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 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 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 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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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), […]


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 […]


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). […]