Saturday, 10 October 2009

Fermata - Pieseň Z Hôľ (1976)

The first 3 albums by the Slovak group "Fermata" are among there best ; later albums becoming much more synthesized rock unlike the superbly fiery jazz-rock of the earlier ones.

Mahavishnu Orchestra certainly springs to mind on this album ( more so than there others ) with brilliant high flying dexterous guitar work from "Frantisek Griglak" ( ex Collegium Musicum player) which almost rivals "John Mclaughlin".

From superb bass to drums and keys this is one very talented band playing exceptionally tight and intricate fusion which is rather unusual, especially since hailing from the landlocked country of eastern europe.

Every track is top flight jazz rock fusion. The violin on the last track adds some extra color and is a highlight. The guitarwork on the title song is spectacular to say the least.

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Pieseň z hôľ (11:07)
2. Svadba na medvedej lúke (4:15)
3. Posledný jarmok v Radvani (4:31)
4. Priadky (7:37)
5. Dolu Váhom (2:20)
6. Vo Zvolene zvony zvonia (10:10)

Total Time: 40:00

Line-up / Musicians - Tomás Berka / keyboards, percussion
- Frantisek Griglák / guitar, vocals, keyboards
- Anton Jaro / bass
- Milan Tedla / violin, Jew's harp
- Cyril Zeleňák / drums, percussion

Fermata: For Huascaran from the album Huascaran - that's the third classic more progressive rock styled album - review coming soon!

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