Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Jazz Q - 1991 - Live (1974-75)

Jazz Q 
Live (1974-75)

01. Watch Out (4:56)
02. My Mother me porodila v strouze (8:13)
03. We All Had a Real Good Time (3:12)
04. Sanctuary (6:24)
05. Giving Up (4:41)
06. Freedom Jazz Dance (8:42)
07. Lonesome (7:51)
08. Living for the City (6:21)
09. Co dum dal (5:26)

Tracks 1-3 (St. Plzenec Jul. 28. 1974)
- Martin Kratochvíl / electric piano
- Frantisek Francl / guitar
- Joan Duggan / vocals
- Jirí Tomek / percussion, vocals
- Michal Vrbovec / drums
- Alexandr Riha? / bass

Tracks 4-9 (Bratislava Jan. 13. & Feb. 2. 1975):
- Martin Kratochvíl / electric piano
- Frantisek Francl / guitar
- Joan Duggan / vocals
- Jirí Tomek / percussion
- Premysl Faukner / bass
- Libor Laun / drums
- Jan Martinec / violin

Live albums are for the most part interesting. At least they can be. I rarely go for live albums. I find them to be of lesser interest than the studio output. Sometimes the live renditions can be really invigorating, as in the case of Rainbow's Live in Munich (which I reviewed the other day). In most cases though they are almost always there to complete a band's discography, if you're an avid fan.

Jazz Q is in part at puzzling band. I got to know them by way of Modry Efekt (a band I cannot stop praising) on the album Coniunctio. After that free form jazz-rock experiment they went into Pozoravatelna, which was another fusion-oriented jazz-rock album of some great worth. After that they went headlong into proper jazz-rock with all guns blazing on Symbiosis. A great album, void of the slick, sometimes noodling fusion to come on later albums. And then there's this live album. A pure, for the most part anyway, bluesy affair. Sort of weird but at the same time extremely interesting turn of events, especially when viewed hindsight.

This album has very, very little to do with prog. Actually it is not, I'd say. Well, there are jazzy playing alright and "Freedom jazz dance" is jazz-rock but for the most part, as I've stated, it is a blues album played in front of a live audience. Actually, as live albums go it's not bad. Not bad at all. The sound quality is not for audiophiles, a thing that actually increases the album's worth. It gives it that extra edge.

The performance is lively and raucious, well played and groovy in that bluesy, jazz-rock kind of way. The cover of Stevie Wonder's "Living for the city" is quite nice and "Sanctuary" is another pleasant tune. Personally I enjoy the first three tracks the most. They are kicking and lively and puts a smile on my face.

Live albums are seldom essential. Sometimes they are an excellent addition to one's collection but mostly they are not. In this case I'd say it is for collectors only BUT i still think it shows the bands attitude towards music and jazz-rock in general. As such it is interesting and in retrospect it shows a band able to cross the boundaries between jazz, rock, blues and beyond in a very competent and able manner. Not prog but still an interesting piece of musical history.

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