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Emil Viklicky-Funky Way Of-'70s Czech jazz groove-NEWCD
Emil Viklický The Funky Way Of Emil Viklický NEW CD IN DIGIPACK

Funk and jazz colliding on the Eastern Bloc a few years after the Prague Spring and the Soviet tank invasion of 1968. A perfect introduction for Czech jazz with groove, with one of the masters: Emil Viklický. Emil Viklický is one of the most renowned Czech jazz musicians and composers. This focused-on-funk selection was recorded between 1975 and 1987 in Czechoslovak studios. Be it with the legendary SHQ or with Energit, accompanying Eva Svobodová, conducting a tight studio big band or collaborating with fellow Berklee College students Frisell/Driscoll/Johnson, Emil knows how to funk up his keys all the way through. Born in 1948 in Olomouc, by the end of the 1960s Emil Viklický was playing jazz while studying mathematics at the Palacký University, Olomouc. He moved to Prague in 1971 and decided to pursue a professional career as a jazz musician. In 1974 he teamed up with blues rock guitarist Lubo¿ Andr¿t, whose former hard rock group, Energit, had just been banned by the communist censors. Viklický significantly helped Andr¿t to transform Energit into a top-class instrumental jazz-rock combo, and with the group¿s self-titled album he also finally made his belated vinyl debut in 1975. In 1974 Viklický also joined Karel Velebný¿s legendary SHQ, where he served as a regular member until Velebný¿s premature death in 1989. Another long-lasting collaboration was with the gifted jazz singer Eva Svobodová. In the mid-1970s Viklický provided her with a backing trio and also composed a lot of original material for her. Eventually, Karel Velebný accepted her as an occasional guest vocalist with SHQ, which resulted in a series of seven-inch EPs. In 1976 Viklický was part of The Keyboard Conclave, diving into the world of latin-jazz fusion. On his gold-awarded 1977 solo album ¿V Holomóci meste¿ (aka ¿The Folk-Inspired Jazz Piano¿) he successfully explored the fusion of contemporary jazz with Moravian folk music. He guested on albums by singer/songwriter Vladimír Merta, the highly acclaimed folk-rock debut of the Marsyas group, and also on such obscurities like the international free-jazz project Interjazz 4 aka Good Old Circus (albeit anonymously). In his spare time he learned how to arrange big band tunes. The fruits of Viklický¿s broad activities was a one-year scholarship to study composition and arrangement at Boston¿s Berklee College of Music in 1977/78. In the US he was exposed to all flavours of contemporary jazz while jamming with numerous top musicians. Back home, some of his fellow students visited him in Prague in summer 1979: Bill Frisell, Kermit Driscoll and Vinnie Johnson. The Supraphon jazz producer Antonín Matzner promptly organized a two-day recording session in the aging studio Dejvice. The result was the 1980 album ¿Okno¿ (¿Window¿), plus one side¿s worth of session out-takes on the 1985 LP ¿Dvere/Door¿. Nowadays, besides bread-and-butter work like TV and film scores, he participates in countless jazz, folk and classical music projects. But most of these activities go far beyond the scope of our funky compilation. However, we do feature a collection of juicy big band versions of some of his best jazz-funk tunes. Arranged and conducted by the author himself, they were taped between 1979 and 1987 with members of various Czech jazz orchestras as ¿proofs of concept¿ during rehearsals. They remained unissued up to now. Extensive notes covering Emil Viklický¿s career by compiler Luká¿ Machata


Tracks list 1. Trochu Funky (The Funky Way) 2. Týden (Week) 3. Je¿te Jednou Slunce (Once Again Sun) 4. Kveten (Maytime) 5. Kam S Tím Blues (Chega De Saudade) 6. 70. Východní (East 70th Street) 7. Boston 8. Zelený Satén (Green Satin) 9. Hromovka (Thunderhouse) 10. Zeme Plná Lásky (A Land Full Of Love) 11. Zase Zapomneli Zavrít Okno (They¿ve Left The Window Open Again) 12. Siesta 13. Jumbo Jet 14. Ráno (Part 1, Kash Edit) (Morning) 

Emil Viklický ‎– The Funky Way Of Emil Viklický
Vampi Soul ‎– VAMPI CD 115
CD, Compilation, Remastered
05 Oct 2009
Fusion, Big Band, Jazz-Rock, Jazz-Funk, Latin Jazz
1     –Viklický* / Frisell* / Driscoll* / Johnson*     Trochu Funky (The Funky Way)     6:09
2     –SHQ     Týden (Week)     6:08
3     –Emil Viklický Studio Big Band     Ještě Jednou Slunce (Once Again Sun)     4:14
4     –Viklický* / Frisell* / Driscoll* / Johnson*     Květen (Maytime)     4:27
5     –Eva Svobodová     Kam S Tím Blues (Chega De Saudade)     3:46
6     –Emil Viklický Studio Big Band     70. Východní (East 70th Street)     5:09
7     –Viklický* / Frisell* / Driscoll* / Johnson*     Boston     4:43
8     –Energit     Zelený Satén (Green Satin)     5:49
9     –Emil Viklický Studio Big Band     Hromovka (Thunderhouse)     6:50
10     –SHQ featuring Eva Svobodová     Země Plná Lásky (A Land Full Of Love)     3:44
11     –Viklický* / Frisell* / Driscoll* / Johnson*     Zase Zapomněli Zavřít Okno (They've Left The Window Open Again)     4:32
12     –Emil Viklický Studio Big Band     Siesta     4:28
13     –Viklický* / Frisell* / Driscoll* / Johnson*     Jumbo Jet     6:14
14     –Energit     Ráno (Part 1, Kash Edit) (Morning)

    Edited By [Re-edit] – Lou Kash


    Arranged By – Emil Viklický (tracks: 1, 3 to 7, 9 to 13)
    Bass Guitar – Jan Vytrhlík (tracks: 8, 14), Kermit Driscoll (tracks: 1, 4, 7, 11, 13)
    Clavinet – Emil Viklický (tracks: 1, 4, 7, 11, 13)
    Compiled By, Research, Liner Notes, Design – Lukáš Machata
    Conductor – Emil Viklický (tracks: 3, 6, 9, 12)
    Congas – Jiří Tomek (tracks: 5, 10, 14)
    Double Bass – František Uhlíř (tracks: 2, 5, 10)
    Drums – Ivan Smažík (tracks: 2), Josef Vejvoda (tracks: 14), Karel Jenčík (tracks: 8), Milan Vitoch (tracks: 5, 10), Vinnie Johnson (tracks: 1, 4, 7, 11, 13)
    Electric Guitar – Bill Frisell (tracks: 1, 4, 7, 11, 13), Luboš Andršt (tracks: 8, 14)
    Electric Piano – Emil Viklický (tracks: 1, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14)
    Guitar – Antonín Viktora (tracks: 5)
    Lyrics By – Vladimír Čort (tracks: 5, 10)
    Music By – Emil Viklický (tracks: 1 to 4, 6 to 13), Luboš Andršt (tracks: 14)
    Music By, Lyrics By [Original] – Antonio Carlos Jobim (tracks: 5)
    Other [Special Thanks] – Iñigo Munster
    Percussion – Jaromír Helešic (tracks: 2)
    Piano [Acoustic] – Emil Viklický (tracks: 2, 5, 10)
    Producer [Original Recordings] – Antonín Matzner (tracks: 1, 4, 7, 11, 13), Hynek Žalčík (tracks: 14), Jaroslav Kratochvíl (tracks: 2), Karel Srp (tracks: 8)
    Remastered By – Ian Shepherd
    Soprano Saxophone [Electric] – Rudolf Ticháček (tracks: 8, 14)
    Synthesizer – Emil Viklický (tracks: 1, 2, 4, 7, 11, 13)
    Vibraphone – Karel Velebný (tracks: 2, 10)
    Vocals – Eva Svobodová (tracks: 5, 10), Jiří Tomek (tracks: 10)
    Voice – Karel Velebný (tracks: 10)

1975–1987 with Energit, SHQ, Eva Svobodová, Bill Frisell and a studio big band

Total time 79:47

Digitally remastered at Sound Recording Technology, UK, from 24-bit transfers of the original analog master tapes.
Photos courtesy of Emil Viklický and Eva Svobodová.
Licensed from Supraphon a.s., except tracks 03, 06, 09 & 12 licensed from Emil Viklický.
This compilation ℗ & © 2009 Distrolux SL

Our deep respect goes to all musicians involved in these recordings. Many thanks for help and support to Emil Viklický, Eva Svobodová, Luboš Andršt, František Uhlíř, Markéta Jonášová, Eva Písařová, Marek Skolil, Barbora Velebná, Miloš Sommer, Ian Shepherd, Ivana & Chris Crockett.

Originally released on vinyl albums
“Energit” 1975 – 14
“Okno” 1980 – 01, 04, 07, 11, 13
“Můj ráj” 1984 – 05
and on 7" singles and EPs 1976–1977 – 02, 08, 10
Tracks 03, 06, 09 & 12 previously unreleased (rec. 1979–1987)

(01, 04, 07, 11, 13) from album “Okno”, ℗ 1980 Supraphon 11152754
Recorded 11.06.1979, studio Dejvice, Prague
(02) from 7" EP “Mini Jazz Klub 18”, ℗ 1977 Panton 330436
Recorded 02.03.1977, studio Břevnov, Prague
(03, 06, 09, 12) unknown personnel
Previously unreleased, courtesy of Emil Viklický
Recorded on 2-track, August 1981 (03, 12), 31.03.1987 (06), 1979 (09) in Prague
(05) from album “Můj Ráj”, ℗ 1984 Supraphon 11153280
Recorded 24.10.1983, studio Mozarteum, Prague
08 from 7" EP “Mini Jazz Klub 6”, ℗ 1976 Panton 330392
Recorded 14.06.1976, Czechoslovak Radio, Prague
14 originally from album “Energit” (1975, Supraphon 1131787)
Recorded 22.12.1974, studio Dejvice, Prague, this edit ℗ 2009
(10) from 7" single “Zrcadlení • Země Plná Lásky”, ℗ 1977 Supraphon 1452075
Recorded 31.01.1977, studio Mozarteum, Prague

Manufactured in the EU
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Barcode: 8435008862084
    Matrix / Runout: SER742 #1
    Other (Rights society): SGAE

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