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JUTRO (En. "The Morning") was formed in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1970 with original line-up: Zoran Crnkovic-guitar, Marjan Frol-bass and Pavle Ristic-drums. Later on Miro Tomassini-bass, Dragan Gajo-drums and Alan Jakin-guitar replaced Frol and Ristic.

In the beginning they performed boogie rock, but during the mid-70s played cover versions of classical music works, notably that of Mozart, much in the vein of Dutch band EKSEPTION. They performed their prog rock version of "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" at the famous BOOM Pop Festival '73 in Ljubljana. Ristic came back for the recording of the 7" single "Prema Suncu/Mocart" in 1976, containing the repeated cover of the mentioned classical work.

In 1978, when Lado Jaksa-saxophone and Jordan Gancev-keyboards joined the group, JUTRO changed the style and started playing jazz-rock. They released only one album "Dobro jutro", which went unnoticed during the New Wave boom in ex-Yugoslavia in 1980, and the band slowly disappeared from the scene.

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 Dobro Jutro by JUTRO album cover Studio Album, 1980
2.58 | 10 ratings

Dobro Jutro
Jutro Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Joćo Paulo

3 stars A Yougoslavia band from begining os 80 decade and make a album that is some hard rock comercial and not Jazz Rock Fusion that I love very much. Lirics are nothing special and other instruments don't make the difference. When I by this album, I was espectate because this country have some of the most beautiful and best bands that I heard and this albuns is a poor example of the good music from Yougoslavia. Guitar nothing special, some nice bass and some nice drum's work but they don't really make the difference. It's an album just for yougoslavia music collectors but we listen some times and then rest in the group of cd's that we forget easy. I give 3 stars because original inspiration to make some news works is very difficult and this album is original.
 Dobro Jutro by JUTRO album cover Studio Album, 1980
2.58 | 10 ratings

Dobro Jutro
Jutro Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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2 stars The only album of Slovenian band. Whenever the year of release is 1980, one can expect some electronic/synth sound from 80-s, but it isn't. There are in fact a bit nostalgic mix of very old fashioned early r'n'r/boogie/rock, some really pleasant, but a bit vintage jazz fusion arrangements and early Eastern European/Yugo pop-rock.

Strong side of this album is the music is played professional, and generally instrumentation is competent. Weak point is besides still existing jazz fusion moments, in all album's music sounds a bit dated even for 1980, and almost everywhere is destroyed by pop-rock elements.

Hardly the album for jazz fusion fans, still could be interesting for Yu-jazz and pop-rock rock collectors.

My rating - 2+.

 Dobro Jutro by JUTRO album cover Studio Album, 1980
2.58 | 10 ratings

Dobro Jutro
Jutro Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Seyo
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars The title of this LP ("Good Morning") and a jovial comic strip cover design may suggest that it contains the music of some new, fresh, innovative and vigorous young band who has many interesting things on the plate to offer. The things stand a bit different, unfortunately.

As was the case with many former Yugoslavian prog bands from the 1970s, this album came at least 4-5 years late. JUTRO missed the opportunity to record an album during their "Mozart period", leaving only one 7" single behind in 1976. When they re-grouped in 1978 with prominent new members coming from the jazz scene, many things had already happened in the meantime: jazz-rock witnessed its peak in Yugoslavia with SEPTEMBER, LEB I SOL and SMAK having set high standards. Even the newcomers, Jaksa and Gančev, had just recorded an excellent album with short-lived SONČNA POT a year prior to "Dobro jutro", so their effort on this album when teamed-up with original trio of Crnkovič-Tomassini- Ristič looks rather lame. Most of the tracks and particularly the vocal ones are leaning towards the "lounge/crossover" type of jazz-rock that lacks inspiration and offers a linear, laid-back sound. Some of the moments are downright bad, of the kind forcing you to skip them during play, like unsuccessful heavy blues "Glasba vzame" ("Music With Me") and awful "Boogie", both with too aggressive bass and vocals that spoil the arrangement!

To be honest, this LP does contain three very good moments of pure fusion! Instrumentals "Dobro jutro" and "Cikorija" ("Chicory") have excellent saxophone lines by virtuoso L. Jaksa, nice piano backing chords by Gančev and brief but efficient guitar parts by Crnkovič. These instrumentals remind me of the better works by PASSPORT. "V moji mali sobi" ("In My Little Room") is vocal song in slower tempo while the Slovene lyrics and style of playing moves this closer to their Ljubljana neighbours SEPTEMBER. "Dvakrat" ("Twice") and "Po jezeru" ("At the Lake") are mediocre jazz-rock with pop- prog-crossover flavour of the cross between funky guitar jamming of THE ALLMAN BROS and gentle ballad instrumentals of CAMEL.

"Dobro jutro" marked the end of the "old way" jazz-rock at the time when new avant-approach fuelled with New Wave energy already appeared on the scene (check also the Slovene bands BEGNAGRAD or NA LEPEM PRIJAZNI). It remains of marginal interest for fusion fans, while the selected tracks are certainly valid hearing a few times.


P.A. RATING: 3/5

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