George Haslam, Stefano Pastor, Jan Faix, Joseph Lŕska, Jan Šikl
Slam Productions - SLAMCD 335 - 2021
| I’ve had
the opportunity to work in Czech Republic since first invited there in
2002 by Miloš Latislav, Czech National Radio, in a new Prague based
group ‘The FreeTime Quartet’. Since then I have maintained contact with
the members of the quartet and been fortunate to play with many other
great Czech musicians.
On this live recording from 2010, Josef Láska is the only member of the original quartet in a new group, again assembled by Milošto play a short tour with Stefano Pastor and myself. It was a great delight to meet and play with Jan Faix and Jan Šikl on this tour.
I first met Stefano Pastor in 2006 through SLAM Productions CD label, we later toured Italy and UK together and of course Czech Republic.
This recording came to me10 years after the gig; I remember well the venue, a small cellar club in Vinohrady, I played there several times. I was delighted to hear the recording and grateful to Milošfor getting it to me and for his work in the production.
For almost 20 years it has been a great experience to meet and perform with such Czech musicians as well as those from other countries for whom Czech Republic has proved to be an attractive and stimulating place to live and create.
George Haslam, 2021