Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

FERMATA

Jazz Rock/Fusion • Slovakia


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Fermata picture
Fermata biography
Founded in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1973 - Hiatus from 1985-1991 and then irregularly - Reformed in 1999

FERMATA formed from the association of guitarist Frantisek Griglak (ex-Collegium Musicum and Prudy) and keyboardist Thomas Berka. Apparently their brand of instrumental jazz-rock was at best approved, at worst tolerated by the Communist regime as they released all their albums on the state apparatchik label Opus. Indeed, their music has been compared to Spain's Iceberg or Holland's Finch, but this writer wouldn't hesitate to talk of Mahavishnu Orchestra as well, at least for their first few albums.

Both Griglak and Berka would be the mainstays of an otherwise often-changing line-up, even if Karol Olah held the drum stool from their third album until the mid-80's at least. Right from their first album, FERMATA posessed some quality western instruments like Gibson, Fender, Rickenbacker and the full array of keyboards except the Mellotron and the Moog, which might be a bit surprising for a band that was under scrutiny of the closed-borders regime. Their music slowly degraded to a synthesized rock of "Ad Libitum" in the mid-80's. Apparently still alive today, the group still releases the odd album.

!!!!!!!! Bio written by Hugues Chantraine, Belgium !!!!!!

See also: WiKi

FERMATA Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Show all FERMATA videos (3) | Search and add more videos to FERMATA

Buy FERMATA Music


Huascaran / Dunajska LegendaHuascaran / Dunajska Legenda
Remastered
$21.98
FERMATA: Fermata / Piesen Z Hol remastered (2CD) by FermataFERMATA: Fermata / Piesen Z Hol remastered (2CD) by Fermata
Fermata
$29.99
$94.17 (used)
StSt
Imports 2014
$38.87
Dunajska LegendaDunajska Legenda
Imports 2014
$36.52
Piesen Z HolPiesen Z Hol
Imports 2014
$32.74
$35.88 (used)
HuascaranHuascaran
Imports 2014
$38.87
$34.90 (used)
Fermáta - Biela Planéta -- The White Planet - Opus - 9116 0939Fermáta - Biela Planéta -- The White Planet - Opus - 9116 0939
Opus
$18.98 (used)
Fermáta - Ad Libitum - Opus - 9113 1580Fermáta - Ad Libitum - Opus - 9113 1580
Opus
$33.99 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
ED CARLOS - Estou Feliz Orig 1967 FERMATA 7" EP BRAZIL POP MPB EX+ USD $29.00 Buy It Now 5h 52m
1SS FERMATA 601 JAZZ BOSSA OS FARROUPILHAS JORGE BEN SANTOS CARLOS BRAZIL USD $19.00 Buy It Now 12h
ROBERTINO AYER & HOY RARE ARGENTINA EDIT LP LF-38 FERMATA USD $30.00 Buy It Now 14h 49m
LAS VOCES LE VOCI VIAJANDO POR ITALIA ARGENTINA LP FERMATA LF-23 USD $24.00 Buy It Now 16h 44m
MARCOS ROBERTO: Sera LATIN 45 Rare Fermata Colombia HEAR USD $10.00 Buy It Now 20h 12m
SERGIO ENDRIGO FERMATA LONTANO DAGLI OCCHI 1969 LP SANREMO ITALY USD $36.00 Buy It Now 21h 7m
Fermata-Hurscaran + Dunajska Legenda Czech prog 2 cds RM USD $19.99 Buy It Now 3 days
ELTON JOHN..GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD.BRAZILIAN YOUNG FERMATA 304.1037 EX..RARE USD $26.29 [0 bids]
4 days
Chubby Checker - The Hully Gully BRAZIL RARE 7" Single Fermata USD $19.99 Buy It Now 4 days
Michel Polnareff ?- Love Me Please Love Me BRAZIL RARE 7" Ep 1966 Fermata USD $49.99 Buy It Now 4 days
78 RPM BRAZIL CHUBBY CHECKER HAVA NAGUILA ALOUETTE TWIST FERMATA USD $45.00 Buy It Now 4 days
Fermata-Piesen Z Hol Czech prog psych Japanese mini lp SHM-CD USD $30.99 Buy It Now 4 days
hitomitoi - Fermata - Japan CD+DVD - NEW J-POP USD $14.99 Buy It Now 5 days
Fermata_Generation_LP_Opus USD $34.00 Buy It Now 5 days
(FA230) Fermata Do Brazil, Feelings - 2000 DJ CD USD $3.93 Buy It Now 5 days
FERMATA-DUNAJSK & AACUTE; LEGENDA-JAPAN MINI LP SHM-CD Hi25 USD $33.50 Buy It Now 5 days
Gerry And The Pacemakers - Ferry Cross The Mersey BRAZIL 1st presLP 1965 Fermata USD $49.99 Buy It Now 5 days
SACHA DISTEL LA PETITE PUCE +3 4trk BRAZILIAN FERMATA PS EP 60s POP USD $1.32 [0 bids]
6 days
Miquel Brown - So Many Men BRAZIL ONLY ED RARE 7" Single 1983 Fermata USD $29.99 Buy It Now 6 days
FERMATA-PIESEN Z HOL SONGS FROMRIDGES-JAPAN MINI LP SHM-CD Hi25 USD $33.50 Buy It Now 7 days
FERMATA-HUASCARAN-JAPAN MINI LP SHM-CD Hi25 USD $33.50 Buy It Now 7 days
HERB ALPERT AND THE TIJUANA BRASS What Now My Love LP VINYL Venezuela Fermata USD $6.56 Buy It Now 7 days
KAREN JACKSON And Now I'm Born Again 7" VINYL Brazil Fermata 1984 Promo USD $4.13 Buy It Now 7 days
Manfred Mann - Sha La La BRAZIL RARE 7" Single Fermata USD $29.99 Buy It Now 8 days
FERMATA - Biela Planeta / Generation (CD) Usually ships within 12 hours!!! USD $14.99 Buy It Now 8 days
Used Music CD Liquidation Sale ** Artists: F-F #302 ** Buy 1 Get 1 flat ship fee USD $10.99 Buy It Now 9 days
RaRe Import SACHA DISTEL Unique Southamerica Compilation 1971 M- LP on Fermata USD $14.99 Buy It Now 10 days
ADRIANO CELENTANO Il Tangaccio SOUTHAMERICA 7" PROMO 33-rpm 1963 Fermata/Clan USD $19.99 Buy It Now 10 days
FERMATA : AD LIBITUM... AND SIMILE VOL. 4 REMASTERS 2 DISC SET CD USD $19.79 Buy It Now 10 days
FERMATA : FERMATA BIELA PLANETA AND GENERATION VOL. 3 REMASTERS 2 DISC SET CD USD $19.79 Buy It Now 10 days
BOSSA JAZZ TRIO lp BOSSA JAZZ TRIO argentina ID# 05439 ORIGINAL FERMATA 65 EX E USD $55.00 Buy It Now 10 days
CHICO BUARQUE lp CHICO BUARQUE DE HOLLANDA argentina ID# 07282 FERMATA 102 EX au USD $32.00 Buy It Now 10 days
ELIANA PITTMAN lp ELIANA PITTMAN argentina ID# 48627 1970 FERMATA 166 EX EX auto USD $17.00 Buy It Now 10 days
ELY ARCOVERDE lp CUARTETO argentina ID# 11986 1965 FERMATA 66 EX EX automat77 ra USD $37.00 Buy It Now 10 days
ERASMO CARLOS lp BABY BABY argentina ID# 12233 1968 FERMATA 154 EX- EX automat77 USD $32.00 Buy It Now 10 days
ERASMO CARLOS lp LA CARTA argentina ID# 12232 FERMATA 118 EX NM automat77 rare h USD $26.00 Buy It Now 10 days
MILTINHO lp BOSSA & BALANCO argentina ID# 25869 60S ORIGINAL FERMATA 86 VG+ EX a USD $42.00 Buy It Now 10 days
PAULINHO NOGUEIRA lp CANTA SUAS COMPOSICOES argentina ID# 29058 1970 FERMATA 191 USD $20.00 Buy It Now 10 days
SIMONETTI lp SAMBA 990 argentina ID# 34490 1963-TOC FERMATA 24 VG+ NM automat77 USD $21.00 Buy It Now 10 days
SIMONETTI lp SAMBA MARAVILLOSO argentina ID# 34491 1971 FERMATA 196 NM NM automa USD $21.00 Buy It Now 10 days
TOQUINHO & VINICIUS lp TOQUINHO E VINICIUS argentina ID# 38884 FERMATA 211 EX au USD $18.00 Buy It Now 10 days
ZIMBO TRIO lp 2 chile ID# 50849 1968 FERMATA 135 EX- EX- automat77 rare hard to USD $26.00 Buy It Now 10 days
ZIMBO TRIO lp CUERDAS 2 argentina ID# 41369 1968 FERMATA 144 EX EX automat77 rar USD $26.00 Buy It Now 10 days
ZIMBO TRIO lp ES TIEMPO DE SAMBA argentina ID# 41368 1967 FERMATA 137 EX EX auto USD $26.00 Buy It Now 10 days
ZIMBO TRIO lp VOLUMEN 2 argentina ID# 41372 FERMATA 63 EX EX automat77 rare hard USD $30.00 Buy It Now 10 days
ZIMBO TRIO lp ZIMBO TRIO argentina ID# 41373 ORIGINAL FERMATA 52 EX NM automat77 USD $37.00 Buy It Now 10 days
CLAUDIO VILLA lp CANTA A NAPOLI argentina ID# 07692 FERMATA 122 EX NM automat77 USD $14.99 Buy It Now 10 days
CLAUDIO VILLA lp CANTA A SU ROMA argentina ID# 07691 1967 FERMATA 119 EX NM auto USD $14.99 Buy It Now 10 days
CLAUDIO VILLA lp CANTA EXITOS INTERNACIONALES argentina ID# 07695 1971 FERMATA 1 USD $14.99 Buy It Now 10 days
CLAUDIO VILLA lp CANTA STORNELLI ROMANOS argentina ID# 07686 ORIGINAL FERMATA 97 USD $14.99 Buy It Now 10 days
CLAUDIO VILLA lp CANTA SUS ULTIMAS CANCIONES argentina ID# 07683 1968 FERMATA 15 USD $14.99 Buy It Now 10 days
CLAUDIO VILLA lp CELEBRES CANCIONES ITALIANAS argentina ID# 07693 1966 FERMATA 9 USD $14.99 Buy It Now 10 days
DOMENICO MODUGNO lp MODUGNO argentina ID# 10142 1970 FERMATA 1001 NM NM automat7 USD $19.99 Buy It Now 10 days
FRED BONGUSTO lp FRED BONGUSTO argentina ID# 13746 60'S ORIGINAL FERMATA 89 NM a USD $21.00 Buy It Now 10 days
LITTLE TONY lp RIDERA brazil ID# 21859 ORIGINAL FERMATA 177 EX EX- automat77 rar USD $29.99 Buy It Now 10 days
LUIGI TENCO lp HE COMPRENDIDO QUE TE AMO argentina ID# 23505 ORIGINAL FERMATA 60 USD $30.00 Buy It Now 10 days
MILVA lp MILVA argentina ID# 25956 FIRST LP FERMATA 91 EX+ EX+ automat77 rare ha USD $26.00 Buy It Now 10 days
MILVA lp MILVA argentina ID# 25957 ORIGINAL 60'S FERMATA 101 EX EX automat77 rar USD $26.00 Buy It Now 10 days
MINA lp CANTA EN VIVO argentina ID# 26036 ORIGINAL 1968 FERMATA 149 EX+ EX+ auto USD $26.00 Buy It Now 10 days
MINA lp CANZONISSIMA 1969 argentina ID# 26031 ORIGINAL FERMATA 158 EX- EX automa USD $26.00 Buy It Now 10 days
MINA lp MINA argentina ID# 26026 ORIGINAL FERMATA 59 EX EX automat77 rare hard t USD $26.00 Buy It Now 10 days
MINA lp MINA argentina ID# 26045 1965-PROMO FERMATA 59 NM NM automat77 rare hard USD $51.00 Buy It Now 10 days
MINA lp NESSUNO AL MONDO argentina ID# 26046 1971 FERMATA 193 EX NM automat77 ra USD $26.00 Buy It Now 10 days
MINA lp UNA SOMBRA argentina ID# 26020 1970 FERMATA 176 EX EX automat77 rare har USD $26.00 Buy It Now 10 days
ORNELLA VANONI lp TRISTEZA argentina ID# 27841 ORIGINAL 1968 FERMATA 146 EX EX a USD $21.00 Buy It Now 10 days
PEPPINO GAGLIARDI lp COMO LAS VIOLETAS argentina ID# 29236 1972 FERMATA 213 NM a USD $21.00 Buy It Now 10 days
ROBERTINO lp AYER Y HOY argentina ID# 32056 1964 SIN USO FERMATA LF-38 NM NM aut USD $25.00 Buy It Now 10 days
SERGIO ENDRIGO lp SERGIO ENDRIGO argentina ID# 34010 1967 FERMATA 115 EX EX auto USD $17.00 Buy It Now 10 days
SOUNDTRACK lp MONDO CANE argentina ID# 34957 RITZ ORTOLANI FERMATA 30 EX- EX- au USD $22.00 Buy It Now 10 days
JONAS INGIMUNDARSON "VID SLAGHORPUNA" CD 1995 fermata USD $6.00 Buy It Now 10 days
1-GIORGIO--LOOKY-LOOKY-33 RPM--7"-SINGLE-ORIGINAL SLEEVE FERMATA-BRASIL USD $19.99 Buy It Now 11 days
ADRIANO CELENTANO Il Ragazzo della Via Gluck SOUTHAMERICA 7" PRO 33-RPM Fermata USD $17.99 Buy It Now 11 days
ADRIANO CELENTANO Una Festa Sui Prati SOUTHAMERICA 7" PROMO 1967 Fermata/Clan USD $14.99 Buy It Now 11 days
ADRIANO CELENTANO Mondo In MI 7a DON BACKY Southamerica 7" PRO 1967 Fermata/Clan USD $17.99 Buy It Now 11 days
Ary Toledo - No Fino Da Bossa 1988 Brazil Import Vinyl LP VG+/VG Fermata Records USD $7.98 Buy It Now 11 days
FERMATA - Dunajska Legenda LP USD $17.99 Buy It Now 11 days
Fermata-Huascaran Czech prog psych Japanese mini lp SHM-CD USD $31.99 Buy It Now 12 days
FERMATA - FERMATA / PIESEN Z HOL CD USD $14.99 Buy It Now 12 days
LOS GRANDES MAESTROS EN SAMBA PERUZZI CON LA ORQUESTA RGE, FERMATA LP-7179 LP. USD $15.00 Buy It Now 12 days
Fermata-same + Piesen Z Hol Czech prog 2 cds RM USD $19.99 Buy It Now 12 days
A Broken Frame by Depeche Mode (Fermata ,LP, BRAZIL, 1983) USD $15.99 Buy It Now 12 days
Chubby Checker Twist! 7" vinyl record Fermata 3EFC-3 Argentina USD $6.25 Buy It Now 13 days
Fermata:Ad Libitum,orig LP EX/M- USD $24.00 Buy It Now 13 days
Ray Charles ?- Love Country Style BRAZIL 1st press LP 1971 Fermata USD $49.99 Buy It Now 14 days
Ray Charles ?- Invites You To Listen BRAZIL PROMO LP 1969 Fermata MONO USD $49.99 Buy It Now 14 days
ALBERTO LUPO 7" PER TE AMORE-LULTIMA PAROLA brazil ID# 00997 FERMATA 33337 M au USD $15.00 Buy It Now 15 days
ARMANDO TROVAJOLI 7" YO TE SIENTO argentina ID# 54067 1969 FERMATA 271 EX autom USD $19.99 Buy It Now 15 days
CATHERINE SPAAK 7" CANCION DE OTONO-CON CUANTO argentina ID# 06815 FERMATA 355 a USD $19.99 Buy It Now 15 days
CATHERINE SPAAK 7" CON QUALE AMORE CON QUANTO AMO brazil ID# 06816 FERMATA 3338 USD $24.99 Buy It Now 15 days
DELIRIUM 7" JESAHEL-EL CAMINO DEL REY argentina ID# 09480 FERMATA 412 EX automa USD $24.99 Buy It Now 15 days
LOS SATELITES 7" EN LA CIMA DE LA MONTANA argentina ID# 44618 FERMATA 63 M auto USD $15.00 Buy It Now 15 days
LOUISELLE 7" TODAVIA NO-EL VICIO argentina ID# 23368 1968 FERMATA 266 NM automa USD $24.99 Buy It Now 15 days
LUIGI TENCO 7" HE COMPRENDIDO QUE TE AMO-YO argentina ID# 44613 ORIGINAL FERMATA USD $15.00 Buy It Now 15 days
LUIGI TENCO 7" HE COMPRENDIDO QUE TE AMO-YO uruguay ID# 23517 ORIGINAL FERMATA 9 USD $19.99 Buy It Now 15 days
LUIGI TENCO 7" NO SOY YO-MI MUCHACHO argentina ID# 23493 PROMO FERMATA 110 NM a USD $15.00 Buy It Now 15 days
LUIGI TENCO 7" TU NO HAS ENTENDIDO NADA-LA BA argentina ID# 23519 PROMO FERMATA USD $15.00 Buy It Now 15 days
LUIGI TENCO 7" VERAS VERAS-NO NO ES VERDAD argentina ID# 23518 FERMATA 104 NM a USD $15.00 Buy It Now 15 days
LUIGI TENCO 7" VERAS VERAS-NO NO ES VERDAD argentina ID# 23520 PROMO FERMATA 104 USD $15.00 Buy It Now 15 days
MARISA SANNIA 7" YO TE SIENTO argentina ID# 24601 1969 FERMATA 271 NM automat77 USD $15.00 Buy It Now 15 days
MILVA 7" NO QUIERO PIEDAD-OJOS ESPANOLE argentina ID# 25978 FERMATA 143 NM auto USD $15.00 Buy It Now 15 days

More places to buy FERMATA music online Buy FERMATA & Prog Rock Digital Music online:

FERMATA discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

FERMATA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.20 | 70 ratings
Fermáta
1975
4.01 | 64 ratings
Pieseň Z Hôľ
1976
4.11 | 114 ratings
Huascaran
1977
3.81 | 54 ratings
Dunajská Legenda
1980
3.73 | 34 ratings
Biela Planéta
1981
3.68 | 32 ratings
Generation
1981
3.87 | 30 ratings
Ad Libitum
1984
4.00 | 22 ratings
Simile ...
1991
3.07 | 15 ratings
Real Time
1994
3.68 | 22 ratings
Fermáta X
1999
3.51 | 15 ratings
Next
2005

FERMATA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.78 | 13 ratings
Live V Klube Za Zrkadlom
2007

FERMATA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.75 | 8 ratings
Live V Klube Za Zrkadlom
2007

FERMATA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.26 | 10 ratings
Fermáta / Pieseň Z Hôľ
1997
4.50 | 8 ratings
Fermáta/Piese; z hô318
2009
4.67 | 9 ratings
Huascaran/Dunajská legenda
2009
4.25 | 8 ratings
Biela planéta/Generation
2009
3.44 | 7 ratings
Ad Libitum/Simile...
2009

FERMATA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

FERMATA Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Live V Klube Za Zrkadlom by FERMATA album cover Live, 2007
3.78 | 13 ratings

BUY
Live V Klube Za Zrkadlom
Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Anon-E-Mouse

3 stars Ah well, just how do I put it? This is no "garage band", rather the opposite - and therein lies the disappointment. Highly skilled musicians just taking it too easy, to the point where boredom with this "underinspired" performance sets in early in the piece, commanding intermittent attention only.

The band's Jazz-Rock direction of earlier years is largely retired by this point, only to surface briefly - as if by accident. No, this is closer to doing Joe Satriani filler material and with that I have just about said all I felt compelled to share here.

What's been performed here is not bad at all and done rather well, except that it fails to excite as an end result. This is not bad work at all, just not good enough to qualify for another spin.

Rating it as 3 stars hurts, as this is not as weak as numerous 3 rated works (Good, but non- essential), but the reality is that this live performance fits that description. 3.5 and rounded down.

 Next by FERMATA album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.51 | 15 ratings

BUY
Next
Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Anon-E-Mouse

4 stars This band's early albums had shown a strong John McLaughlin influence, but not to the point of plagiarism, more like a respect, instead. 30 years later they sound very much like a decent Joe Satriani effort. Now, that's not a bad thing in my books as I do admire Satriani's abilities.

Some jazzy elements remain, but this album is more Rock influenced. Starting with a hard rocking tune gives way to more relaxed, but still serious guitar slinging. Surprisingly, some orchestral elements are also added - albeit sparingly. The single vocal track is of some surprise, too and points towards Crossover territory I don't normally listen to (MoR Rock with almost accidental Prog bits), so I am at a loss to liken it with anything. Actually, it's not an annoying piece at all, but wouldn't be missed.

There are also references to more lyrical efforts heard on Steve Morse's solo albums. Considering the talents involved, it's not quite as original as it could have been, nevertheless it has room in my collection. At under 36 mins it's a bit disappointing, so it'll just scrape past a rating of 3.5.

 Pieseň Z Hôľ by FERMATA album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.01 | 64 ratings

BUY
Pieseň Z Hôľ
Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Anon-E-Mouse

4 stars For many decades I was only familiar with the band's name, having only a faint idea of the music they may have played. Considering that they were active from behind the Iron Curtain, I didn't expect ever to hear a single note. As luck has it - quite unexpectedly - I came across some of their releases in recent times and what a pleasant surprise it was!

At first spin this album takes me back in time to the mid-70's when Jazz-Rock was in full bloom with almost complete disregard to mainstream commercial success. Spirited playing with no compromises laces this work from beginning to end. I must admit, at times it may come across as somewhat overambitious, but I won't hold it against the band persevering in trying circumstances.

Fast paced work, conjuring images of Gary Boyle's Isotope, also of John McLaughlin in early Mahavishnu. Even some Jerry Goodman-like violins are added. In the first tune the rather dull, repetitive bass has put me off a bit, but for the rest of the work the bass was excellent.

A great album that would fit neatly in any Jazz-Rock collection. 4.5 here and I am looking forward to hear more from this great band.

 Pieseň Z Hôľ by FERMATA album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.01 | 64 ratings

BUY
Pieseň Z Hôľ
Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Suedevanshoe

5 stars A scintillating listen that takes a while to sink it's teeth.

This album is constructed in nearly the same vein as all top shelf fusion albums, with lengthy diversions, quick tempo changes, and glorious rhythms to spare. Synths and guitar dominate the solos, with tons of solid backbone all the way through. Some violin adds a classy touch to the precedings on a few tracks. It's not overwhelming like on some records, say Jan Hammer's Oh Yeah!

This is professional fusion at it's finest done by true pros. They may steal cookies from the Mahavishnu jar but they take those cookies and add some interesting toppings.

I think the closing track is as fine a closer in fusion, perhaps all of prog. Truly fitting, spacey opening gives way to heavy synth and violin solos, followed by synths and lovely sung harmony to close. A classic.

 Huascaran by FERMATA album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.11 | 114 ratings

BUY
Huascaran
Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Fermata developed their musical sound in a more rock-oriented direction this time around, taking on influences from symphonic prog mainstays such as Emerson, Lake and Palmer in order to craft this concept album about the devastating Huascaran earthquake of 1970. As far as blendings of symphonic prog rock and jazz fusion go, I don't think it's as interesting as the territory fellow Iron Curtain group SBB were exploring at around these times; the fusion sections lack the fury and passion of Fermata's previous albums, and the symphonic rock sections sound lifeless and unenthusiastic to my ears. Not my cup of tea by a long way.
 Pieseň Z Hôľ by FERMATA album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.01 | 64 ratings

BUY
Pieseň Z Hôľ
Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars As with the previous album, Fermata's Piesen Z Hol presents a strongly Mahavishnu Orchestra-influenced brand of fusion based around the furious guitar work of Frantisek Griglák. With both Griglák and Tomás Berka contributing keyboard work to the mix, the album shows a somewhat greater synthesiser presence than the debut - or, for that matter, the original Mahavishnu Orchestra's albums, making Piesen's sound rather more unique. If you want to imagine what the Orchestra might have sounded like if the original lineup had stayed together and Jan Hammer had gotten some top-flight synthesisers, you should definitely consider giving this album a try.
 Fermáta by FERMATA album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.20 | 70 ratings

BUY
Fermáta
Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars A confident fusion debut from Fermata, with Tomás Berka's keyboards and Frantisek Griglák's guitar playing providing a particularly interesting sound. Raw and aggressive, the music clearly shows a mild Mahavishnu Orchestra influence, Griglak in particular showing just as much capacity as John McLaughlin for fast-paced playing - as shown off on the opening track Rumunská Rapsódia. A good fusion debut which feels at points rather anonymous - the band would develop a more distinctive sound over the course of subsequent albums, of course. Fans of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and anyone interested in jazz from beyond the Iron Curtain will be particularly happy with this one.
 Fermáta X by FERMATA album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.68 | 22 ratings

BUY
Fermáta X
Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Music By Mail

3 stars The cross on the front cover is a discreet sign telling you in fact that this is the tenth album by the Slovakian band! And they push the vice as far as giving you ten tracks too! Guitarist Frantisek Griglák is the only original member left and he's now also partly taking charge of keyboards; bass player Fedor Freso has been on the three albums made in 1980 and 1981, Midlan Tedla - here guesting on violin on one track - had also appeared once previously; so if the '99 version is presenting a new drummer (Martin Valihora) and an additional keyboard player (Peter Prelozník), the musical direction is firmly taken in charge by the guitarist (composing, arrangements) and the bass player, who is also the producer. Fermata has well kept alive the good values that made them popular: a sense for melodic development, a solid rhythm section, rich keyboard textures and a good technical playing ability. To keep the sound in tune with the times, programming and samplers are also integrated; Fermata's music is of a much expressive nature with great lyricism and classicism; if the fire from the 70's may have slightly faded a bit, putting up an album like "X" 24 years after their debut album from 1975 is in itself a remarquable achievement and it is a much enjoyable album indeed!

Note! The line up given here by the original poster is WRONG and should tend to have you believe that the band returned to their original line up for their tenth album! This is NOT the case! Tomás Berka (keyboards), Anton Jaro (bass), Peter Szapu (drums), Peter Oláh (vocal) are NOT performing on "X" and I hope the admins at Prog Archives will correct this amalgam of false credits! Too bad from the poster's side not having duly made his/her homework!

 Ad Libitum/Simile... by FERMATA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2009
3.44 | 7 ratings

BUY
Ad Libitum/Simile...
Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Music By Mail

3 stars This is the 4th twofer released in 2009 on the label Opus, thus providing us with two more albums from the Slovakian band Fermata. And this one is a mixed bag! If "Ad Libitum" (1984) clearly shows signs of fatigue and sounds decidedly more plain rock than progressive, the return operated in 1991 after a long (and positive) break, ending with the release of "Simile", is far more interesting, presenting a band that found new energy and can bite again! The synth work also gives us rich and powerful sounds, able to sustain catchy melodies as well as darker moods or guitars on fire. There is a solid drumming throughout and some nice harmonic bass playing (the track "Mardi Gras" on Simile) or gentle arpeggiated acoustic guitar that give extra colours here and there. When this is said, I'd better finish by telling you that the band's highlights are still what they came with in the 70's; no matter how but the late releases from the 90's are still halting, compared to the initial outburst; and what they did in the mid 80's will probably not leave much positive in your memories! So to be fair, I should only rate this 2,5 stars, "Simile" being the only real value of this twofer.
 Huascaran by FERMATA album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.11 | 114 ratings

BUY
Huascaran
Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars This symphonic jazz/rock album from Eastern Europe is a popular title amongst symphonic fans. The album excels in balancing different moods against one another, busy funky fusion sections with lots of synths alternate with gentle piano parts, sweeping guitar solos and even some pastoral vocal sections. The interplay between the members is of consistently high quality as no one takes the spotlight unnecessary or diverts the attention from the compositions.

The album is meant to tell a story and this clearly shows in the compositions, which move from scene to scene, almost like Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition". In structure at least, as the music lacks dramatic impact for me, there are section that rock out, but I'm not a fan of the mellow melodic style, nor of the sympho-funk style they use at times . The production could be better as well, the instruments don't always blend together well and it's too polished and synthetic for my taste. In other words, it's the typical Progrock sound of the second half of the 70s.

This is a good fusion album, and at the same time it's an adequate symphonic album. Fans of melodic fusion like RTF should apreciate this a lot. But looking at the Eastern European scene, I prefer SBB and Blue Effect.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives