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Jazz Rock/Fusion • Czech Republic


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Energit was founded in 1972 from the ashes of Flamengo, wherefrom two members originate: Ivan Khunt (vocals) and Jaroslav "Erno" Sedivý (drums). Completing the core lineup was Lubos Andrst (Framus 5, Jazz Q) and Vladimír Padr?n?k (Jazz Q). Soon after its inception, the band was banned from playing live. At this time they were playing hard rock similar to Flamengo, with (supposedly) provocative lyrics; for a time in 1974 even Vladimír Misík of Flamengo fame sang for them. They were under pressure from the government, resulting in the emigration of Sedivý and Khunt. After that Lubos Andrst took over the band, and recruited mostly jazz-oriented musicians over the years, most notably Emil Viklický on keyboards, whose presence graced the excellent self-titled debut LP in 1975. In 1976 they released an E.P. and made an appearance on "Jazzrock Workshop 2" compilation. A further LP was released in 1978 (this time more funk-oriented), after which the band disappeared into obscurity. Recently they have been reformed by Andrst, Kulhánek, Sedivý and Honza Hole?ek, and gig around Czech Republic.

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Discography:

LP:
1975 - Energit
1978 - Piknik

EP:
1976 - Mini jazz klub No. 6

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4.47 | 19 ratings
Energit
1975
3.97 | 14 ratings
Piknik
1978

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4.00 | 2 ratings
Mini Jazz Klub 6
1976

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 Energit by ENERGIT album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.47 | 19 ratings

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Energit Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Take the Mahavishnu Orchestra sound from The Inner Mounting Flame, remove the violin and put a mean sax in its place: that's what the Energit sound amounts to on their self-titled debut album. Are they a clone band here? Well, maybe, maybe not, different people draw the line different places on that score - but what I can say is that just as band leader Lubos Andrst is able pull off an uncannily accurate take on John McLaughlin's guitar tone, the band as a whole manage to match early Mahavishnu in terms of quality for much of this album. Occasional spacier moments keep things varied, but it's really the volcanic eruptions of Mahavishnu- derived fusion which make this album.

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Energit Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Argonaught

5 stars I know why a lot of excellent jazz-rock fusion grows (or used to grow) in the United States; because this country is the birthplace of jazz and rock, so they just fused together.

I have sampled quite a few non-US albums that purported to be "fusion", and (no names named for the sake of peace), well, they either weren't good enough, or weren't jazz-rock fusion enough. Venezuela .. Brazil .. Hungary ..the UK ... France .. Italy .. Norway .. things just didn't seem to be "fusing" properly in these otherwise lovely places. I couldn't even consider John McLaughlin and Jean-Luc Ponty as "British" and "French" respectively, because they were living and working in the US when they did what they did best in their careers.

With the notable exception of the German United Jazz-Rock Ensemble, and the Russian band Arsenal (to a limited degree), perhaps.

The Czechoslovakia of the 70s was a standalone phenomenon in this respect. Somehow the country the size of Pennsylvania, tucked away behind the Iron Curtain produced 3 world class fusion bands: Energit, Modry Efekt and Jazz-Q within a short period of time.

Energit's Energit is probably my favorite title of all the albums, produced by the said 3 bands in that period. I would be struggling to adequately describe its "features and benefits", but would certainly recommend that everI

With its Inventive and, frankly, refreshing melody lines, highest level musicianship and the contagious upbeat mood Energit could give a head start to just about any of the internationally revered fusion bands.

The best feature of Energit is the smile that it leaves on your face .. I would recommend that you consider treateing yourself to your own copy of Energit!

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3.97 | 14 ratings

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Energit Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Three years after their incredible debut ENERGIT are back with their final studio album. We get a new drummer and keyboardist while they've also added trombone and trumpet to the already existing sax. The debut had a lot in common with MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA while this one is much smoother and refined unfortunately. Still for 1978 this is a great album.

"Drift" sounds nothing like their debut as we get this funked up sound reminding me of Hancock's Headhunters album. Man this is the funk people as horns blast. We do get some guitar and electric piano taking the lead as well as it plays out. Excellent start. "Stratus" opens with atmosphere and piano as drums and guitar join in. Check out the drum work here ! The guitar is outstanding as well. Horns 3 1/2 minutes in then it settles late with atmosphere to end it. "Jami Rovnodennost" is led at first by piano then the acoustic guitar comes in and leads the rest of the way. "Mobilis In Mobili" is one of my favourites. Raw guitar with electric piano and drums as the horns join in. I like how the horns, electric piano and guitar keep taking turns leading.

"Zapomenuty Ostrov" has this somewhat haunting intro then percussion, horns and electric piano start to lead. Deep bass lines and drums follow. Electric piano leads 2 minutes in. Guitar 3 minutes in but then horns and electric piano return as they trade off. It settles after 5 minutes then starts to pick up before 7 minutes. Great sound ! "Ricni Pisek" has these deep bass lines, solid drum work and more. The sax starts to play over top before 2 1/2 minutes. "Piknik" is uptempo with horns blasting to start. Electric piano leads 2 minutes in then the drums and synths lead after 4 minutes until the guitar kicks in after 5 minutes.

A really good album that's worth 4 stars for sure but get the debut if you can.

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 Mini Jazz Klub  6 by ENERGIT album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1976
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Mini Jazz Klub 6
Energit Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars The year after ENERGIT released their amazing debut album they released a short EP consisting of just two songs totalling 12 minutes. This "Mini Jazz Klub 6" release is in the same style of the debut thankfully and really impresses me.

Soumrak" opens with electric piano as the bass and drums join in followed by the sax. This is laid back and groovy baby. Love the chunky bass. Electric piano leads after 2 1/2 minutes when the sax stops. The guitar joins in a minute later. Nice. The sax is back to end it as the bass growls.

"Zeleny Saten" is very MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA-like. Absolutely fantastic ! Love the electric piano, drums and guitar. Killer stuff.

Without question a nice companion for the debut studio album. And a solid 4 stars.

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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5 stars Here's a band from the Czech Republic that promptly blew my head off. They originally arose from the ashes of FLAMENGO with the drummer and vocalist of that band joining forces with JAZZ Q's guitarist and bass player. The Communist government quickly banned the group citing the lyrics as being too provocative. They were pretty much playing Hard Rock at this time. So the band sort of imploded with ex-JAZZ Q guitarist Lubos Andrst keeping it alive by hiring Jazz players to fill out the new lineup. This is their first studio album and it's very much a MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA styled recording but with sax instead of violin. I have to say that the electric piano and guitar work is beyond incredible on this album.

I'm using the English song titles. "Morning Part I" is the opening side long suite. Outbursts of sound come and go then percussion only as drums then electric piano join in. Yes we have a drummer and a percussionist (congas) the latter brings SANTANA's music to mind at times. Deep bass lines come to the fore then sax. The guitar after 2 minutes starts to light it up. Sax replaces the guitar around 4 minutes and he's now ripping it up after 5 minutes. Electric piano and percussion also standout here. A calm before 7 1/2 minutes then percussion, electric piano and bass take over. The guitar joins in and eventually comes to the fore after 10 1/2 minutes and proceeds to light it up. It settles right down after 14 1/2 minutes then turns powerful again a minute later with sax playing over top. So freaking good.

"The Early Sunday" sounds great with electric piano, drums and bass leading the way as the sax joins in. "Night-Butterfly" opens with atmosphere as sparse sounds come and go. A change 2 1/2 minutes in as it turns powerful with bass and drums as the electric piano plays over top. The guitar starts to solo 4 1/2 minutes in. it settles back to that intro soundscape before 6 1/2 minutes right to the end. "Apotheosis" features guitar, electric piano, drums and synths throughout. "Morning Part II" is a great way to end the album reprising the opening track. This of course is a much shorter version. Percussion only ends it.

I have to give this 5 stars. So powerful and the guitar and electric piano are intoxicating to say the least.

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3.97 | 14 ratings

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Energit Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Suedevanshoe

4 stars It's been a pleasant experience stumpling upon Energit. Their music is quite innovative compared to some of the pedestrian jazzrock groups out there, and my ears glide easily through the 4 sides Energit put to wax.

The self titled debut used free jazz to inspire their rock oriented jamming--Piknik draws more on groove. The musicians are obviously world class and having a great time, and it shows on the record. 8 musicians contribute to the full sound the group achieves, and the dynamic patterns displayed throughout the music enhance the listening experience through gates that transcend nature. Energit came to me at the right time, and the obscure nature of this Czech group add to the appeal for me.

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Energit Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Marty McFly
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4 stars Jazz, fusion, or something with funky sounds, more like everything at all, with Santana-like guitar solos.

As instrumental pieces, these tracks present quite innovative melodies, which are sometimes hidden so well, that you don't hear any melody at all. I feel need to say that "Luboš Andršť" is rated as one of the best Czech guitarists (oh yeah, our country has few of these remarkably best ones), as shown in acoustic, flamenco-like solo in Jarní rovnodennost (Solstice), which offers the better side of this record.

What brings me to negatives, problem is that I don't hear any. Maybe problem of jazz itself, that it has parts, where nothing's going on. But that's just first look (hear), when you listen closely and concentrate your mind, you'll see these hidden relations between certain parts, which forms musical composition. Indeed, one of the best jazz music from Czech Republic, I even didn't know about this for a long time, but it's over now.

4(-), because it's very good jazz album. But not so good for me, as I'm not the best jazz listener, in fact I'm far from being the best and I'm still so called jazz apprentice. I'm trying, but it's coming slowly. But I can see perfection in this and because of this, final rating is 4.

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