Najponk: What's Next
Najponk

What's Next

An exquisite pianist and musician, Najponk is one of the pioneers of mainstream jazz on the Czech music scene. From the bottomless resources of mainstream jazz repertoire he has been picking gems for his own albums. But although his repertoire mainly consists of the so-called “standard” pieces, his recordings are informed by unusual inventiveness and his acute sense of style and rhythm. For each of the albums, Najponk usually invites different collaborators; “What’s Next” has been recorded together with the famous Swedish double bassist Hans Backenroth and Czech drummer Jiří Slavíček.

2018
ANI 070-2
9,50 €
Some Groove for the King
(Najponk)
Funkallero
(Bill Evans)
Good Morning Heartache
(Irene Higginbotham, Ervin Drake & Dan Fischer)
Blues for Gene
(Milt Jackson)
Swingin' the Blues
(Count Basie & Eddie Durham)
Butterfly / trio version
(Danyel Gerard)
You've Changed
(Carl Fischer & Bill Carey)
Return Engagement
(Horace Parlan)
Lotus Blossom
(Billy Strayhorn)
Lester Leaps In
(Lester Young)
Ma He's Making Eyes At Me
(Con Conrad & Sidney Clare)
Butterfly / solo version
(Danyel Gerard)
Personnel and sound:

Najponk - piano
Hans Backenroth - acoustic bass (all except 9 and 12)
Jiří Slavíček - drums
Barney Kantor - guitar (4, 5, 10)

 

 

Recorded by Ondřej Urban (Studio HAMU, Prague/CZ)
Mixed by Milan Cimfe and Petr Ostrouchov (Sono Records, Nouzov/CZ)
Mastered by Pavel Karlík (Sono Records, Nouzov/CZ)

Press Release:
Photos (print quality)
Najponk (foto Lukáš Hubínek)
Najponk (foto Lukáš Hubínek)
Najponk (foto Lukáš Hubínek)
Jiří Slavíček, Hans Backenroth, Najponk (foto Lukáš Hubínek)
Hans Backenroth (foto Lukáš Hubínek)
Hans Backenroth (foto Lukáš Hubínek)

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