Musicologica 1/2014

“I ain’t playing no jazz” – Towards the musical style of The Zawinul Syndicate

Joe Zawinul’s 55-year musical career was marked by three major periods: his stint with Cannonball Adderley (1961–1970), the ensemble Weather Report (1970 – ca. 1986) and his own The Zawinul Syndicate (1988–2007). Thus considered, his stylistic development began with hard bop and soul, paving the way for his own debut jazz-rock recordings (1966), then continuing […]

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The Value of the Traditional and the Progressive in Jazz Development

Recently, two important syntheses on European jazz have been published: Eurojazzland:Jazz and European Sources, Dynamics, and Contexts by Luca Cerchiari, Laurent Cugny and Franz Kerschbaumer (2012); and Jazz behind the Iron Curtain by Gertrud Pickhan and Rüdiger Ritter (2009). The publications show the division of European jazz scenes between east and west, and they also […]

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Willis Conover – An European Jazz Personality?

Willis Conover’s character was all but European. In fact, he was strongly American, a radio broadcaster who devoted himself to the dissemination of American jazz. Through his broadcasts, he helped to create and shape European jazz in a subtle, but nevertheless very effective way. Because of Conover’s unique position as a broadcaster, especially in the […]

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Fly Me to the Moon “in Other Words”: Diana Krall, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra

For listeners, jazz singers are the most admired instrumentalists even though their place in jazz history has been largely overlooked in the literature on jazz.  Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé are amongst the hundred greatest jazz vocalists; however, their role in jazz […]

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Jazz-rock and Fusion Music in Slovakia

The syntheses of jazz and rock music in Slovakia have had their own specific development. This paper illustrates the historical development of Slovakian jazzrock and fusion music and its parallels and differences compared with such styles in the Czech Republic, world music and music of American provenance. The author aims to answer questions about the […]

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Gabriel Jonáš, Slovak Jazz Pianist

Gabriel Jonáš is a leading Slovak jazz musician. He has made major contributions in shaping the Slovak and Czech jazz scene since the 1970s. The paper focuses on Jonáš’ most significant artistic, compositional and performing activities from jazzrock through to fusion music, and into modal mainstream. Using sheet music transcripitons and recordings, the author demonstrates […]

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Postmodern Mutations of Jazz Idioms in Slovak Alternative Music

The article deals with the transformations of various jazz style elements in the projects of Slovak musical alternative in the post-modern times, and their appropriations by the form of trans-genre re-contextualisation and fusion, or a persiflage and a parody. Their qualities and specificities will be demonstrated on the records and performances of Slovak alternative rock […]

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Jazz Inspirations in the 20th Century Classical Slovak Music – the Music of Alexander Moyzes and His Successors

The generation of Slovak composers known as Slovak Musical Modernism, who emerged in the late 1920s and during the 1930s, adopted a concept of creative synthesis of the national sources (especially inspirations from folk music) with the influences of European impressionist and expressionist music. One of the Slovak Musical Modernism composers was Alexander Moyzes (1906-1984). […]

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