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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.89 | 17 ratings

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4 stars Another awesome one-off from a short-lived Czech band.

1. "Horni konec dolni konec" (4:07) two motifs, one funkier than the other and containing some nice dueling between trumpet, flanged electric guitar, double bass, and keyboard synth. (8.875/10)

2. "Cervanky" (4:47) slow and reflective with delicate yet-nuanced performances from all of the musicians. The music keeps getting stronger, more dynamic (and, melodically, more 1960s game show-like) over the course of its almost-five minutes. (8.75/10)

3. "Osmikraska" (5:49) opening with some bowed electric bass (or cello) that has a very interesting effect plugged into it, the song then launches with the whole band moving into a great bass-and-drum-led groove with horn section. Great syncopation from the drums and bass while guitarist Zdenek Fiser solos and Fender Rhodes player Pavel Kostiuk supports. Trumpeter Michal Gera takes the next turn in the lead while bassist Frantisek Uhlír does some interesting moving around beneath. Bowed electric violin (or cello) gets the next turn before the band comes back together to recite the collective melody line with the horns fully involved. Cool song! (9/10)

4. "V klidu a pohode" (4:23) ominous melody line to open this slow, ruminative song of suspicion and paranoia. A little too herky-jerky for my tastes. (8.75/10)

5. "Sextant" (4:43) even though the title here seems to give a nod to Herbie Hancock, I hear a predominance of Mahavishnu Orchestra with Jan Hammer-type Moog soloing. (9/10)

6. "Cumulus" (5:03) a nod to Billy Cobham's "Stratus"? a very quirky and interesting song making footprints in several j- r fusion camps: funk, technical, Smooth, experimental, and (9/10)

7. "Riko" (4:45) smooth jazz with some admirably-tight whole-band playing--especially from the multiple instruments proposing the melody together. My favorite song on the album. (9.25/10)

8. "Povidlove hody" (5:26) from the start this sounds like an experimental practice étude--like one of the band's warm up songs. (8.5/10)

Total Time 38:58

Very solid and nicely rendered performances of solid Jazz-Rock Fusion compositions.

B+/four stars; an album of Jazz-Rock Fusion that is, I feel, actually better than its score indicates. I recommend you try it for yourself--especially if you're into Jazz-Rock Fusion.

BrufordFreak | 4/5 |


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