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Album Review

Jazz has been an international music since the 1920s, so it is no longer all that surprising that two of the three musicians on this trio date (guitarist Rudy Linka and bassist George Mraz) were born in Czechoslovakia; hence its title. Although there is close interplay between the musicians, which also include drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith, the guitarist is clearly the lead voice. His cool-toned sound and harmonically advanced style should appeal to Jim Hall fans. All of the selections (other than "Come Rain or Come Shine") are Linka's originals, and the music falls into the hard bop/post-bop idiom. The low volume only partly masks the intensity, and the playing throughout is impressive, if sometimes a little dry. Well worth checking out.


Born: 1960 in Prague, Czech Republic

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

An adventurous guitarist also able to embrace a vintage standard, Rudy Linka made a strong impression in the mid-1990's with a series of fine CDs (including Czech It Out and Double Czech for the Enja label). He originally studied classical guitar until inspired by Miles Davis' Jack Johnson and then the trumpeter's earlier recordings. In 1981 he defected to the West, befriended Red Mitchell and then studied for one year in Boston at the Berklee School Of Music. Linka moved to New York in 1985, took...
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Always Double Czech!, Rudy Linka
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  • 7,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 18 March 1997

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