Miroslav Vitous Group Miroslav Vitous Group on 180g LP
There was classical music. There was jazz. There even was rock. Then there was one record company that didn’t care. ECM devoted itself to all kinds of music as long as it was good and helped shape the story of our listening. The label is pleased to reissue seven historical albums, all mastered from the original analog sources on 180 gram vinyl as part of their Re:solutions series. Follow the great arc of music on these early ECM productions, with works for orchestra and improvisers, guitar duo, solo piano, and jazz quartet.
Between 1979 and 1982, the Miroslav Vitouš Group was the primary outlet for the abundant improvisational skills of leader Miroslav Vitouš and John Surman. They made three ECM albums: this eponymously-titled recording from 1980 is the middle one.
Vitouš and Surman were well-matched in lots of ways, with roots and influences that extended beyond jazz, a love of playing freely, a commitment to using all the sound potential of their respective instruments: Surman singing at the top of the baritone sax’s range to match Miroslav’s fiddle-like arco flourishes on the double bass.
The redoubtable Jon Christensen shared their passion for playing, as did Kenny Kirkland, just 24 at the time of this session, on his way to becoming one of modern jazz’s outstanding pianists. Repertoire includes classic Miroslav pieces (“When Face Gets Pale”), collective improvising, and an early sighting of Surman’s relentlessly driving “Number Six.”
Miroslav Vitous (bass)
John Surman (soprano and baritone saxophones, bass clarinet)
Kenny Kirkland (piano)
Jon Christensen (drums)
Miroslav Vitous Group Miroslav Vitous Group Track Listing:
1. When Face Gets Pale
2. Second Meeting
3. Number Six
4. Inner Peace
7. Sleeping Beauty