Groove – Episode #20: Miroslav Vitous
A legendary musician. A true innovator of the bass. Those are facts.
Vitous attended the Prague Conservatory (where he played with Jan Hammer long before either of them were stars), which led him to Berklee College of Music. In the mid sixties Miroslav moved to New York, and found himself in the middle of one of the most amazing times to be alive and playing music in the history of the world. He wound up playing with legends like Stan Getz, Herbie Mann, Miles Davis, Chick Corea and many others. He was also front and center at the origin of fusion.
In 1971, along with saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Joe Zawinul and Miroslav on bass, Weather Report was created. After a few albums, Miroslav left the band. An adventurous musician, who also blends electronic and orchestral compositions, has led to an incredible career.
Currently, he is releasing his latest solo effort, Music of Weather Report, where he is not only re-recording some of the band’s earliest efforts (that he took part in), but also songs that he didn’t play on.
A true tribute to an incredible force of music from a true force of nature on the bass.
Enjoy the conversation…