JAROMÍR HONZÁKHARD TO UNDERSTAND
Jaromír Honzák, one of the leading musicians of the Czech jazz scene, releases his ninth studio album Hard To Understand.
Hard To Understand features seven original compositions and two arrangements of the Medieval song Clausula Tamquam sponsus. Taking inspiration from medieval music is a recurring theme for a musician whose studies included Early Music and can be heard in both the arrangements and the compositional methods on the album – albeit adapted freely to fit his own distinguished tone and style.
“His writing is elegant and graceful, with an important melodic input” – François Couture, All Music Guide
Honzák’s contemplative, sophisticated yet generally accessible and uncomplicated music has always fascinated the audience and this latest album proves to be no exception. With a discography that includes eight records as bandleader, he’s collaborated with a range of international artists including Jorge Rossy, Chris Cheek, Sissel Vera Pettersen, Jon Falt and Michal Tokaj, and received 5 Angel Award’s (Czech Grammy) for Best Jazz Album of the Year.
Jaromír has been part of the Czech jazz scene since the 1980s when he completed his studies at the Teplice conservatoire. He studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1989 and soon his musical activities exceeded the borders of Czechoslovakia.
Jaromír Honzák – double bass, electric bass
David Dorůžka – guitar
Vít Křišťan – piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, electronics
Luboš Soukup – saxophone and clarinet
Martin Novák – drums and percussion
Recorded and mixed by Milan Cimfe (Sono Records Studio)
Mastering by Pavel Karlík (Sono Records Studio)
Artwork by Dušan Tománek
Label Animal Music, 2019