JAZZ Q PRAHA /JAZZ Q

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Jazz Q is a jazz-rock/art-rock band led, since 1964, by keyboard player Martin Kratochvíl.

The group has undergone numerous personnel changes down the years, with notable former members including jazz flautist Jiří Stivín and guitarists Radim Hladík and Luboš Andršt.

As of March 2011, the line-up featured Kratochvíl on Moog and Fender Rhodes piano alongside a vocalist, guitarist, bassist and drummer.

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Martin Kratochvil became well known to audiences throughout Eastern Europe in the 1970's, when he brought jazz-rock and live electronic performance to this part of the world with his legendary group Jazz Q, which between 1970 and 1984 recorded a dozen albums and won prizes at several international festivals, including San Sebastian and Zurich. Before this time, Kratochvil had managed to earn a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Prague's Charles University, travel in England for a year, and pursue his interest in jazz, competitive skiing and mountain climbing. In 1976 he became
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JAZZ Q PRAHA /JAZZ Q Pozorovatelna album cover 4.20 | 5 ratings
Pozorovatelna
Fusion 1973
JAZZ Q PRAHA /JAZZ Q Symbiosis album cover 4.40 | 5 ratings
Symbiosis
Jazz Related Rock 1974
JAZZ Q PRAHA /JAZZ Q Elegie album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Elegie
Jazz Related Rock 1976
JAZZ Q PRAHA /JAZZ Q Zvěsti / Tidings album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Zvěsti / Tidings
Jazz Related Rock 1979
JAZZ Q PRAHA /JAZZ Q Hodokvas (Feasting) album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Hodokvas (Feasting)
Jazz Related Rock 1980
JAZZ Q PRAHA /JAZZ Q Hvězdoň / Asteroid album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Hvězdoň / Asteroid
Jazz Related Rock 1984
JAZZ Q PRAHA /JAZZ Q Znovu album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Znovu
Fusion 2013
JAZZ Q PRAHA /JAZZ Q Talisman album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Talisman
Jazz Related Rock 2016

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JAZZ Q PRAHA /JAZZ Q 1974-75 Live album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
1974-75 Live
Fusion 1991

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JAZZ Q PRAHA /JAZZ Q Album, které nikdy nevyššlo // Pozorovatelna album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Album, které nikdy nevyššlo // Pozorovatelna
Jazz Related Rock 2001

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JAZZ Q PRAHA /JAZZ Q Symbiosis

Album · 1974 · Jazz Related Rock
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Second full band's studio album (and third at all) and the first one recorded under shortened band's name (from Jazz Q Praha). Being one of the leading Czech fusion band in early 70-s, the collective has quite unusual history. In late 60-s they were full-bodied free jazz band without even small rock influences. Their first release was split work with Czech another leading jazz-rock band,Blue Effect. Blue Effect have their roots in blues rock, and split release was interesting experiment trying to add more jazz in Blue Effect sound on the wave of becoming very fashionable jazz-rock. All compositions on the mentioned album are played by both bands at the same time.As a result, one of the very first Czech fusion album was recorded, Blue Effect turned to more fusion sound, and Jazz Q Praha - from free jazz to jazz fusion!

On their second album Jazz Q recorded one track with English vocalist Joan Duggan , and for this, their third release, she relocated to Czech Republic (for some years) and became regular band's member. This album shows even bigger move to jazz-rock sound with some blues elements. But main influence obviously was Brian Auger's band with Julie Tippett.

In fact, all album's compositions are jazz-rock,played by mostly jazz musicians with strong (if not very original) female vocals. Very often it sounds like the musicians are trying to play rock, but their jazz background could be traced almost everywhere. Keyboards sounds is important in all mix and are influenced more by early Santana's band sound (with some Latin fusion elements),than by Auger. Bass is deep and groovy,and he builds very jazzy feeling as well. Guitarist is excellent,and his rock-like soloing is filling all the space, but again guitar's sound is not sharp or aggressive, but more jazzy,with plenty of improvs.

Compositions are well structured,perfectly played and arranged, various compositionally, so all album sounds as one excellent work. Not most jazzy band's album, but excellent recording for competent jazz fusion fans. One of the best fusion release coming from Central Europe of 70-s.

CD version contains bonus track (Predzvest 9:40).

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snobb wrote:
more than 2 years ago
They are Czech...
João Paulo wrote:
more than 2 years ago
A very beautiful album of this Polish band.It is remarkable the harmony between the female voice and the rest of serious music.
The composition is based on a slow song, very quiet, with a harmonic context based on guitar and keyboards, in a perfect duet. There's dizzying guitar solos or keys because they are not needed, because the composition is so beautiful that involves us in a ZEN atmosphere.
A very beautiful album that will surprise listeners, the lyrics are in English, a country closed to the musical culture of Western Europe in the seventies, when this album was produced

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