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GUARDIAN ANGELS

Miroslav Vitous

Jazz Rock/Fusion


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3 stars The atrocious cover design notwithstanding, this is a pretty good fusion album.

It seemed in the seventies that Czech bassist Miroslav played with just about everyone. I am particularly fond of his performance on Larry Coryell's "Spaces" album. But he is best known for his work with Weather Report.

Here, he has assembled his own band, most notably featuring John Scofield and Kenny Kirkland. The pieces are good, but not terribly adventurous. And although this is Vitous' band, except for the piece Guardian Angels, the bass isn't really featured on the album.

The first half of the album, aside from the song mentioned above, appeared to be geared to feature soprano sax player Mabumi Yamaguchi. He's actually quite good. And Vitous' acoustic bass playing is nice as well, but none of the songs catch fire.

The second half is more electrified. Vitous switches to electric bass (where he plays with more fire), and John Scofield's guitar helps quite a bit.

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