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FERMATA

Jazz Rock/Fusion • Slovakia


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Founded in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1973 - Hiatus from 1985-1991 and then irregularly - Reformed in 1999

FERMATA formed from the association of guitarist Frantisek Griglak (ex-Collegium Musicum and Prudy) and keyboardist Thomas Berka. Apparently their brand of instrumental jazz-rock was at best approved, at worst tolerated by the Communist regime as they released all their albums on the state apparatchik label Opus. Indeed, their music has been compared to Spain's Iceberg or Holland's Finch, but this writer wouldn't hesitate to talk of Mahavishnu Orchestra as well, at least for their first few albums.

Both Griglak and Berka would be the mainstays of an otherwise often-changing line-up, even if Karol Olah held the drum stool from their third album until the mid-80's at least. Right from their first album, FERMATA posessed some quality western instruments like Gibson, Fender, Rickenbacker and the full array of keyboards except the Mellotron and the Moog, which might be a bit surprising for a band that was under scrutiny of the closed-borders regime. Their music slowly degraded to a synthesized rock of "Ad Libitum" in the mid-80's. Apparently still alive today, the group still releases the odd album.

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FERMATA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.21 | 69 ratings
Fermáta
1975
4.01 | 63 ratings
Pieseň Z Hôľ
1976
4.11 | 112 ratings
Huascaran
1977
3.82 | 53 ratings
Dunajská Legenda
1980
3.74 | 33 ratings
Biela Planéta
1981
3.68 | 32 ratings
Generation
1981
3.84 | 29 ratings
Ad Libitum
1984
4.00 | 22 ratings
Simile ...
1991
3.00 | 15 ratings
Real Time
1994
3.68 | 22 ratings
Fermáta X
1999
3.51 | 15 ratings
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2005

FERMATA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.78 | 13 ratings
Live V Klube Za Zrkadlom
2007

FERMATA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.75 | 8 ratings
Live V Klube Za Zrkadlom
2007

FERMATA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.22 | 9 ratings
Fermáta / Pieseň Z Hôľ
1997
4.57 | 7 ratings
Fermáta/Piese; z hô318
2009
4.63 | 8 ratings
Huascaran/Dunajská legenda
2009
4.14 | 7 ratings
Biela planéta/Generation
2009
3.44 | 7 ratings
Ad Libitum/Simile...
2009

FERMATA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

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 Live V Klube Za Zrkadlom by FERMATA album cover Live, 2007
3.78 | 13 ratings

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Live V Klube Za Zrkadlom
Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Anon-E-Mouse

3 stars Ah well, just how do I put it? This is no "garage band", rather the opposite - and therein lies the disappointment. Highly skilled musicians just taking it too easy, to the point where boredom with this "underinspired" performance sets in early in the piece, commanding intermittent attention only.

The band's Jazz-Rock direction of earlier years is largely retired by this point, only to surface briefly - as if by accident. No, this is closer to doing Joe Satriani filler material and with that I have just about said all I felt compelled to share here.

What's been performed here is not bad at all and done rather well, except that it fails to excite as an end result. This is not bad work at all, just not good enough to qualify for another spin.

Rating it as 3 stars hurts, as this is not as weak as numerous 3 rated works (Good, but non- essential), but the reality is that this live performance fits that description. 3.5 and rounded down.

 Next by FERMATA album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.51 | 15 ratings

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Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Anon-E-Mouse

4 stars This band's early albums had shown a strong John McLaughlin influence, but not to the point of plagiarism, more like a respect, instead. 30 years later they sound very much like a decent Joe Satriani effort. Now, that's not a bad thing in my books as I do admire Satriani's abilities.

Some jazzy elements remain, but this album is more Rock influenced. Starting with a hard rocking tune gives way to more relaxed, but still serious guitar slinging. Surprisingly, some orchestral elements are also added - albeit sparingly. The single vocal track is of some surprise, too and points towards Crossover territory I don't normally listen to (MoR Rock with almost accidental Prog bits), so I am at a loss to liken it with anything. Actually, it's not an annoying piece at all, but wouldn't be missed.

There are also references to more lyrical efforts heard on Steve Morse's solo albums. Considering the talents involved, it's not quite as original as it could have been, nevertheless it has room in my collection. At under 36 mins it's a bit disappointing, so it'll just scrape past a rating of 3.5.

 Pieseň Z Hôľ by FERMATA album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.01 | 63 ratings

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Pieseň Z Hôľ
Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Anon-E-Mouse

4 stars For many decades I was only familiar with the band's name, having only a faint idea of the music they may have played. Considering that they were active from behind the Iron Curtain, I didn't expect ever to hear a single note. As luck has it - quite unexpectedly - I came across some of their releases in recent times and what a pleasant surprise it was!

At first spin this album takes me back in time to the mid-70's when Jazz-Rock was in full bloom with almost complete disregard to mainstream commercial success. Spirited playing with no compromises laces this work from beginning to end. I must admit, at times it may come across as somewhat overambitious, but I won't hold it against the band persevering in trying circumstances.

Fast paced work, conjuring images of Gary Boyle's Isotope, also of John McLaughlin in early Mahavishnu. Even some Jerry Goodman-like violins are added. In the first tune the rather dull, repetitive bass has put me off a bit, but for the rest of the work the bass was excellent.

A great album that would fit neatly in any Jazz-Rock collection. 4.5 here and I am looking forward to hear more from this great band.

 Pieseň Z Hôľ by FERMATA album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.01 | 63 ratings

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Pieseň Z Hôľ
Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Suedevanshoe

5 stars A scintillating listen that takes a while to sink it's teeth.

This album is constructed in nearly the same vein as all top shelf fusion albums, with lengthy diversions, quick tempo changes, and glorious rhythms to spare. Synths and guitar dominate the solos, with tons of solid backbone all the way through. Some violin adds a classy touch to the precedings on a few tracks. It's not overwhelming like on some records, say Jan Hammer's Oh Yeah!

This is professional fusion at it's finest done by true pros. They may steal cookies from the Mahavishnu jar but they take those cookies and add some interesting toppings.

I think the closing track is as fine a closer in fusion, perhaps all of prog. Truly fitting, spacey opening gives way to heavy synth and violin solos, followed by synths and lovely sung harmony to close. A classic.

 Huascaran by FERMATA album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.11 | 112 ratings

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Huascaran
Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Fermata developed their musical sound in a more rock-oriented direction this time around, taking on influences from symphonic prog mainstays such as Emerson, Lake and Palmer in order to craft this concept album about the devastating Huascaran earthquake of 1970. As far as blendings of symphonic prog rock and jazz fusion go, I don't think it's as interesting as the territory fellow Iron Curtain group SBB were exploring at around these times; the fusion sections lack the fury and passion of Fermata's previous albums, and the symphonic rock sections sound lifeless and unenthusiastic to my ears. Not my cup of tea by a long way.
 Pieseň Z Hôľ by FERMATA album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.01 | 63 ratings

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Pieseň Z Hôľ
Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars As with the previous album, Fermata's Piesen Z Hol presents a strongly Mahavishnu Orchestra-influenced brand of fusion based around the furious guitar work of Frantisek Griglák. With both Griglák and Tomás Berka contributing keyboard work to the mix, the album shows a somewhat greater synthesiser presence than the debut - or, for that matter, the original Mahavishnu Orchestra's albums, making Piesen's sound rather more unique. If you want to imagine what the Orchestra might have sounded like if the original lineup had stayed together and Jan Hammer had gotten some top-flight synthesisers, you should definitely consider giving this album a try.
 Fermáta by FERMATA album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.21 | 69 ratings

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Fermáta
Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars A confident fusion debut from Fermata, with Tomás Berka's keyboards and Frantisek Griglák's guitar playing providing a particularly interesting sound. Raw and aggressive, the music clearly shows a mild Mahavishnu Orchestra influence, Griglak in particular showing just as much capacity as John McLaughlin for fast-paced playing - as shown off on the opening track Rumunská Rapsódia. A good fusion debut which feels at points rather anonymous - the band would develop a more distinctive sound over the course of subsequent albums, of course. Fans of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and anyone interested in jazz from beyond the Iron Curtain will be particularly happy with this one.
 Fermáta X by FERMATA album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.68 | 22 ratings

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Fermáta X
Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Music By Mail

3 stars The cross on the front cover is a discreet sign telling you in fact that this is the tenth album by the Slovakian band! And they push the vice as far as giving you ten tracks too! Guitarist Frantisek Griglák is the only original member left and he's now also partly taking charge of keyboards; bass player Fedor Freso has been on the three albums made in 1980 and 1981, Midlan Tedla - here guesting on violin on one track - had also appeared once previously; so if the '99 version is presenting a new drummer (Martin Valihora) and an additional keyboard player (Peter Prelozník), the musical direction is firmly taken in charge by the guitarist (composing, arrangements) and the bass player, who is also the producer. Fermata has well kept alive the good values that made them popular: a sense for melodic development, a solid rhythm section, rich keyboard textures and a good technical playing ability. To keep the sound in tune with the times, programming and samplers are also integrated; Fermata's music is of a much expressive nature with great lyricism and classicism; if the fire from the 70's may have slightly faded a bit, putting up an album like "X" 24 years after their debut album from 1975 is in itself a remarquable achievement and it is a much enjoyable album indeed!

Note! The line up given here by the original poster is WRONG and should tend to have you believe that the band returned to their original line up for their tenth album! This is NOT the case! Tomás Berka (keyboards), Anton Jaro (bass), Peter Szapu (drums), Peter Oláh (vocal) are NOT performing on "X" and I hope the admins at Prog Archives will correct this amalgam of false credits! Too bad from the poster's side not having duly made his/her homework!

 Ad Libitum/Simile... by FERMATA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2009
3.44 | 7 ratings

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Ad Libitum/Simile...
Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Music By Mail

3 stars This is the 4th twofer released in 2009 on the label Opus, thus providing us with two more albums from the Slovakian band Fermata. And this one is a mixed bag! If "Ad Libitum" (1984) clearly shows signs of fatigue and sounds decidedly more plain rock than progressive, the return operated in 1991 after a long (and positive) break, ending with the release of "Simile", is far more interesting, presenting a band that found new energy and can bite again! The synth work also gives us rich and powerful sounds, able to sustain catchy melodies as well as darker moods or guitars on fire. There is a solid drumming throughout and some nice harmonic bass playing (the track "Mardi Gras" on Simile) or gentle arpeggiated acoustic guitar that give extra colours here and there. When this is said, I'd better finish by telling you that the band's highlights are still what they came with in the 70's; no matter how but the late releases from the 90's are still halting, compared to the initial outburst; and what they did in the mid 80's will probably not leave much positive in your memories! So to be fair, I should only rate this 2,5 stars, "Simile" being the only real value of this twofer.
 Huascaran by FERMATA album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.11 | 112 ratings

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Huascaran
Fermata Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars This symphonic jazz/rock album from Eastern Europe is a popular title amongst symphonic fans. The album excels in balancing different moods against one another, busy funky fusion sections with lots of synths alternate with gentle piano parts, sweeping guitar solos and even some pastoral vocal sections. The interplay between the members is of consistently high quality as no one takes the spotlight unnecessary or diverts the attention from the compositions.

The album is meant to tell a story and this clearly shows in the compositions, which move from scene to scene, almost like Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition". In structure at least, as the music lacks dramatic impact for me, there are section that rock out, but I'm not a fan of the mellow melodic style, nor of the sympho-funk style they use at times . The production could be better as well, the instruments don't always blend together well and it's too polished and synthetic for my taste. In other words, it's the typical Progrock sound of the second half of the 70s.

This is a good fusion album, and at the same time it's an adequate symphonic album. Fans of melodic fusion like RTF should apreciate this a lot. But looking at the Eastern European scene, I prefer SBB and Blue Effect.

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