Exposé Online banner

Martin Kratochvíl / Jazz Q — Temné Slunce
(GAD Records CD 018, 1980/2014, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2014-11-11

Temné Slunce Cover artTemné Slunce (“Dark Sun”) represents an odd and previously unreleased gem in the Jazz Q discography, a motion picture soundtrack the band did in 1980, although much of what’s here seems like solo Kratochvil, heavily keyboard and electronic based vignettes fusing jazz and experimental ideas lasting only a minute or two. The main soundtrack involves the first 25 tracks on the disc, some being quite melodic, even catchy, with sparse instrumentation other than keys. Tracks like “Anči” and its follow-on “Týništĕ” are stunningly beautiful and melodic, arranged for keys, guitar and violin, and although the individual pieces are quite brief, these themes show up again throughout the soundtrack. Arrangements also include bass guitar and percussion, although make no mistake – this is not an album of rhythm heavy fusion like other Jazz Q albums of the same period, but a gentle take on that sound with synthesizer and electronics at the fore in most of the arrangements, and no drums for the most part. Guitarist František Francl is featured, as well as bassist Vladimir Padrunĕk, violinist Jan Hrubý, drummer / percussionist Libor Laun, and Joan Duggan, though her main role here is on harmonica on the bonus tracks instead of vocals. Some comparisons might be drawn with some of the less aggressive and more experimental work by Jan Hammer, Herbie Hancock, or even Joe Zawinul. Following the soundtrack, we have seven bonus cuts beginning with “Protest Song,” ranging from a brief thirty seconds to nearly seven minutes, some featuring vocals, and honestly, some of these sound like borrowed leftovers from an earlier, more bluesy Jazz Q era, but if you like their mid-70s albums like Symbiosis, these will be as valuable as the soundtrack itself.

Filed under: Archives, 2014 releases, 1980 recordings

Related artist(s): Jazz Q

Latest news

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

The Pineapple Thief - Someone Here Is Missing – The Pineapple Thief have always had an affinity for indie rock that’s put them at the forefront of the new generation of British prog bands. They push the envelope even further here, with a modern...  (2011) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues