Slovakia based jazz funk trio Finally was founded by Eugen Botos
(piano) - leader and composer of the band, Robert Vizvari (bass
guitar), Martin Koleda (guitar). In 2008 the trio became the
touring band of Eric Marienthal in Europe which gave them some
contact with the American contemporary jazz scene. In 2010 they
released their debut album My Space.
Final Definition is their sophomore album, which was
released in Japan in 2016 and this year in the rest of the world.
The album features an incredible variety of top musicians. Among
them are famous singers like Brian McKnight, Maysa Leak, Dionne
Warwick, Angela Johnson, Sheldon Reynolds, sax player Eric
Marienthal, drummers Dave Weckl, Eric Valentine, Oscar Seaton and
Ronald Brunner Jr., bass players Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten,
keyboardist Jeff Lorber and many more.
Marcus Miller introduces into the
theme of Love For Real with his sonorous sounding bass.
Featured singer is Sheldon Reynolds, the former singer and
guitarist of the groups Sun, The Commodores and Earth, Wind and
Fire. The song also offers prominent solos by Marcus Miller and
Jeff Lorber on Rhodes.
Supernatural shines with
an explosive mixture of R&B and Disco with outstanding
contributions by singer Angela Johnson, saxophonist Eric
Marienthal and Robert Vizvari on bass. U Need Me is
firmly grounded in the jazz fusion realm. The trio dwell within
the nucleus of jazz, rock and groove by breathing an aura of
freshness into their music.
Anita Soul is the Business Lady,
a Slovakian beauty with an attractive voice. She came to the
public with the Bailando and Hit Storočia television programs.
Beautiful Dreamer is a gentle ballad featuring soul
songstress Maysa. The song is composed and produced by Eugen Botos
and was originally released on Maysa's album
Blue Velvet Soul (2013). LA Funk is a
speed-trimmed jazz funk piece, for which Eugen has chosen the two
protagonists Victor Wooten and Ronald Brunner Jr., hand-picked
virtuosos on their instruments.
With Rhythm Fantastique
the band rides a Latin tinged tour-de- force in the style of
Carlos Santana with Brian McKnight as spectacular vocalist. Dave
Weckl on drums and the EWF horn section with Gary Bias on sax,
Reggie Young on trombone and Bobby Burns on trumpet complete the
star cast. Travel in Time (Giant Steps) is as much an
interpretation as a tribute to John Coltrane's Giant Steps.
In its time in 1960 this virtuoso piece was a revelation for all
jazz fans. There is much to be said for the trio's perfect playing
and Eric Marienthal's ability to overcome the difficulties and
challenges that the piece presents to every performer.
Dream Reality are of their
meaning two opposites, that doesn't prevent singer Katarina
Misakova from bringing her powerful voice into the piece just as
dominant as Eric Marienthal his saxophone. Fly is the
second collaboration between Eugen Botos and Angela Johnson. This
song in a classic attitude is blessed by her characteristic voice.
Symphony of Broken Hearts
features soul diva Dionne Warwick, the grand dame and one of the
biggest hit maker of the last century. The string orchestra,
conducted and recorded by Eugen Botos sr., is a worthy setting for
this exceptional vocalist. With Thank You Jeff Eugen
Botos and Martin Koloveda create a further melting pot of wistful
Oh My Love reminds me off
the legendary UK group Level 42 especially because of Robert's
outstanding bass performance. The tune features singer Rudy
Hollywood better known as Rudolf Kosa, a Slovakian singer and
keyboardist Jeff Lorber, who has to compete with Eugen Botos.
Final tune is a tribute to Weather Report appropriately
named after this group. Martin Koleda on acoustic and electric
guitar is the figure of light of this piece also featuring
saxophonist Eric Marienthal and drummer Eric Valentine.
The Slovakian trio Finally shines
on Final Destination with technical brilliance and
dazzling artistry. Stylistically wide-ranging this album belongs
to the best new discovery of the year 2019.
Buy the album in all stores
Artist: Eugen Botos Finally
Genre: Smooth Jazz
1) Love For Real feat. Marcus Miller - Sheldon Reynolds (5:51)
2) Supernatural feat. Angela Johnson(4:53)
3) U Need Me
4) Business Lady (3:16)
5) Beautiful Dreamer feat.
Maysa Leak (3:45)
6) LA Funk feat. Victor Wooten - Ronald
Bruner Jr. (5:54)
7) Rhythm Fantastique feat. Brian McKnight
- Dave Weckl (4:04)
8) Travel in Time (Giant Steps) feat.
9) Dream Reality (3:55)
feat. Angela Johnson (6:05)
11) Symphony of Broken Hearts
feat. Dionne Warwick (6:50)
12) Thank You Jeff (5:05)
Oh My Love feat. Jeff Lorber (5:02)
14) Weather Report feat.
Eric Valentine - Eric Marienthal (6:11)