Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Back with that library flavor today with an album from the legendary Janko Nilovic. Born at the beginning of the forties in Montenegro, Janko moved to Paris in the sixties and never looked back, putting his multi instrument talents to use on a variety of projects and often working for up to ten hours a day, seven days a week. Prolific even by library musician standards, Janko produced over 30 albums in the seventies; this is just a brief example of this man's vast output, but hopefully it'll give you an idea of the range of music he produced.
"Soul Impressions" is one of the funkiest sets by Nilovic. This record definitely earns the "soul" in the title -- as Janko blends his usual mad mix of studio sounds with some heavier 70s elements -- including a fair bit of fuzzy guitar, funky beats, and some nice horn fills. About half the tracks on the album benefit from this sort of approach -- kind of across between blacksploitation soundtrack scoring and the tighter instrumental moods of work by The Duke of Burlington. The other half is more in Janko's usual bag -- nicely groovy jazz numbers, some with a slinky 70s edge. Below is an mp3 of the track "Crazy Enterprise."