František Uhlíř: double-bass
There are only two guitar players in the whole world who play jazz so exceptionally using two-handed tapping. One is Stanley Jordan, in the USA, and the other, born in Rijeka (Fiume), Croatia, is Darko Jurkovič.
The band includes Jaromír Helešic on drums and Darko Jurkovič, one of the few guitarists who plays the instrument by tapping it with the fingers of both hands. The video was made in the historic Knoxoleum in Burghausen, Germany. This is an opportunity for those of us outside Europe to withess in action one of the world's great bassists, František Uhlíř and an intriguing guitarist whose easy execution belies the intensity of his music. Click here for their performance of "Maybe Later."
Bassist František Uhlíř, drummer Jaromir Helešic and guitarist Darko Jurković made a strong impact with Jazz at Prague Castle 2006 (Multisonic, 2006). They return to entice and lure with another tidy bag of tunes of which seven are originals and two are standards. While all the originals sit compactly in the mainstream, the trio finds its muse and inspiration in various strands that include swing and some fertile bop. Their impeccable sense of time and cohesive improvisation gives the album a nice balance and shows how comfortable the trio is in getting the music to spring alive and communicate with the listener.
by Jerry D'Souza / ALL ABOUT JAZZ
Bassist Frantisek Uhlir is probably best known in the UK for his work in pianist Emil Viklicky's trio, but on this album he leads a trio completed by Croatian guitarist Darko Jurkovic and drummer Jaromir Helesic.
by Chris Parker / THE VORTEX
František Uhlíř, Maybe Later (Arta). Three months ago, I wrote that I was looking forward to a new CD by this Czech virtuoso of the double bass. It finally arrived. In addition to his long association with pianist Emil Viklický, Uhlíř leads his own trio. He is brilliant in interaction with the unusual guitarist Darko Jurkovic and drummer Jaromir Helesic and establishes yet again that he is one of the masters of his instrument. This may be hard to find outside of Europe. It is worth a search.
by Doug Ramsey for "Jazz and other matters..." / ARTSJOURNAL.COM
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