Už Jsme Doma

Už Jsme Doma are a Czech avant-garde/art-rock band from Teplice, active since 1985. Members: Miroslav Wanek (lead vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, 1986-present), Jindra Dolanský (tenor saxophone, vocals, 1985-2001), Milan Nový (saxophone, 1985-1986, drums 1987-1989, 1993-1995), Romek Hanzlík (guitar, vibraphone, 1985-1993), Ota Chlupsa (guitar, vocals, 1985-1986), Jiří Solar (guitar, vocals, 1985-1986), Jiří Závodný (piano, vocals, 1985-1986), […]

Václav Neckář & Bacily

Václav Neckář & Bacily were a Czech art-rock ensemble from Praha that was active for 20 years, starting in 1971. Members: Václav Neckář (vocals), Jan Neckář (keyboards, guitar, cello, clarinet, vocals), Ota Petřina (guitar, 1971-78, 1987-91), Petr Formánek (piano, organ, 1971-73), Jan Hauser (bass, 1971-73), Radek Pobořil (trumpet, 1971-73), Milan Vitoch (drums, 1971-73, 1975-78), Jaroslav […]

Vladimír Mišík & Etc Band

Vladimír Mišík & Etc Band were a Czech syphonic/folk-rock band from Prague, formed in 1974. Members: Vladimír Mišík (vocals, guitars, percussion), Petr Pokorný (guitar, 1974-76, 1979-82, 2003-present), Vladimír Padrůněk (bass, 1974-78), Bořek Suchý (saxophone, 1974-75), Miroslav Hrubý (drums, 1974-75), Jan Hrubý (violin, viola, 1975-82, 1985-88, 2001-present), Jiří Jelínek (guitar, 1976-77), František Francl (guitar, 1977-78), Václav […]

Stromboli

Stromboli were a Czech art-rock band that was active during the second half of the 1980s. Members: Michal Pavlíček (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Klaudius Kryšpín (drums, 1985-88), Vladimír Kulhánek (bass, 1985-87), Bára Basiková (vocals, 1986-89), Vendula Kašpárková (keyboards, 1986-88), Jiří Veselý (bass, 1987-89), Jan Seidl (drums, 1988-89), Roman Dragoun (vocals, keyboards, 1988-89) Discography: Stromboli (1987) Shutdown […]

SHQ

SHQ were a Czech jazz-rock ensemble from Praha that was active for 28 years, starting in 1961. Members: Karel Velebný (piano, tenor saxophone, vibraphone), Jan Konopásek (flute, baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone, 1961-64), Milan Pilar (double bass, 1961-63), Pavel Staněk (drums, 1961-62, 1964-65), Antonín Julina (guitar, 1962-63), Jan Arnet (double bass, 1963-64), Pavol Polanský (drums, 1962-63), […]

Progres 2

Progres 2 were a Czech symphonic/art-rock band from Brno, formed in 1968 as the Progress Organization. Members: Zdeněk Kluka (drums, vocals), Pavel Váně (guitar, vocals, 1968-81, 1992-present), Jan Sochor (keyboards, 1968-77), Emanuel Sideridis (bass, 1968-77), Pavel Pelc (bass, synthesizer, vocals, 1976-87, 1992-present), Miloš Morávek (guitar, vocals, 1977-83), Karel Horký [Daniel Forró] (synthesizer, 1977-79), Roman Dragoun […]

Pražský Výběr

Pražský Výběr were a Czech art-rock band that was active through several iterations across three decades, starting in 1977. Members: Michael Kocáb (vocals, keyboards), Ondřej Soukup (bass, 1975-81), Jiří Niederle (saxophone, 1975-78), Jan Žižka (drums, 1975-77), Zdeněk Fišer (guitar, 1977-78), Martin Koubek (guitar, 1977-78), Vratislav Placheta (drums, 1977-78), Ladislav Malina (drums, 1977-78), Michal Pavlíček (guitar, […]

Prague Big Band

Prague Big Band were a Czech jazz-funk ensemble founded in 1974 by conductor Milan Svoboda. Members: Milan Svoboda (conductor), Jiří Stivín, Pavel Komzák, Zdeněk Hostek, Jiří Niederle, Václav Harmáček, Jaroslav Šolc, Svatobor Macák, Rudolf Ticháček, Svatopluk Čech, Josef Nachtman, Petr Venkrbec, Milan Krajíc, Ivan Myslikovjan, Rudolf Březina, Štěpán Markovič, Pavel Pivarči, František Kop, Jiří Kulisev, […]

The Plastic People of the Universe

The Plastic People of the Universe were a Czech avant-garde/art-rock band from Praha that formed in 1968. Members: Milan Hlavsa (vocals, bass, 1968-88, 1997-2001), Michal Jernek (vocals, clarinet, 1968-70), Jiří “Přemysl” Števich (guitar, 1968-70, 1972-73), Josef Brabec (drums, 1968-69), Pavel Zeman (drums, 1969-73), Josef Janíček (guitar, keyboards, theremin, vocals, 1969-?), Paul Wilson (vocals, guitar, 1970-72), […]

Petr Novák

Petr Novák (Sept. 6, 1945 — Aug. 19, 1997) was a Czech vocalist and songwriter who was active for almost three decades, starting in 1968. Discography: Kolotoč svět (1970) Modlitba za lásku (1970) Ve jménu lásky (1971) Kráska a zvíře (1975) Co je to láska / Planeta snů (1980) Sladké trápení (1982) Ahoj, tvůj Petr […]

Modrý Efekt

Modrý Efekt was a Czech symphonic/hard-rock band that was active as a recording unit for 13 year, starting in 1968. Members: Radim Hladík (guitar), Vladimír Mišík (vocals, flute, 1968-70), Miloš Svoboda (guitar, 1968-69), Jiří Kozel (bass, 1968-72), Vlado Čech (drums, 1968-81, 1984-85), Lešek Semelka (keyboards, vocals, 1970-75, 1977-81), Josef Kůstka (bass, electric violin, 1972-75), Fedor […]

Miroslav Vitous

Miroslav Vitous (born Dec. 6 1947) is a Czech jazz-rock bassist who has been internationally active for more than five decades. After moving stateside on a musical scholarship, he was recruited by Miles Davis for a round of 1967 live dates. Early backing credits include late-’60s albums by Roy Ayers, Chic Corea, and Herbie Man. […]

Marsyas

Marsyas were a Czech folk-rock trio that was initially active for 15 years, starting in 1973. The band released five albums between 1978 and 1989 on Supraphon. Members: Oskar Petr (vocals, acoustic guitar, 1973-78), Zuzana Michnová (vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion), Petr Kalandra (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, 1973-84), Jiří Vondráček (12-string acoustic guitar, vocals, 1978-81, 2004-05), […]

Pavol Hammel

Pavol Hammel is a Slovak vocalist, songwriter, and bandleader, active since the late 1960s. Discography: Som šťastný keď ste šťastní (1972 • Pavol Hammel & Prúdy) Šlehačková princezna (1973 • Pavol Hammel & Prúdy) Zelená pošta (1972 • Pavol Hammel & Marián Varga) Hráč (1975) Na II. programe sna (1976 • Marián Varga / Pavol […]

Mahagon

Mahagon were a Czech jazz-rock band that issued three singles and two albums between 1976 and 1980 on Supraphon. Members: Petr Klapka (bass), Jan Hála (keyboards), Adib Ghali (guitar), Zdena Adamová (vocals), Vladimír Severa (guitar), Jiří Nepomucký (guitar), Jaroslav Bubeník (drums), Jaroslav Šolc (flute), Jan Hrubý (electric violin), Zdeněk Šedivý (trumpet), Jindřich Parma (trumpet), Jiří […]

Flamengo

Flamengo were a Czech psychedelic jazz-rock band that was active for six years, starting in 1966. In 1972, the band released the popular album Kuře v Hodinkách on Supraphon. Members: Přemysl Černý (drums, 1966-68), František Francl (lead guitar, 1966-70), Pavel Fořt (bass, guitar), Eduard Vršek (keyboards, 1966), Jiří Čížek (bass, keyboards, 1966-67), Petr Novák (vocals, […]

Gattch

Gattch were a Slovak jazz-rock/psych band from Bratislava, active from 1969 to 1974. In 1971, the band issued a self-titled album on Opus. Members: Ľudovít “Ali” Beladič (piano), Tomáš “Tomy” Rédey (guitar, violin), Karol Slanina (rhythm guitar, 1969-?), Anton “Tony” Lančarič (bass, 1969-72), Juraj “George” Štefula (drums, percussion), Valentín Čekovský (bass, 1972-74), Gabriel Jonáš (soprano […]

Emil Viklický

Emil Viklický (born Nov. 23, 1948) is a Czech pianist, composer, and bandleader who first emerged as a member of jazz-rock combo Energit, appearing on their 1975 eponymous album for Supraphon. He concurrently served in SHQ, playing on their 1977 three-song EP in Panton’s Mini Jazz Klub series. In 1978, Viklický recorded as one-third of […]

Fermáta

Fermáta are a Slovak jazz-rock band from Bratislava, formed in 1972. The band released seven albums on the Opus label between 1975 and 1984, arguably peaking in popularity with 1981’s Generation. Five additional titles — four studio and one live — appeared during the 1990s and 2000s. Members: František Griglák (guitar), Tomáš Berka (keyboards, 1972-85), […]

Extempore

Extempore were a Czech avant-rock band that began life in 1973 as Naive Extempore Band. A string of underground gigs and private recordings preceded and followed a name-change to Rock & Jokes Extempore Band before the unit briefly ran aground in the summer of 1978. Later that same year, a revitalized band issued Dům č.p. […]

Energit

Energit were a Czech jazz-rock band from Praha that was active for five years, starting in 1973. In 1975, the band debuted with a self-titled album on Supraphon. Over the next two years, the band issued the two-song Mini Jazz Klub č. 6 EP and had a 12-minute track featured among cuts by Impuls and Jazz […]

Jazz Q

Jazz Q were a Czech post-bop/jazz-rock ensemble from Praha that was active for 21 years, starting in 1964. In 1970, the band collaborated with psych-rockers Blue Effect on the album Coniunctio, issued that year on Supraphon. In 1973, the band recorded the Panton album Pozorovatelna / The Watch-Tower as Jazz Q Praha. The album features […]

Bohemia

Bohemia were a Czech symphonic/jazz-rock band, active during the mid-to-late 1970s. The band released a 1977 single and 1978 album, Zrnko Písku, on Panton. Guitarist Michal Pavlíček and keyboardist Jan Hála played concurrently in Mahagon. Members: Jan Kubík (woodwinds, vocals), Vladimír Kulhánek (bass, vocals), Lešek Semelka (vocals, keyboards, 1975-77), Josef Kůstka (guitar, vocals, 1975-76), Pavel Frištenský […]

Jan Hammer

Jan Hammer (born April 17, 1948) is a Czech keyboardist, composer, and producer with a musical career that has spanned more than half a century. One of his earliest recorded performances is an un-credited appearance on a 1964 single by his mother, vocalist Vlasta Průchová. He debuted as a bandleader with the album Malma Maliny, […]

Jazz Celula

Jazz Celula were a Czech jazz-rock big band that was active for 18 years, starting in 1967. The one constant throughout that time was bandleader/trumpeter Laco Deczi, who received co-billing on certain releases. In 1969, the band debuted as The Cellula Quintet with the album Pietoso on Supraphon. Between 1976 and 1978, the band issued […]

Impuls

Impuls were a Czech jazz-rock band from Praha that was active during the second half of the 1970s, debuting with two numbers on the 1975 live comp Jazzrocková Dílna on Panton. In 1976, the band issued a two-song EP as part of the label’s Mini Jazz Klub series. In 1977, another two tracks appeared on […]

Dvouletá Fáma

Dvouletá Fáma were a Czech avant-garde/New Wave band that was initially active between 1981 and 1983 and again from 1987 to 1992. The first period produced 37 minutes of music, originally released on cassette and later issued on the Black Point CD Studio 1983. Members: Zdenek Konopásek (drums), Martin Vik (guitar), Jana Machácková (vocals, 1981-83), […]

Dunaj

Dunaj were a Czech art-rock band from Brno that was active for 13 years, starting in 1983. Drummer Pavel Fajt cut two albums circa 1987/88 with Bruntál violinist Iva Bittová. The band’s debut album, Impuls, was recorded in collaboration with the violinist and released in 1989 on Panton. The popular followup, Rosol, appeared in 1991 […]

Dežo Ursiny

Dežo Ursiny (Oct. 4, 1947 — May 2, 1995) was a Slovak musician, composer, screen writer, and television personality with a career in entertainment that spanned three decades. During the mid-to-late 1960s, he cut shortplayers with pop combos The Beatmen and The Soulmen. In 1973, Ursiny released his first headlining album on Supraphon with backing […]

Combo FH

Combo FH were a Czech avant-garde/jazz-rock band that existed for 12 years, starting in 1974. The band debuted in 1976 with a three-song EP, released as part of Panton’s Mini Jazz Klub series. A break of four years preceded a 1980 single release on the label, followed in 1981 by the popular album Věci (Things). […]