Hungarian composer Tibor Szemzo’s latest tome set to music is based on the soundtrack for the film Danube Exodus by Peter Forgacs. The music depicts the 1939 exodus of Jews from Bratislava, hiring two steamboats with the intentions of escaping Slovak and Nazi rule. Hence, the composer’s minimalist concepts shine forth here amid an electro-acoustic set featuring strings, horns and a rhythm section. Szemzo conveys moods of various colors throughout these hauntingly melodic pieces, spanning world music, contemporary classical and jazz along with nicely placed EFX.
The artist employs vocalist Marcell Lorand and Trio Lorand to enhance the proceedings with faintly mixed, operatic style libretto. With this effort, Szemzo implements enticing melodies to complement airy strings, delicately balanced percussion grooves and multihued frameworks, while also utilizing space and depth to great effect. On “Ceskoslovensko,” the ensemble renders temperate passages atop Tamas Toth’s tuneful electric bass work and drummer Peter Magyar Osszekoto’s subliminally inclined concoctions. Overall, Szemzo is a master at the art of deception, where his primary themes repeat in ostinato fashion to coincide with a few symmetrical shifts in strategy. Recommended...
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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