SHQ - "Cubano
Chant" (Ray Bryant)
Kuhn - p, Zdenek Pulec - tbn, Rudolf Dasek - g,
Konopasek - fl, Laco Tropp -ds.
What to say? It's a
classic. And just when you think you've heard all the versions here is
another one with Velebny's SHQ and friends giving us true Cuban spirit
recreated in Czechoslovakia in mid 60's. Hard Jazz dance. Should I say
the best version so far? Judge by yourself.
JAZZ CELULA - "Ohen, Az Pozar" (Laco Deci)
Very original percussion
intro develops into Spanish style Jazz with strong danceable rhythm
driving all the way through.
MILAN SVOBODA - "Wait For Me" (M. Svoboda)
Svoboda & Prague Big Band with guests: Jiri Stivin, Jindrich
Nemecek-as; Vladimir Tymich, Petr Kodi-ts; Jiri Tomek-conga.
Jaroslav Solc-fl; Emil Viklicky-p
The track that I haven't
noticed in the beginig and one day it just struck me, especially flute
and keyboard solos so I had to play it again and again. Very seductive
main theme. Soft, rolling Fusion.
KAMIL HALA - "Dew Drop"
Orchestra of Czechoslovakian Radio cond. Kamil Hala
After 1.5 min of mellow
ballad intro band starts firing up. Big Band Fusion at it's best.
Rather smooth melancholic but powerful sound of Laco Deci's trumpet
tells a beautiful story while the solid big band section keeps the
rhythm rolling. All big names are here :Laco Deci, Karel Ruzicka, Josef
Vejvoda,Petr Kral, Jiri Tomek and many more.
GUSTAV BROM ORCHESTRA "Dance For Two" (Josef Audeus)
Same as many other Eastern
European tracks this one has a tripy spiritual intro. Shortly it
develops into solid rhythm Jazz with a funky bass line, "Shaft" style
wah-wah guitar and catchy main theme on sax. Sax then goes into solo
supported by powerful big band section. And as the title say, it's a
perfect for dancing.
JAZZ Q "Wizard" (M. Kratochvil)
This was the first ever
Czechoslovakian track that I heard being played in London's clubs and
on radio. This is part two from a 16 min track. Fireing Fusion with
strong West Coast influence. I am sure you've heard it before. Classic!
JAZZ Q "Presage"
Another killer tune by JAZZ Q
with the excellent vocals. I guess it never got enough exposure in Jazz
circles because of the rock guitar solo in the first part of the track but the second part
deserves everyone's atention.
GUSTAV BROM ORCHESTRA "Memory" (S. Shterev)
spiritual ballad with Simeon Shterev on flute and solid rhythm section
tells a beautiful story that develops into hard Jazz Fusion and then
smoothes again. Mystic and hypnotic atmosphere. Makes you float away.