Miroslav Vitouš

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Miroslav Vitouš
Birth name Miroslav Ladislav Vitouš
Born (1947-12-06) December 6, 1947 (age 66)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, funk
Occupations Musician, songwriter, bassist
Instruments Bass guitar, double bass, piano, keyboards, violin
Years active 1962-present
Labels Freedom Records
Associated acts Weather Report, Miroslav Philharmonik Review
Website miroslavvitous.com
Notable instruments
Fender Jazz Bass, Double bass

Miroslav Ladislav Vitouš (6 December 1947), is a Czech jazz bassist who is known for his extensive career in the USA.

Biography[edit]

Born in Prague, he began the violin at age six,[1] and started playing the piano at age ten, and bass at fourteen. As a young man in Europe, Vitouš was a competitive swimmer. One of his early music groups was the Junior Trio with his brother Alan on drums and fellow Czech luminary-to-be Jan Hammer on keyboards. He studied music at the Prague Conservatory (under František Pošta),[2] subsequently winning an international music contest in Vienna, earning him a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.[1]

Vitouš's virtuoso jazz bass playing has led critics[who?]to place him in the same league as Scott LaFaro, Dave Holland, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Arild Andersen. A representative example of Vitouš's double bass playing is Now He Sings, Now He Sobs (1968), with Chick Corea on piano and Roy Haynes on drums. This album shows his strong rhythmic sense, innovative walking lines, and intensity and abandon as an improviser.

His first album as a leader, Infinite Search,[1] re-released with minor changes as Mountain in the Clouds, featured several key figures from the then-budding jazz fusion movement: John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, and Joe Henderson.

A founding member of the group Weather Report,[1] he has worked with Larry Coryell, Jan Hammer, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, and Jan Garbarek. Vitouš has since discussed his contentious departure from Weather Report with journalists, specifically regarding his relationship with Zawinul.[citation needed] Alphonso Johnson, who replaced Vitouš, was himself replaced by the highly innovative and influential bassist Jaco Pastorius.

In 1981 he performed at the Woodstock Jazz Festival, held in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Creative Music Studio. In 1984 he collaborated with Stanley Clarke.[3] In 1988 Vitouš moved back to Europe to focus on composing, but nonetheless continued to perform in festivals.

In 2001, Vitouš reunited with Corea and Haynes (as the Now He Sings, Now He Sobs trio) for a concert in a series entitled "Rendezvous in New York" in celebration of Corea's 60th birthday. The album of the same name came out in 2003, and earned Corea a Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo on the composition "Matrix", on which Vitouš played.[4]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Weather Report

With Chick Corea

With Larry Coryell

With Jack DeJohnette

With Jan Garbarek

With Stan Getz

With Terje Rypdal

With Sadao Watanabe

With Laszlo Gardony

  • The Secret (Antilles, 1988)

With Between the Times

  • Octagon (ACT, 2007)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Jung, Fred (2003-10-10). "A Fireside Chat With Miroslav Vitous". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  2. ^ Olsen, Paul (2008-01-07). "Miroslav Vitous: It Comes Down to Taste". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  3. ^ 1984 Sydney Town Hall, producer Ian Davis (ABC radio)
  4. ^ "Past Winners Search". Grammy.com. Retrieved March 24, 2012. 

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