GUSTAV BROM & HIS ORCHESTRA "RUBICON"
SUPRAPHON STEREO 55 975
ORCHESTR GUSTAVA BROMA (Jazzový Koncert)
Supraphon, Gramofonový Klub
This is the album that introduced me to Gustav Brom. It remains my favorite among Brom’s substantial discography. The suite-like Rubicon (14:31) deserves to be considered a milestone in trippy jazz. I do not know what they were smoking but this track is a pure gem. Forget Zappa’s lame attempts at mixing jazz with avant-rock or modern classical, he never managed to get his bands to swing. Now listen to Gustav Brom …
It is not my habit to re-post albums found on other blogs but yesterday I was searching the web and realized that this album was nowhere to be found in the blogsphere. It used to be there, that’s how I got this rip. Was it from the short-lived Iron Curtain Classics or some other long-gone blogs? I can’t remember, so many good blogs have vanished over the years. Whoever ripped it did a pretty good job and deserves a word of thank. This music is so good, it needs to be accessible, hence me reposting it.
The album is well known among collectors and aficionados for the great scat vocals from Helena Bleharova in "Cerny Pasazer - Stowaway", a beautiful example of European vocal jazz. Also worth mentioning is their version of George Russell’s Stratusphunk.
There was a bootleg re-issue in UK a few years ago (Treasure Trove Records) but it is no longer available.
Here is the exact detail of the sessions:
Gustav Brom and his Orchestra : Jaromir Hnilicka (tp,vcl) Mojmir Bartek (tb) Josef Audes (bar) Josef Blaha (p) Alfa Smid (b-g) Milan Rezabek (b) Bill Moody (d)
Prague, December 11-13, 1967
Cloud (Mrak) Supraphon (CZ) SUA15975
Gustav Brom and his Orchestra : Jaromir Hnilicka, Arthur Pavlicek (tp) Alfa Smid (tp,bgo) Jan Formanek, Mojmir Bartek (tb) Misloslav Petr (as) Zdenek Novak, Bronislav Horak (ts) Josef Audes (bar,cl) Josef Blaha (p,org,oboe) Milan Rezabek (b) Bill Moody, Vaclav Skala (d) Helena Bleharova (vcl)
same loc. & dates: other tracks
1. Rubicon 14:35
2. Ararat 4:15
1. Strathusphunk 4:25
2. Cerny Pasazer-Stowaway, 2:55
3. Mrak-Cloud 4:05
4. Aschabad 8:30
n.b. Link corrected (04 Oct.)