Miroslav Ladislav Vitous (6 December 1947), is a Czech jazz bassist who was born in Prague. He begun play violin at age of six, started playing the piano at age ten, and bass at fourteen. He studied music at the Prague Conservatory subsequently winning an international music contest in Vienna, earning him a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston. One of his early music groups was the Junior Trio with his brother Alan on drums and young another future-great Czech fusion musician Jan Hammer on keyboards.
A year later after he came to Boston, in 1966, Miroslav moved to New York & collaborated with musicians such as Bob Brookmeyer, Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Charlie Mariano, and Herbie Mann. In 1970, the group WEATHER REPORT was formed along with Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul. After three years left the group due to musical differences. After brief break he formed Miroslav Vitous Group with John Surman, Kenny Kirkland and Jon Christensen, and recorded 3 albums for ECM. After 3 years group was disbanded.
Vitous has become a director of Jazz Department in New England Conservatory in Boston, and leads the department for 3 years. He reunited with Chick Corea and Roy Haynes (Trio Music): it was a very successful period for the trio for the following 2 and half years. Tours all over the world and 2 albums recorded for ECM is the outcome of this reunion.
After this time he made a very successful duet world wide tour with Stanley Clark.
Makes several performances as a soloist with Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra and Music of Viva of Boston.
He recorded also a solo album for ECM (“Emergence”).
In 1988 he moved back to Europe. Stopped teaching completely and became full time composer/performer, once again.
He made a lot of different projects with his band or solo, appeared at many festivals and concerts and participated in other projects with different top European musicians. After 22 years he returned to Prague and recorded an album with his brother Alan Vitous.
In March 1989 he started playing solo concerts. He wrote and performed concerts for Orchestra and solo bass in Frieburg (Germany) and Italy. Prior to the release of ‘Universal Syncopations’, he took a seven year break from performing to concentrate his efforts at making orchestral sample libraries. He was in search of electronic sounds to assist him in composing, but discovered what was available in the marketplace to be lacking in quality. As a result, Miroslav became consumed in producing the symphonic samples that he had been searching for, by sampling each solo player amongst an orchestra. “Sampling is an extremely expensive process, but allows me to compose more easily when ideas are fresh in my mind.”
The result of being able to compose with the electronic samples, brought about the release of the album ‘Universal Syncopations’. Miroslav knew beyond a doubt that Jack DeJohnette would be his drummer, since Jack was his favorite drummer for several decades and had participate in many collaborations. John McLaughlin was chosen for the work that he had done with Miles Davis in the seventies, and Miroslav wanted to tap into that evolutionary style and to take it up a notch. Chick Corea has asked for Miroslav’s help on many of his previous albums, so this time it was Corea who was asked to collaborate. Jan Garbarek is Miroslav’s favorite sax player, and they have an intuitive musical connection. This particular work captures the creative force in the sounds and motifs, and justaposes jazz and classical styles in a very open and free way. (by progarchives.com)
Master bass player Vitous doubles up on piano and moog and, together with percussionist Don Alias, creates music from fusion to samba to ambient! Includes the jazz dance classic “Bassamba”! (by soundsoftheuniverse.com)
1976-1977 sessions with Don Alias and Armen Halburian on percussion. Vitous overdubs bass and keyboards. A stunning musical trip through Afro-jazz texture music. “Tiger in the Rain” is absolutely captivating. (byMichael G. Nastos)
In other words: excellent and exciting stuff!
Don Alias (drums, percussion)
Miroslav Vitous (bass, piano, synthesizer, ARP string ensemble)
Armen Halburian (percussion (on 06.)
01. Watching The Sunset Run 8.07
02. Bassamba 3.02
03 Tiger In The Rain 9.01
04 Concerto In E Minor 5.35
05. Pictures From Moravia 4.54
06. Sonata For A Dream 5.39
Music composed by Miroslav Vitous