Czech bassist Miroslav Vitous (1947), a child prodigy who moved to the USA in 1966 and
immediately generated a sensation, being adopted by the likes of
Chick Corea and Jack DeJohnette, debuted as a leader at 22 with
Infinite Search (october 1969), that featured guitarist
John McLaughlin, keyboardist Herbie Hancock, tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson
and drummer Jack DeJohnette, almost an offshoot of the sessions for
Wayne Shorter's Super Nova (august 1969).
It was a pioneering work of jazz-rock jamming and also a showcase for the
leader's multifaceted technique that granted a melodic and textural role
to the bass (the eleven-minute I Will Tell Him On You).
Purple (august 1970), featuring McLaughlin,
keyboardist Joe Zawinul and drummer Billy Cobham, contained even more elegant
compositions, such as Purple and Water Lilie.
The following year he joined Weather Report.