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Vibe Fantasy

CUBE-METIER MJCD 2633 [60 :26]




1. Devil’s rocks [5:30], 2. Memories of tomorrow [3:58], 3. Witch Hunt [7:57], 4. Dolly from Vienna [6:51], 5. Dirty Dozen [6:11], 6. Foot Prints [8:08], 7. Blue in Green [8:10], 8. Yes or No [6:50], 9. Pasians [6:46

Radek Krampl: Vibraphone; Martin Vondra: Saxophones ; Tomáš Liška : Bass ; Pavel Razím : Drums

Recorded 22 and 23 October, 2005 in Studio Bič Boží II, Jinočany, near Prague.


This disc is a must for vibes lovers as Radek Krampl is a wonderful player who puts the instrument through its paces and produces some truly beautiful sounds. He is backed by a superb trio of musicians and all four of them studied at the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatoire in Prague, an institution that has provided the Czech Republic with some brilliant ambassadors for the jazz idiom. Martin Vondra on saxes has a silky smooth tone that perfectly compliments Krampl’s vibes and there are some lovely examples of dialogue between instruments as on Dolly from Vienna, for example, when Krampl and Tomáš Liška a great bass player duet together. Krampl is also no mean composer having written four of the disc’s 9 tracks, the rest being from the pens of Wayne Shorter (3), Keith Jarrett and Miles Davis. Dirty Dozen has a blistering sax solo and Krampl’s vibes introduce a calming influence upon it and a gorgeous bass solo further dampens down the fierceness of the sax’s rant and Vondra comes back to finish in a much more subdued mood. Foot Prints opens with the bass bowed over an almost other worldly vibes tune with the sax taking up the main statement. In all the tracks Pavel Razím’s drumming is always supportive if, at times, a little over discreet, but I’m sure that someone who is also a graduate of the army conservatoire can give it out strongly if and when required! All in all it’s a great disc – really cool jazz doesn’t come any cooler than this!

Steve Arloff


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