory at 1971 with the concert for the double bass and chamber orchestra by J.K.Vanhal(1739-1813). The first touch with the jazz was listening to the Voice of America that came on midnight for an hour.In this broadcasting I've heard first the Bill Evans Trio with Scott LaFaro on the bass and I was very impressed not only by his playing, but with the way, how this trio played together. I've really been influenced by everything I've heard, but of course I paid special attention to the bassplayers as Ray Brown,Paul Chambers, Ron Carter and Scott LaFaro. He is regarded as a player carrying forward the so-called Czech string bass playing tradition(G


Old Souls

Label: ATS Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Just for Us; Mainart; O Samba Boemio; Old Souls; You Are Never at Home; Maybe Later; KUH Monk; From Heart to Heart; Game III; Jaro.


Article: Album Review

The KUH Trio: Old Souls

Read "Old Souls" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Here is yet another European trio whose name is an acronym, in this case, K for guitarist Edi Kohldorfer, U for bassist Frantisek Uhlir, H for drummer Jaromir Helesic, who when numbered together (or even singly) are Old Souls. Uhlir (70) and Helesic (73) are Czechs, while Kohldorfer (age unknown but has been around the block ...


Story of my life

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Prolog Born To Future; Part 1 Home; part 2 Youth; Part 3 Usti-Brno-Praha; Part 4 A Life As A Musician; Part 5 Children; Part 6 Turbulence of Life; Part 7 From My Heart To All of You.


A Step Into Light

Label: JMOOD* Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: A Step Into Light; The Meaning of the Blues; What is this thing Called Love; Waltz for Sonny; Continued Light; Italy; Giulio; Lush Life; Our Blues; Here We Are.


Article: Album Review

Frantisek Uhlir: Story of my life

Read "Story of my life" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Story of My Life is a seven-part suite (plus prologue) written by the outstanding and well-traveled Czech-born bassist Frantisek Uhlir to appraise his life as a musician and evoke in musical terms memories of his boyhood home, his love as a teenager of music and sports, his studies at the Brno Conservatory, his life as a ...


Article: Album Review

The MUH Trio: A Step Into Light

Read "A Step Into Light" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “MUH" in the MUH Trio is an acronym depicting the surnames of its members, pianist Roberto Magris, bassist Frantisek Uhlir and drummer Jaromir Helesic. Magris is from Italy, Uhlir and Helesic from the Czech Republic. A Step Into Light isn't their first walk around the block; they've been working together on and off for years, ...


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Frantisek Uhlir: Story of my life

Read "Story of my life" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Recognized as one of the finest bassists in all of Europe, Czech Republic-born Frantisek Uhlir, presents Story of My Life, a self-produced personal project in celebration for turning seventy years-young in 2020. He does so in swinging fashion. The album booklet contains photographs with details of many proud moments throughout his life. An intentionally designed aspect ...


Article: Album Review

The MUH Trio: A Step Into Light

Read "A Step Into Light" reviewed by Edward Blanco

One of Europe's top jazz trio groups is simply named The MUH Trio, with the acronym representing world-renowned Italian pianist Roberto Magris, and bassist Frantisek Uhlir and drummer Jaromir Helesic, both prominent on the European jazz scene, most notably in Prague. Though playing together for some time, A Step Into Light is the group's second album ...


Prague After Dark

Label: JMOOD* Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Another More Blues; Nenazvana; Third World; Prague After Dark; Joycie Girl; From Heart to Heart; Song for an African Child; A Summer’s Kiss; Iraqi Blues; In Love in Vain.


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