All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

95

Lajos Dudas Quartet: Jazz And The City

Bruce Lindsay By

Sign in to view read count
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 over bassist Martin Gjakonowski and drummer Kurt Bilker's swinging, occasionally funky, rhythms. The lead players both have warm, flowing, styles that engage beautifully with the classic lines of Jimmy Van Heusen's "Here's That Rainy Day" and Harold Arlen's "I've Got The World On A String." Dudas' arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's "America" is less successful; his soft, smooth, clarinet style fails to match the assertiveness of Bilker and Gjakonowski's strident rhythm, which better encapsulates the song's energy.

"Just Friends" is a beautifully sedate take on the Klemmer and Lewis classic. Dudas' tone is at its warmest and woodiest, while the other band members offer sympathetic, thoughtful support; it's a master class in musical sensitivity.

Dudas' compositions are characterized by a gentle swing, a relaxed vibe that makes them sound familiar and comforting. "Cab Car" has a late night bluesy feel, accentuated by van Endert's guitar solo. While "Riffs" is a jaunty, cheeky, upbeat tune. "Miles" and "Soft Waves" are rich, heartwarming, numbers that mix balladry with Bilker's solid drumming and some fine comping from van Endert.

Dudas originally released Jazz And The City in 2004 (Konnex Records). It's part of an extensive discography—over 30 albums since 1977—that includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach as well as mainstream jazz and improvised music. This is a welcome rerelease from a stylish master of the clarinet.

Track Listing: Riffs; Miles; Here's That Rainy Day; Hommage to O. P.; America; Cab Car; I've Got The World On A String; Soft Waves; Take 5; Just Friends.

Personnel: Lajos Dudas: clarinet; Philipp van Endert: guitar; Martin Gjakonowski: bass; Kurt Bilker: drums.

Title: Jazz And The City | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: JazzSick Records

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Night and Day

Night and Day

Lajos Dudas
Live at Porgy & Bess

Folksong

Folksong

Lajos Dudas
Live At Salzburger Jazzherbst

Just Friends

Just Friends

Lajos Dudas
Jazz And The City

Seven-Sixteen

Seven-Sixteen

Lajos Dudas
Chamber Music Live

Un poco presto

Un poco presto

Lajos Dudas
50 Years With Jazzclarinet

All Of Me

All Of Me

Lajos Dudas
Nightlight

Blueduet

Blueduet

Lajos Dudas
50 Years With Jazzclarinet

Bailey's Bundles
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Some Great Songs Vol. 2

Some Great Songs Vol....

JazzSick Records
2017

buy
Brückenshlag

Brückenshlag

JazzSick Records
2016

buy
Radio Days: The Music of Lajos Dudas

Radio Days: The Music...

JazzSick Records
2016

buy
Live At Salzburger Jazzherbst

Live At Salzburger...

JazzSick Records
2014

buy
Live At Salzburger Jazzherbst

Live At Salzburger...

JazzSick Records
2013

buy
Live at Porgy & Bess

Live at Porgy & Bess

JazzSick Records
2013

buy

Related Articles

Read Live CD/LP/Track Review
Live
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: April 21, 2018
Read Humanities CD/LP/Track Review
Humanities
by David A. Orthmann
Published: April 21, 2018
Read Wild Is The Wind CD/LP/Track Review
Wild Is The Wind
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 21, 2018
Read Fairytales CD/LP/Track Review
Fairytales
by Gareth Thompson
Published: April 21, 2018
Read Origins CD/LP/Track Review
Origins
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 20, 2018
Read Bright Force CD/LP/Track Review
Bright Force
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 20, 2018
Read "A Thing Called Joe" CD/LP/Track Review A Thing Called Joe
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 7, 2017
Read "Use Your Imagination" CD/LP/Track Review Use Your Imagination
by David A. Orthmann
Published: December 21, 2017
Read "Let's Groove: The Music of Earth Wind & Fire" CD/LP/Track Review Let's Groove: The Music of Earth Wind & Fire
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 1, 2017
Read "Live From Jazz at the Bistro" CD/LP/Track Review Live From Jazz at the Bistro
by Geannine Reid
Published: May 15, 2017
Read "Beyond the Moon" CD/LP/Track Review Beyond the Moon
by Tyran Grillo
Published: August 12, 2017
Read "Birdsongs" CD/LP/Track Review Birdsongs
by Troy Dostert
Published: March 12, 2018