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Sinfonietta - The Janacek Of Jazz [HQCD] by Emil Viklicky Trio
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Artist/Band:Emil Viklicky Trio
Name:Sinfonietta - The Janacek Of Jazz [HQCD]
Cat No.:VHCD-1034
Performed by:Emil Viklicky (piano)
George Mraz (bass)
Lewis Nash (drums)
Release Date:10/21/2009
Description:A brand-new recording released on superior-sounding HQCD!

Folk melodies have inspired many jazz musicians around the world to meld the improvisational and rhythmic flairs of jazz with local traditions to create something new. We have seen Toshiko Akiyoshi do so with Japanese folk songs and Jan Lundgren with Swedish melodies. Emil Viklicky of the Czech Republic (b. 1948) stands out among them as an adapter of Moravian songs to jazz.

Described by one critic as "the Janacek of jazz," Viklicky has extensively studied the music and methods of Leos Janacek (1854-1928), one of the four great Czech composers along with Smetana, Dvorak and Martinu. He has studied at Berklee School of Music and his individualistic piano style is informed by Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans and Bud Powell. On this Japanese debut CD, Viklicky uses Janacek's and his own compositions--all based on or inspired by Moravian songs--as vehicles for his unique adaptation and improvisation.

Supporting him in a trio format is his countryman, long-time collaborator and bass virtuoso George Mraz, and first-rate drummer Lewis Nash. This is a truly unique blend of music: the mood is often melancholic and languid, the harmonies are subtle and complex, and melodies strikingly beautiful. The levels of musicianship and interaction are extremely high. It may not appear exciting at a casual glance, but attentive listeners will be richly rewarded. Recommended!

The vinyl LP version of this album is available here.

Produced by Tetsuo Hara and Todd Barkan. Recorded at Avatar Studio in New York on August 16 & 17, 2008. "Sinfonietta" recorded at Czech Radio Studio A in Prague on February 13, 2007. This CD package contains a full-length English liner notes by Doug Ramsey. HQCD (High Quality CD) is a new CD formulation that offers superior sound quality. It is compatible with all regular CD players.

Album Tracks:
1. The Forlorn Peach TreeMP3 Sample
2. When I Walked
3. A Bird Flew Over
4. Gone With WaterMP3 Sample
5. In The Mists
6. Touha (Desire)
7. My Lover Is Leaving Me
8. FanoshuMP3 Sample
9. Sweet Basil
10. She Was Walking Meadow
11. Jenufa Act 2 Scene 8
12. Sinfonietta
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