Bassist-composer Miroslav Vitous’s latest is a journey through structured music that sounds incredibly improvised. Ziljabu Nights: Live at Theater Gütersloh features Vitous and his band painting large musical murals before a live audience in Gütersloh, Germany. The other players on the productions are tenor saxophonist Gary Campbell, tenor and soprano saxophonist Robert Bonisolo, keyboard player Aydin Essen and drummer Roberto Gatto. The tunes, almost all originals by Vitous, seem to evolve in each of the compositions, with the band in almost telepathic connection with each other and the music. The recording closes with an interview conducted by Götz Buhler. The whole recording is a truly fascinating listening experience.
Click to listen to a clip of “Stella by Starlight Variations”:
Tracks: Ziljabu, Morning Lake, Ziljabe, Gloria’s Step Variations, Mira Bop, Stella by Starlight Variations, Interview with Miroslav Vitous.