JANKO NILOVIĆ

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Of all the innumerable musicians who’ve composed library music, 73-year-old Janko Nilovic ranks among the most prominent and prolific. Born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1941, he moved to Paris in 1960 and has since recorded upwards of 60 albums and dozens of 45s. His work spans countless genres – everything from classical and jazz to psychedelic rock, funk/soul, and Latin – and has been sampled by both Jay-Z and the Beatnuts.

Though much of Nilovic’s oeuvre has been relegated to dusty crates and eBay auctions, independent labels like Light in the Attic Records have reissued several of Nilovic’s albums. This year, Parisian record label Underdog Records reissued two of Nilovic’s albums, Pop Impressions and Super America. Deft and engaging experiments in disparate sonic templates, the former sounds nothing like the pop music you might expect, and the latter features rhythms far removed from America. If you’ve enjoyed any of Madlib’s
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Soul Impressions / Pop Impressions / Super AmericaSoul Impressions / Pop Impressions / Super America
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Underdog Records 2014
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Underdog Records 2015
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Underdog Records 2014
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Vadim Music 2011
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Broc Records 2019
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Impressions Volume 2 by Janko NilovicImpressions Volume 2 by Janko Nilovic
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JANKO NILOVIĆ Discography

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JANKO NILOVIĆ Hommage a Monsieur Charlie Chaplin album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hommage a Monsieur Charlie Chaplin
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1968
JANKO NILOVIĆ Janko Nilovic, Hervé Roy & Raymond Guiot album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Janko Nilovic, Hervé Roy & Raymond Guiot
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1968
JANKO NILOVIĆ Fantasmagorie album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fantasmagorie
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1969
JANKO NILOVIĆ Psyc Impressions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Psyc Impressions
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1969
JANKO NILOVIĆ Bastringue au saloon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bastringue au saloon
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1970
JANKO NILOVIĆ Musique Pour Les Enfants Sages album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Musique Pour Les Enfants Sages
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1971
JANKO NILOVIĆ Classical Phases album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Classical Phases
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1971
JANKO NILOVIĆ Vocal Impressions (with Dave Sucky) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vocal Impressions (with Dave Sucky)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1971
JANKO NILOVIĆ Pop' Impressions album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Pop' Impressions
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1972
JANKO NILOVIĆ Supra Pop Impressions (Featuring J.-P. Alarcen) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Supra Pop Impressions (Featuring J.-P. Alarcen)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1973
JANKO NILOVIĆ Jouets Musicaux album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Jouets Musicaux
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1973
JANKO NILOVIĆ Jazz Impressions 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Impressions 1
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1973
JANKO NILOVIĆ Jazz Impressions 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Impressions 2
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1973
JANKO NILOVIĆ Rythmes Contemporains (aka Giant) album cover 4.98 | 2 ratings
Rythmes Contemporains (aka Giant)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1974
JANKO NILOVIĆ Percussions dans l'espace album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Percussions dans l'espace
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1974
JANKO NILOVIĆ Chorus album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Chorus
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1974
JANKO NILOVIĆ Soul Impressions album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Soul Impressions
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1975
JANKO NILOVIĆ Funky Tramway (aka Funky Music) album cover 3.02 | 2 ratings
Funky Tramway (aka Funky Music)
Exotica 1975
JANKO NILOVIĆ Un Couple Dans La Ville album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Un Couple Dans La Ville
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1976
JANKO NILOVIĆ Pop Shopin (with Willy Albimoor) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pop Shopin (with Willy Albimoor)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1976
JANKO NILOVIĆ Concerto pour un Fou album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Concerto pour un Fou
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1976
JANKO NILOVIĆ Guitare classique album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Guitare classique
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1976
JANKO NILOVIĆ Pop Shopin album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pop Shopin
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1976
JANKO NILOVIĆ Super America album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Super America
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1976
JANKO NILOVIĆ Un Homme Dans L'Univers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Un Homme Dans L'Univers
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1978
JANKO NILOVIĆ A Special Radio-TV-Video-Film Record Nº16 - Balkans Impression album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Special Radio-TV-Video-Film Record Nº16 - Balkans Impression
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1979
JANKO NILOVIĆ Un piano dans l'ouest album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Un piano dans l'ouest
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1979
JANKO NILOVIĆ Musique Pour Films Muets album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Musique Pour Films Muets
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1986
JANKO NILOVIĆ Paris Pop Galaxy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paris Pop Galaxy
Exotica 2002
JANKO NILOVIĆ Cosmic Energy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cosmic Energy
Exotica 2006

JANKO NILOVIĆ EPs & splits

JANKO NILOVIĆ Visions Fantastique album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Visions Fantastique
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1968

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JANKO NILOVIĆ Impressions Vol 1: Soul Pop Jazz Afro Latin & Vocal Gems album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Impressions Vol 1: Soul Pop Jazz Afro Latin & Vocal Gems
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2000
JANKO NILOVIĆ Impressions Vol.2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Impressions Vol.2
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2000
JANKO NILOVIĆ Last Impressions - The Definitive and Essential Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Last Impressions - The Definitive and Essential Collection
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2007

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JANKO NILOVIĆ Funky Tramway (aka Funky Music)

Album · 1975 · Exotica
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Dramatic, (eclectically) all over the place, funky, surprising, yeah, all of those things and more. True to his ability to write and produce music in an astounding array of styles, Janko Nilovic returns to material with some relationship to the masterful ‘Rythmes Contemporains’ from the year before. While ‘Funky Tramway’ doesn’t deliver the same level of exciting pieces, or the same depth of exploration, it’s still one of his best records.

The pieces here are generally longer than most of his releases, giving the musicians more time to explore some interesting themes. The songs range across funk, jazz, pop, psyche, rock and novelty genres, with funk being the approximate overreaching banner. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of this album is the introduction (or intrusion?) of the synths, a sound that I at first didn’t think suited Nilovic’s take on exotica, but then, somehow the spacey sounds work well enough. They contrast if not compliment the horns and funk approach common to a lot of the songs. What it does match is the airy, female wordless vocals that feature in so many of his recordings, and so here Nilovic continues to explore and meld at least.

That dreamy atmosphere he creates so well with such use of vocals is typified by ‘Flemish Suite’ where they lurk beyond a jaunty piano intro, and slow everything down to a Pink Floyd-esque tempo in the best example of how the synthesisers are effective. Elsewhere his knack for writing material that would suit any number of cop shows has not waned, as parts of ‘Underground Party’ evoke this, despite the big-sounding choruses. In fact, if anything pulls this particular release down for me, it’s the use of vocals throughout. They aren’t terrible at all, and they always fit what the music is doing, I just don’t always enjoy them. ‘Manneken-Pis Rock’ is a prime example, though it’s got some good counterpoint going at times…I don’t know. Maybe it’s too chipper?

Where Janko jumps into a funky ones with both feet is where this album succeeds most, such as the Shaft-like title track, ‘Disconnected Song’ or ‘Gipsy Funk’ each which have some nice beats and soloing from the keys. ‘Atomium 82’ is reminiscent of the dramatic vocal chorus he’s often employed, and it alternates between quieter moments and what might be a synth freak-out. ‘Little Butcher’s Street’ is worth mentioning too, it satisfies my need for some longer soloing and ‘build’ in a song, though I could use a few guitar or horn solos too.

In fact, the more I write about this album, the more I realise the synth is the real star here. So if you aren’t a big fan of that sound but you’re looking to add another Janko album to your collection, have a listen to a few tracks first. It’s still got that familiar music-library exotica style, and definitely remains one of his better records, but with a distinct change in the sound of lead voices. So I can't go as high as 'excellent' here, but for a fan, I recommend seeking it out.

JANKO NILOVIĆ Soul Impressions

Album · 1975 · Jazz Related Soundtracks
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This is catchy Exotica, with Nilovic's deft touch for both composition and arrangement.

It includes what I've come to think of (after hearing half a dozen releases from him) as his (and much Exotica's) fearless genre-mixing approach to an album. In part, this obviously reflects the nature of recording for library labels - shorter, snapshot-like pieces that sketch an idea (vividly) but don't stick around to develop it too far. But at the same time, as evidenced by some of his other release, Nilovic knows how to write something just as snappy or memorable with or without constraints.

Drawing from a diverse instrumental palette that shoots for 'funk' but is light and rocky too, 'Soul Impressions' flits across a dozen genres. Using acoustic and electric guitars, horns, flute, drums, percussion and organs, it is only missing the strings and wordless vocals from his other releases.

Opener 'Hippocampus' is a great funk rock track, with a feel that is echoed at other times, like in the car-chase 'Crazy Enterprise' and 'Man of Genius.' Elsewhere there is just a breath of menace in 'Push Push' and a Curtis-esque moment in 'Drug Song.' Nilovic also slows things down occasionally, with the sweet 'Open Country' and ballad 'Lady Day.'

At times it's not hard to feel frustrated that the band isn't able to stretch out like they did in the previous year's fantastic 'Rythmes Contemporains' but that is the nature of the recording. This is a great album but may not appeal to Jazz fans who prefer their pieces to stretch out and explore.

JANKO NILOVIĆ Rythmes Contemporains (aka Giant)

Album · 1974 · Jazz Related Soundtracks
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Wow, cinematic indeed. I'd been waiting to buy this album for a while and finally got a hold of it almost by accident, running into a friend who lent me their copy on the condition that I protect it well.

Safe to say I liked it enough that I've ordered my own.

Nilovic gathered 45 musicians for this monster session and its fruits are impressive - in fact, the term 'library music,' (when used in a derogatory sense) is unfair to Janko's 'Rythmes Contemporain.' Rather, the record is a seething set of exotica that stretches from lush pop to big band, fusion and beyond, as well any album that is part of the exotica genre should.

Horns and a funk-influenced rhythm section are supported by strings, flute, electric guitar, piano and a (wordless) choir among other instruments. They create, at times, a wonderful restlessness to much of the music, while at the same time, the pieces effortlessly incorporate harmony and melody, along with unexpected twists in mood or direction that kept me hitting the play button. In fact, it's probably the composition and arrangement that are the stars of 'Rythmes Contemporain' - not that I mean to fault the players or the sound quality, both of which are top notch.

With a funk undertone to many pieces, leaving the brass to either flesh things out or to solo, the album has a good share of driving beats and rave-party-like percussion, such as in opener 'Black on A White Ground.' Soon enough it eases into a more measured section that really brings a film score to mind, in the way that the melody parts work more like motifs rather than the head of a hard bop tune. (And take your pick as to which film - it could fit quite a many and do them all justice.)

Of the six songs (totaling under forty minutes) no piece overstays its welcome. 'Mouvements Aquatiles' is brief but beautiful and 'Underground Session' brings some menace in addition to its dueling sax and guitar solos, stretching out nicely. The multi-part opener and follow up 'Giant Locomotion' are also extended pieces but the highlight of the album, 'Xenos Cosmos' manages to go everywhere in half the time. And it's great to catch a trace of laughter early on in the track (Nilovic maybe?) as it sounds like the players are having a blast.

If you've any interest in the exotica genre or want something that brings jazz crashing into the world of film scores (though not in an equally satisfying Duke Ellington 'Anatomy of a Murder' way) then seek out 'Rythmes Contemporain' and see for yourself how enjoyable it can be. Even with the heady-rush of an album I've only had for a month, four stars.

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