Michal Nejtek Trio feat. Jiří Šimek (CZ)
Michal Nejtek – piano, Tomáš Liška – double bass, Martin Novák – percussion, Jiří Šimek – guitar
The pianist and composer Michal Nejtek is a musician of multiple genres. His most recent record “8 for 3 and 4” has also fulfilled his dream of recording an album in a jazz trio. A dream that many would achieve at the first possible opportunity, whereas Nejtek held off for twenty-five years. The result shows that it was worth the wait.
Nejtek’s compositions are imbued with pleasant melodic lines and catchy flowing grooves, yet none of it comes off as glib. The expressive, genre-defying, harmonically piqued compositions meld with Nejtek’s distinctive interpretation and his thoroughly collaborative colleagues to give rise to works of timeless value.
When choosing the two musicians for his jazz-trio premiere, the seasoned composer and pianist left nothing to chance. And so he will be aptly seconded by the superb double bassist Tomáš Liška and one of the most sought-after Czech drummers Martin Novák. The trio will be boosted to four for some compositions by the inimitable guitarist Jiří Šimek.
Jaromír Honzák Quintet (CZ)
David Dorůžka – guitar, Luboš Soukup – clarinet, tenor saxophone Vít Křišťan – piano, keyboard, Martin Novák – percussion, Jaromír Honzák – double bass, bass guitar a
The double bassist Jaromír Honzák has already earned five Czech Angel Awards for Best Jazz & Blues Album. This includes his latest record, Early Music, which Honzák created with his quintet. It owns up to its name with deep inspirations from early, mostly Medieval music.
Jaromír Honzák co-founded Naima in the 1980s, he played with Karel Růžička, Emil Viklický, or Vojtěch Eckert, and accompanied a number of international soloists. After a one-year scholarship at the Berklee College of Music in 1989, he focused on his own projects. Besides the Jaromír Honzák Quintet and Face of the Bass, he is a member of Iva Bittová’s Čikori and the Eben Brothers’ band.
The Jaromír Honzák Quintet mostly performs its bandleader’s works, and the ensemble’s sound is characterised by a shared sense and a specific musical language – contemporary jazz open to inspiration by other styles. When asked about the quintet, Jaromír Honzák says: “My colleagues’ contribution is immeasurable, it has a fundamental and decisive impact on the sound of my compositions. Their empathy, invention, and creativity, not to mention their level of craftsmanship, are enormous. It must really be emphasised that a generation of extraordinary musicians has grown here, and I am fortunate to be able to create with them.”