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Javier Vercher - Ferenc Nemeth: Imaginary Realm

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Imagination is the ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen, heard or experienced; the ability to think of new things. Saxophonist Javier Vercher and Drummer Ferenc Nemeth´s project Imaginary Realm can be summed up by this dictum, creating a realm between the two of them that is creative and full of new things. Saxophonist Javier Vercher was born in Madrid, but was raised in Valencia where he graduated from the Joaquin Rodrigo Conservatory of Valencia with a degree in classical clarinet. Vercher later attended the Berklee College of Music on ...

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Ferenc Nemeth: Openness for Triumph

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Ferenc Nemeth's versatility has positioned him in the front line of jazz drummers today. This Hungarian percussionist has developed a recognizable sound which has, over the years, resulted in his sharing the stage with renowned international jazzmen like saxophonists Wayne Shorter, Mark Turner and Chris Cheek, bassist Christian McBride, bassist John Patitucci, vibraphonist Dave Samuels and many others.When Nemeth sits in front of the drums his attention is completely focused on his colleagues' needs to lead the music towards an expected resolution. Nemeth's beat reflects the open mind of a musician who never tires of exploring new sounds ...

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Ferenc Nemeth: Triumph

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Ferenc Nemeth bursts onto the jazz scene with his second release as a leader. Triumph is the follow-up to his lyrical, more reserved debut Night Songs(Dreamers Collective 2007), and finds the Hungarian-born drummer in the company of a superb quartet including his boss in the Gilfema trio, guitarist Lionel Loueke. Where Night Songs bore the heavy influence of Loueke's approach to ethnic fusion, Triumph is unique in its mix of styles that seamlessly blend into a gem of a record. There is the wistfully beautiful “Sorrow And Wishful Thinking," where Nemeth's percussive beats match saxophonist Joshua Redman's ...

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Ferenc Nemeth: Triumph

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A couple of spins of Ferenc Nemeth's Triumph reveals an artist with an ear for the big picture. The Hungarian-born drummer has assembled an all-star jazz quartet and slipped in some subtle woodwind section undercurrents on an all-original outing focused on his personal life experiences, with titles like “Purpose," “Joy" and “Sorrow and Wishful Thinking." On smaller but more focused scale, Triumph's approach is similar to pianist Brad Mehldau's Highway Rider (Nonesuch, 2010)--a thematic set shaped like a symphony, with each piece leading into the next, interlocked and sectioned by interludes.The music doesn't fall into an easy category. ...

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Ferenc Nemeth: Triumph

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Hungarian-born drummer Ferenc Nemeth is primarily known as the percussive presence behind the music of one-of-a-kind guitarist Lionel Loueke, but roles are reversed on the drummer's triumphant sophomore album. Loueke, saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Kenny Werner join forces with, and in support of, Nemeth, forming one of the most potent foursomes on record in 2012. Nemeth's skills as drummer, composer and musical casting agent come together brilliantly on this gripping set of music that takes shape around tides of emotional development. Nemeth captures various states of being in his writing (i.e. “Joy," “Sorrow," “Hope") and he ...

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Ferenc Nemeth: Night Songs

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It might surprise that Hungarian-born drummer Ferenc Nemeth makes his debut as a leader with Night Songs. The sophistication and self-assurance of his composing and arranging have the earmarks of a seasoned veteran. Nemeth has assembled a group of musicians with whom he has worked before and who have worked at various times with each other; this all-around familiarity is what gives this disc its verve. In spite of its title, the tune “War isn't really violent. Nemeth's driving, inspired drum solo is as close to a martial flavor or aura as the song gets. The surprisingly ...

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Ferenc Nemeth: Night Songs

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In the vein of rising kit-masters such as Kendrick Scott, Tyshawn Sorey and Allison Miller, Ferenc Nemeth represents the new breed of post-Art Blakey jazz drummers, ushering in their own bravado and confident leadership. Creating a name may not be Nemeth's primary thrust, but his reverberations cannot be denied on Gilfema (Obliqsound, 2005) and Wheel of Time (Fresh Sound, 2007), a joint effort with saxophonist Javier Vercher The music heard on his auspicious debut, Night Songs, is filled with memorable performances and stimulating music written for a sextet of seminal players--young leaders with passion--who are charting new ...



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