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Lajos Dudas: Live At Salzburger Jazzherbst

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Hungarian clarinetist Lajos Dudas seems to continually find inspiration through altered states of musical companionship. In a three year span, Dudas released four vastly different records that mark him as a bolder-than-the-norm reed man with an unquenchable thirst for something different: He played one-on-one with pianist Hubert Bergmann on What's Up Neighbor (JazzSick, 2011), delivered a wide-ranging, decades-spanning career retrospective in the same year, worked with guitar, bass and drums on Jazz And The City (JazzSick, 2012), and explored trio pathways on Live At Porgy & Bess (JazzSick, 2013). So what does a septuagenarian seeker like Dudas do after he's ...

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Lajos Dudas Trio: Live at Porgy & Bess

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Vienna's Porgy & Bess Jazz Club is approaching its twentieth anniversary as an international--but intimate--venue for top jazz talent from Europe and beyond. It's the perfect setting for this live recording from the Lajos Dudas Trio. A Hungarian native living in Germany, clarinetist Dudas is teamed with long-time collaborator, guitarist Phillipp van Endert and bassist Leonard Jones. Jones--a seminal member of the AACM--has played with Muhal Richard Abrams, Sonny Simmons and Mal Waldron in the course of his accomplished career. For his part, Dudas has worked with Karl Berger, Albert Mangelsdorff and Attila Zoller among the more familiar names in ...

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Lajos Dudas Trio: Live at Porgy & Bess

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Hungarian-German clarinetist Lajos Dudas has quite the résumé in Europe, with about 50 recordings to his credit. He has been around long enough to have had clarinetist Artie Shaw remark on his talent, but do not mistake his longevity with a marriage to the traditional mainstream of jazz; it is anything but. Dudas has adventurous spirit that seeks to probe the same sonic areas as Jimmy Giuffre's 1960s trio, albeit in a somewhat more behaved fashion. The present live outing, recorded in Vienna, Austria's Porgy & Bess club finds the clarinetist leading an understated guitar-bass trio through a spirited and ...

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Lajos Dudas: Live at Porgy & Bess

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Budapest born and Überlingen (southern Germany) based clarinetist Lajos Dudas is one of the few, contemporary virtuosos of this woodwind in the realm of jazz. His mastery over every nuance of his instrument allows him to exploit the full breadth of its musical range with delightful ease.The extent of Dudas' talents are heard on the energetic set Live at Porgy and Bess recorded at the famous Vienna club of the title. The sparse trio setting showcases his unique style and allows his band members ample room to shine as well.Dudas starts off with clean, deceptively, simple ...

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Lajos Dudas Quartet: Jazz And The City

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Most musicians firmly plant themselves in one particular territory in the music world, but clarinetist Lajos Dudas prefers to set up camp at the border crossings, allowing for swift travel between stylistic realms. Dudas doesn't discriminate when it comes to direction, and he's made that evident through his own endeavors over the past fifty years. He spars with the avant-garde elite, swings like mad in straightforward settings, tackles classical music with the requisite grace and technique that the repertoire demands and appears to have a damn good time doing all of it. While his skills and artistic scope have allowed ...

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Lajos Dudas Quartet: Jazz And The City

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Lajos Dudas' What's Up Neighbour? (JazzSick, 2011), was a collaboration with pianist Hubert Bergmann. An eminently enjoyable set of improvised tunes, the album highlighted the veteran clarinetist's love of and talent for improvisation. Jazz And The City showcases Dudas' skills in a more straight-ahead setting, leading a quartet through a set of standards and originals. The humor and good-natured love of the music remains, albeit within a more structured set of tunes.On Jazz And The City Dudas combines four of his own tunes with half a dozen well-known standards. Dudas and guitarist Philip van Endert weave their melodies ...

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Lajos Dudas and Hubert Bergmann: What's Up Neighbor?

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Lajos Dudas and Hubert Bergmann are both experienced musicians, but until 2011 they had never even met, let alone worked together. What's Up Neighbor? is their debut album, an engaging and refreshing duo set of improvisations on clarinet and piano. Dudas is an experienced improvising musician with an extensive discography going back to the '60s. Born in Hungary, he now lives in Germany, the home country of pianist Bergmann. The two met for the first time when Bergmann organized an improvised music workshop near Dudas' home, and What's Up Neighbor? is the result of their day in ...



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