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One Day


2016

This performance was recorded in the forest near Policka, Czech Republic.
It was important that the weather was nice and that planes did not fly overhead during the performance. Luckily, the day worked out quite well for us.

01 - Alice in Wonderland (S.Fain)
02 - It Ain't Necessarily so (G.Gershwin)
03 - Vuja-Dé (R.Balzar)
04 - Waltz (J.Levíček))
05 - Aphorisms (J.Levíček)
06 - Woodsong (R.Balzar)
07 - Madness (J.Levíček)
08 - Search Output (J.Levíček)
09 - Blues in Green (J. Levíček, R. Balzar, K. Slezák)
10 - Christiania (R.Balzar)
11 - Night (R.Balzar)
12 - Cloud Illumination (J.Levíček)


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Robert Balzar Trio

Vuja-Dé

2014

A new Robert Balzar Trio album recorded at Sear Sound in New York City with renowned engineer James Farber once again running the board for superb sound! "Vuja-Dé" features original compositions by both Robert Balzar and Trio pianist Jiri Levicek (spelling), along with arrangements of some standards and a couple Czech folk songs. The perfect companion piece to the 2013 release "Discover Who We Are", "Vuja-Dé" can be found in music stores across the Czech and Slovak Republics, some retailers in Japan, and is available from online retailer CD Baby.

01 - All Blues (Miles Davis)
02 - Dobrů noc (lidová)
03 - Vuja-Dé (Robert Balzar)
04 - Smile (Charlie Chaplin)
05 - Three For Tango (Robert Balzar)
06 - Zelení hájové (lidová)
07 - Haunted Heart (Arthur Schwartz)
08 - Inevitable (Jiří Levíček)
09 - Some Other Time (Leonard Bernstein)



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Robert Balzar Trio

Discover Who We Are

2013

The new release from the Robert Balzar Trio, featuring pianist Jiri Levicek who joined the Trio in late-2012! The CD is built around an eclectic mix of songs, some originals by both Robert and Jirl Levicek, as well as some arrangements of carefully chosen covers. The album was recorded at Sear Sound in New York City with multi-Grammy Award winning engineer James Farber manning the board (Brad Mehldau, John Scofield, Avishai Cohen, etc.). The disk was mastered in NY by the equally celebrated Mark Wilder.

01 - Discover Who I am (John Wallowitch)
02 - Snow in the Backyard (Jiří Levicek)
03 - Event Horizon (Jiří Levicek)
04 - Hope (Robert Balzar)
05 - Živý (Filip Jelínek)
06 - Just For Her (Robert Balzar)
07 - Day off (Robert Balzar)
08 - Never Before (Robert Balzar)



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Robert Balzar Trio & Dan Bárta

Theyories


2010

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Well-known Czech vocalist Dan Bárta and the Robert Balzar Trio have released their first album, an acoustic collaboration entitled "Theyories"!
For those unaware, Dan Bárta and the Robert Balzar Trio have regularly performed together live for roughly the past ten years but have never recorded together as a unit. For making the album, it was decided to work with mostly new repertoire rather than simply commit a typical live set to tape. Twelve songs that have influenced Dan Bárta over the years were specially selected for "Theyories". The basic tracks for the album were recorded in Prague at Studio Smecky. For a different sound experience, it was decided to mix and master the album in New York City. Mixing was done at the prestigious Sear Sound by three-time Grammy Award winning engineer James Farber (Brad Mehldau, Bruce Springsteen, Al Jarreau, John Scofield...). The mastering done by another multiple-Grammy winner, engineer Mark Wilder – (Pat Metheny, Sting, Leonard Cohen, Miles Davis...).


Tracklisting:
01 - Spirits in the Material World(The Police)
02 - Brother Wolf, Sister Moon (The Cult)
03 - Too Young to Die (Jamiroquai)
04 - Someday in My Life (Simply Red)
05 - Isobel (Björk)
06 - No Quarter (Led Zeppelin)
07 - Beating Around the Bush (AC/DC)
08 - Even After All (Finlay Quaye)
09 - Slowcar to China (Gary Numan)
10 - Last Chance Lost (Joni Mitchell)
11 - Fool of Me (Meshell Ndegeocello)
12 - O Maria, O Felix Puerpera (trad. 13th century)


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Robert Balzar Trio & John Abercrombie

Tales

2009
....A SUPERB OUTING BY FOUR EXTRAORDINARY MUSICIANS...
-- Bill Milkowski
he is a contributor of Jazz Times, Jazziz and Bass Player magazines in the United States. He is the author of “JACO: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius”....
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Robert Balzar Trio

Overnight

2005
ABSOLUTELY GREAT - OVERNIGHT!
There’s no need to look for superlatives and endorsements from world-renowned names because music created by Balzar - double bass, Macha – piano, Slavicek – drums leaves no doubt. I’m known as a sensible person, very judicious and critical, and also quite bored by jazz. However, the guys play fantastically! The solos! The sounds! This is timeless well-mastered mainstream, which oozes with jazz like the spring with new life. It also draws handfuls of beauty from classical music. This is the finish line in a longdistance race.
Petra Konrádová, Reflex 2 June, 2005



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18. November 2020


J.S.Bach Invention in G Minor, BWV 782






 
25. May 2020


NEW CD/LP D.BÁRTA & ILLUSTRATOSPHERE

2020

Illustratosphere:
Dan Bárta - zpěv
Filip Jelínek - keyboard
Miroslav Chyška – guitar
Robert Balzar - electric and acoustic bass
Martin Valihora - drums

Album
KRÁSKA A ZVÍŘENÝ PRACH:
Warner Music Czech Republic s.r.o.

01 – JEJICH DÉŠT
(F.Jelínek,D.Bárta/D.Bárta)

02 - KRÁSKA A ZVÍŘENÝ PRACH
(R.Balzar, D.Bárta/D.Bárta)

03 – JAKO PÓLY
(D.Bárta, M.Chyška, F.Jelínek/D.Bárta)

04 – ČESKÉ PROBUZENÍ
(D.Bárta, F.Jelínek , M.Chyška/D.Bárta)

05 - #HETOO
( D.Bárta, F.Jelínek , M.Chyška, M.Valihora/D.Bárta)

06 – HAIFA HAIDRESSER
( D.Bárta,, M.Chyška, F.Jelínek /D.Bárta, a.Plívová)

07 – HAPPY GINGER
( D.Bárta, F.Jelínek , M.Chyška/A.Plívová)

08 – HRDINA NÁŠHO ČASU
( F.Jelínek,D.Bárta/D.Bárta)

09 – MÁ NĚMÁ TVÁŘ
( F.Jelínek,D.Bárta/D.Bárta)

10 – NAHÁ TMA
(D.Bárta, M.Chyška, F.Jelínek,/D.Bárta)

11 – NEŽ O PŮL TON VÝŠ VYLETÍM
( D.Bárta, F.Jelínek , M.Chyška, R.Balzar, M.Valihora/D.Bárta)

12 – OBLAKA DOBRA II
(F.Jelínek, D.Bárta/D.Bárta)

13 – ECHOES OF THE EGOES OF THE HEROES
(F.Jelínek, D.Bárta/D.Bárta)

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28. December 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020

Friends, although I am not much of a typist, I had to share this ... (I hadn't the time to do so earlier). Every autumn, it's always busy for me with a lot of playing ... in this October alone I played 26 concerts in a row, but one of those was a "concert of concerts" About a half-year ago I was asked to play a concert with the great American jazz singer Kurt Elling and the South Bohemian Philharmonic. I even was initially asked to put together a band for Kurt, but after two weeks they wrote that they will bring a pianist, then they wrote that they also had a drummer. In the end I only asked saxophonist Osian Roberts and the band was complete. I have to say that Kurt Elling has long been one of my biggest favorites; I actually grew up on him. At that time he was, along with new names like Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, and Josuha Redman, an integral part of my musical life. I have, and I know, all his records and recordings. Kurt had a great band that included Rob Amster on double bass (great bassist!), who unfortunately left too soon. For many years I had their duo from the record "Nightmoves" in my head, so I thought to myself, when other than now? On the night before the rehearsal, I transcribed the bass part from that piece. The next day at rehearsal I snuck in the riff from this song. Kurt caught it right away and said, "Great, we will do that!" We the rehearsed with the philharmonic and didn't want to delay the whole orchestra, so the next day there was only soundcheck, then the main rehearsal so we skipped this duo piece. After the rehearsal Kurt asks me to take the bass and come to the dressing room. Here is a present for you, a dressing room-rehearsal with the best jazz singer on the planet Kurt Elling! I always knew that he's a great singer, but this was absolutely at the highest level!!
Thanks Kurt!
MERRY CHRISTMAS HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!
Robert

Kurt Elling & R.Balzar Duo - The Waking - In Memoriam Rob Amster





 

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