Miroslav Ladislav Vitous (born 6 December 1947) is a Czech jazz bassist who has had an extensive career in the US.
Vitous in 2014
|Birth name||Miroslav Ladislav Vitous|
|Born||6 December 1947|
|Genres||Jazz, jazz fusion, funk|
|Instruments||Double bass, bass guitar|
|Associated acts||Weather Report|
Born in Prague, he began the violin at age six and started playing piano at age ten and bass at fourteen. As a young man in Europe, Vitous was a competitive swimmer. One of his early music groups was the Junior Trio with his brother Alan on drums and Jan Hammer on keyboards. He studied music at the Prague Conservatory (under František Pošta), and won a music contest in Vienna that gave him a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music.
His album Infinite Search was recorded with John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, and Joe Henderson. He has also worked with Chick Corea, Larry Coryell, Jan Garbarek, Freddie Hubbard, Michel Petrucciani, Terje Rypdal, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Zawinul
In 1970 he was a founding member of the group Weather Report. In 1973 he was replaced by Alphonso Johnson. He stated, "I enjoyed the beginning of it very much, but it turned into a little bit of a drag in the end because Joe Zawinul wanted to go in another direction. The band was seeking success and fame and they basically changed their music to go a commercial way into a black funk thing". He also felt aggrieved financially. "I was an equal partner and basically, I didn't get anything. We had a corporation together that was completely ignored. If you have a company and three people own it, and then two people say 'Okay, we don't want to work like this anymore. It's just two of us now', normally, they break down the stock and pay off the third person".
In 1981 he performed at the Woodstock Jazz Festival held in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Creative Music Studio. In 1984 he collaborated with Stanley Clarke. In 1988 Vitous moved back to Europe to concentrate on composing but nonetheless continued to perform in festivals.
In 2001, Vitous reunited with Corea and Haynes (as the Now He Sings, Now He Sobs trio) for a concert in a series entitled "Rendezvous in New York" in celebration of Corea's 60th birthday. The album of the same name came out in 2003 and earned Corea a Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for the composition "Matrix".
- 1970 Infinite Search (a.k.a. Mountain in the Clouds) (Embryo)
- 1970 Purple (CBS/Sony)
- 1976 Majesty Music (Arista)
- 1976 Magical Shepherd (Warner Bros.)
- 1977 Miroslav (Freedom)
- 1978 Guardian Angels
- 1980 First Meeting (ECM)
- 1981 To Be Continued with Terje Rypdal, Jack DeJohnette (ECM)
- 1982 Trio Music with Chick Corea, Roy Haynes (ECM)
- 1983 Journey's End (ECM)
- 1986 Emergence (ECM)
- 1986 Trio Music Live in Europe with Chick Corea, Roy Haynes (ECM)
- 1993 Atmos (ECM) with Jan Garbarek
- 2003 Universal Syncopations (ECM)
- 2007 Universal Syncopations II (ECM)
- 2009 Remembering Weather Report (ECM)
- 2014 Miroslav Vitous Group (ECM)
- 2015 Wings with Adam Pieronczyk
- 2016 Music of Weather Report (ECM)
- 2016 Ziljabu Nights (Intuition)
With Franco Ambrosetti
- Light Breeze (Enja, 1998)
With Roy Ayers
- Stoned Soul Picnic (Atlantic, 1968)
With Chick Corea
- Now He Sings, Now He Sobs (Solid State, 1968)
- Trio Music (ECM, 1981)
- Trio Music Live in Europe (ECM, 1984)
- Rendezvous in New York (Stretch, 2003)
With Larry Coryell
With Jack DeJohnette
With Jan Garbarek
- StAR (ECM, 1991)
With Laszlo Gardony
- The Secret (Antilles, 1988)
With Stan Getz
- The Song Is You (1969)
With Herbie Mann
- Windows Opened (Atlantic, 1968)
- The Inspiration I Feel (Atlantic, 1968)
- Memphis Underground (Atlantic, 1969)
- Stone Flute (Embryo, 1970)
- Live at the Whisky a Go Go (Atlantic, 1969)
With Terje Rypdal
With Sadao Watanabe
- Round Trip (1974)
With Weather Report
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Miroslav Vitous.|
- Jung, Fred (10 October 2003). "A Fireside Chat With Miroslav Vitous". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-06-20.
- Olsen, Paul (7 January 2008). "Miroslav Vitous: It Comes Down to Taste". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-06-20.
- "ECM". ecmrecords.com. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
- Prasad, Anil. "Miroslav Vitous – Freeing the Muse". Inner Views. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
- 1984 Sydney Town Hall, producer Ian Davis (ABC radio)
- "Past Winners Search". Grammy.com. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
- "Miroslav Vitous | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 January 2019.