Awarded an Angel Award for best album of 2012 in the jazz and blues category, Light Year recognizably deserves attention and appreciation of a wide audience - it's a huge success, especially for such a young group! Inner Spaces, the name of the jazz quintet, is a cooperation between Czech and Polish students of Katowice Music Academy. For their sophomore release they have joined forces with guitarist David Dorůžka to produce an enjoyable compilation of mainstream jazz.
Some of the pieces really drive, but on the whole the album settles in a much more sedated mood. It’s how the compositions unfold that is most captivating about this album. Even when the music takes a dip into a more avant-garde idiom it never loses its way. The players begin to layer, building slowly until the melody unfolds in a similar fashion to a nebula which, under the force of gravity, collects and suddenly collapses to form a brilliant star.
The music is coherent and united, the solos are always relevant to the overall direction, and the compositions flow into one another - an important touch that should not be overlooked. (Did I mention all tracks were composed by the performing musicians?) Light Year is a masterful achievement, especially for such a young cast, and I look forward to hearing more from them in the future.
The Czech-Polish jazz quintet Inner Spaces, formed at the Academy of Performing Arts in Katowice, Poland, in January 2009 with the aim of interconnecting the Czech and Polish musical traditions, is made up of distinct individuals. All three Czech members (the trumpet player Štěpánka Balcarová, the saxophonist Luboš Soukup and the pianist Vít Křišťan), who are responsible for the band's original repertoire, have also studied in Denmark and Austria and are young, progressive jazz musicians absorbing foreign influences and inspirations and producing a modern jazz sound based on authentic creation and performance. Inner Spaces' second album, titled "Light Year", has a specific connection with the celebrated Czech guitarist David Dorůžka, who has both toured with the quintet and participated in the recording, even contributing with a composition of his own specially written for this CD.
Inner Spaces quintet was formed in January 2009 by trumpetist Štěpánka Balcarová. All band members are currently students at the prestigious Jazz Academy in Katowice, Poland. Inner Spaces quintet is an international band, which is evidenced by their absorption of influences from contemporary polish and Czech music scenes, as well as influences of classical music. The band plays its own compositions which search for its own musical style and expression. In March 2009, Inner Spaces participated in the Jazz nad Odra competition, where each member of the group received an award, and the band played at the final evening during the festival.
Members: Štěpánka Balcarová, trumpet Luboš Soukup, saxophone Vít Křišťan, piano Grzegorz Maslowski, drums Max Mucha, double-bass
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Track 8 on the "Light Year" CD - "H. F. L. (Higher Form of Love)"
Luboš Soukup - Yellow / Inner Spaces ft. David Dorůžka