Miroslav Vitous: U Dunaje U Prespurka
U Dunaje U Prespurka
Miroslav Vitous (bass)
Journey's End (ECM 1242)
Miroslav Vitous (bass),
John Surman (bass clarinet), John Taylor (piano), Jon Christensen (drums).
Composed by Miroslav Vitous.
Recorded: Oslo, Norway, July 1982
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
The singing quality of Vitous's bass is beautifully exemplified in his long solo introduction to this tune, based on a traditional Czech melody. The bassist, who'd long been living in the USA at the time, chose to play with an all-European band and to immerse us into a half-nostalgic, half-dancing atmosphere. As his partners' names hint, the level of the playing is very high, as is its emotional quality.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum