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Blue Effect (Modrý Efekt) - A Benefit of Radim Hladík [Aka: Modrý Efekt & Radim Hladík] CD (album) cover


Blue Effect (Modrý Efekt)


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.28 | 165 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars This was my first ever contact with this legendary Czech outfit. I have to say I didn´t know about them until a few weeks ago when a friend told me about the group and ask me to research for them. I was quite surprised how well recorded and well done is their musc. The original album seems to be totally instrumental and the style varies from prog rock ( Boty, Čajovna and Ztráty a nálezy, with some Camel influence on the latter two) to pure jazz rock/fusion stravaganza (Sládanka, that could easily be on Frank Zappa´s 70´s stuff) to mix of them both (Hypertenze).

Besides Radim Hladík´s excellent guitar work and the usual keyboards/bass/drums backing, we still have some interesting sax, flute and violin adds. The two bonus tracks are the only ones with vocals on it. The first is Armaggedon, another Frank Zappa influenced piece and Clara, recorded live that shows some real strong Santana overtones (in fact, I wonder if it is not a cover of a lost Santana song).

The musicanship is obviously brilliant. Although jazz rock/fusion is not my cup of tea, it is also not possible to overlook the talent and skill of those guys. I enjoyed the record very much, even if it took some spins to fully appreciate it. A nice surprise. If you like fusion or is prog lover with an open mind, this CD is recommended

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |


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