“....he sounds great, his solos are thought through, he's got unerring rhythm, he creates just the right sound for the band.” George Mraz
Born in Nachod, Czech republic. Robert Balzar began playing the acoustic bass at age eleven. Robert studied classical bass at Brno Conservatory- bass, piano. In 1985, he continued his career in Prague as a studio musician (TV bigband) and a jazz artist.
In 1996 he establish group under his own name - Robert Balzar Trio.
As a performer, he has played with Joe Newman, Benny Bailey, Tony Scott, Benny Golson, Wynton Marsalis, Lew Tabackin, Tony Lakatos, Victor Lewis, Hal Galper Trio, Craig Handy, John Abercrombie.....
AwardsCD Travelling was voted 1998 CD of the Year by Czech Radio Jazz Test
Robert Balzar was voted 1999 Best Czech Bassplayer of the Year
CD Alone was voted the Best Czech CD of the Year
Robert Balzar Trio was voted 2000 Best Czech Group of the Year
CD Overnight was nominated Czech Grammy Awards on the Sony/BMG label
....A SUPERB OUTING BY FOUR
-- Bill Milkowski
CD OVERNIGHT by R.Balzar Trio
ABSOLUTELY GREAT - OVERNIGHT!
There’s no need to look for superlatives and endorsements from world-renowned names because music created by Balzar - double bass, Macha - piano, Slavicek - drums leaves no doubt. I’m known as a sensible person, very judicious and critical, and also quite bored by jazz. However, the guys play fantastically! The solos! The sounds! This is timeless well-mastered mainstream, which oozes with jazz like the spring with new life. It also draws handfuls of beauty from classical music. This is the finish line in a longdistance race.
Petra Konradova, Reflex 2 June, 2005
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