The Info List - Miroslav Vitouš

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


1 Biography 2 Discography

2.1 As leader 2.2 As sideman

3 References 4 External links

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
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
Berklee College of Music
in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.[1] In 1967, in Chicago, Miles Davis
Miles Davis
saw Vitous playing with Clark Terry and invited him to join his group for a residency at New York’s The Village Gate.[3] 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
Chick Corea
on piano and Roy Haynes
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. He has worked with Larry Coryell, Jan Hammer, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Jan Garbarek
Jan Garbarek
and Michel Petrucciani. In 1970 he was a founding member of the group Weather Report.[1] In 1973 he was replaced by Alphonso Johnson
Alphonso Johnson
and compensated[citation needed] as a founding member. Vitouš has since discussed his contentious departure from Weather Report
Weather Report
with journalists, specifically regarding his relationship with Zawinul. He stated, "I enjoyed the beginning of it very much, but it turned into a little bit of a drag in the end because Joe Zawinul
Joe Zawinul
wanted to go in another direction. The band was seeking success and fame and they basically changed their music to go a commercial way into a Black funk thing". He also felt aggrieved financially – "I was an equal partner and basically, I didn't get anything. We had a corporation together that was completely ignored. If you have a company and three people own it, and then two people say 'Okay, we don’t want to work like this anymore. It's just two of us now,' normally, they break down the stock and pay off the third person".[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] Discography[edit] As leader[edit]

1969: Infinite Search (aka Mountain in the Clouds) (Embryo) with John McLaughlin, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette
Jack DeJohnette
& Joe Chambers 1970: Purple with John McLaughlin, Joe Zawinul
Joe Zawinul
& Billy Cobham 1976: Magical Shepherd with Onike, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, James Gadson & Airto Moreira 1976: Majesty Music with Jaroslav Jakubovič 1977: Miroslav (Freedom) with Don Alias 1978: Guardian Angels with Mabumi Yamaguchi, John Scofield, Kenny Kirkland & George Ohtsuke 1979: First Meeting (ECM) with John Surman, Kenny Kirkland
Kenny Kirkland
& Jon Christensen 1980: Miroslav Vitous Group
Miroslav Vitous Group
(ECM) with John Surman, Kenny Kirkland & Jon Christensen 1982: Journey's End (ECM) with John Surman, John Taylor & Jon Christensen 1985: Emergence (ECM) solo 1992: Atmos (ECM) with Jan Garbarek 2003: Universal Syncopations
Universal Syncopations
(ECM) with Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin & Jack DeJohnette 2007: Universal Syncopations
Universal Syncopations
II (ECM) with Bob Mintzer, Gary Campbell, Bob Malach, Randy Brecker, Daniele di Bonaventura, Vesna Vasko-Caceres, Gerald Cleaver & Adam Nussbaum 2009: Remembering Weather Report
Weather Report
(ECM) with Franco Ambrosetti, Gary Campbell, Gerald Cleaver & Michel Portal 2015: Wings (Narodowy Instytut Audiowizualny + For Tune) with Adam Pierończyk

As sideman[edit] With Weather Report

Weather Report
Weather Report
(Columbia, 1971) I Sing the Body Electric (Columbia, 1972) Live in Tokyo (Columbia, 1972) Sweetnighter
(Columbia, 1973) Mysterious Traveller
Mysterious Traveller
(Columbia, 1974)

With Roy Ayers

Stoned Soul Picnic (Atlantic, 1968)

With Chick Corea

Now He Sings, Now He Sobs (Solid State, 1968) Trio Music
Trio Music
(ECM, 1981) Trio Music
Trio Music
Live in Europe (ECM, 1984) Rendezvous in New York
Rendezvous in New York
(Stretch, 2003)

With Larry Coryell

Spaces (Vanguard, 1970) with John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham
Billy Cobham
& Chick Corea Dedicated to Bill Evans and Scott LaFaro (Jazzpoint, 1987)

With Jack DeJohnette

The DeJohnette Complex (Milestone, 1969)

With Jan Garbarek

StAR (ECM, 1991)

With Stan Getz

The Song Is You (1969)

With Herbie Mann

Windows Opened
Windows Opened
(Atlantic, 1968) The Inspiration I Feel
The Inspiration I Feel
(Atlantic, 1968) Memphis Underground (Atlantic, 1969) Stone Flute
Stone Flute
(Embryo, 1969 [1970]) Live at the Whisky a Go Go (Atlantic, 1969)

With Terje Rypdal

Terje Rypdal
Terje Rypdal
/ Miroslav Vitous / Jack DeJohnette
Jack DeJohnette
(ECM, 1978) To Be Continued (ECM, 1981)

With Sadao Watanabe

Round Trip (1974)

With Laszlo Gardony

The Secret (Antilles, 1988)

With Between the Times

Octagon (ACT, 2007)

With Polajka, Nikolaj Nikitin ensemble

Tales from my Diary (Hudobný fond – Slovak music fund 2014)


USA portal Jazz

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Miroslav Vitous.

^ a b c d Jung, Fred (10 October 2003). "A Fireside Chat With Miroslav Vitous". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-06-20.  ^ Olsen, Paul (7 January 2008). "Miroslav Vitous: It Comes Down to Taste". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-06-20.  ^ "ECM". ecmrecords.com. Retrieved 23 February 2015.  ^ Prasad, Prasad. "Miroslav Vitous – Freeing the muse by Anil". Inner Views. Retrieved 2015-01-07.  ^ 1984 Sydney Town Hall, producer Ian Davis (ABC radio) ^ "Past Winners Search". Grammy.com. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 

External links[edit]

Official homepage Miroslav Vitouš
Miroslav Vitouš
MySpace site Miroslav Vitous Discography 1964–74 Miroslav Vitouš
Miroslav Vitouš
video interview at Allaboutjazz.com Conversation With Miroslav Vitous, 8/01/2009 "Agitation", with Stanley Clarke

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Universal Syncopations
II Remembering Weather Report

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Weather Report Chick Corea

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Joe Zawinul Wayne Shorter Miroslav Vitouš Airto Moreira Alphonse Mouzon Dom Um Romão Eric Gravatt Greg Errico Alphonso Johnson Ishmael Wilburn Skip Hadden Alyrio Lima Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Chester Thompson Jaco Pastorius Alex Acuña Don Alias Manolo Badrena Peter Erskine Erich Zawinul Robert Thomas Jr. Omar Hakim Victor Bailey Jose Rossy Mino Cinelu Narada Michael Walden

Studio albums

Weather Report I Sing the Body Electric Sweetnighter Mysterious Traveller Tale Spinnin' Black Market Heavy Weather Mr. Gone Night Passage Weather Report Procession Domino Theory Sportin' Life This Is This!

Live albums

Live in Tokyo 8:30 Night Passage Live and Unreleased The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981


The Collection Best of Weather Report Forecast: Tomorrow


"125th Street Congress"/"Will" "Boogie Woogie Waltz" "Birdland" "River People" "Procession"/"Where the Moon Goes"



Book:Weather Report

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