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Lajos Dudas: Brückenshlag

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Clarinetist Lajos Dudas is a vector talent, having both a fixed direction and potent momentum associated with it. His music is descendant of Jimmy Giuffre's early '60s recordings with bassist Steve Swallow and pianist Paul Bley. Dudas' music is an evolution into a freer, yet more structured performance form. Both his vertical and horizontal improvisations possess a certain synergy with one another, neither being dominant. These attributes can be detected on Dudas' recent recordings, Jazz and the City (JazzSick Records, ...

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Lajos Dudas: Radio Days: The Music of Lajos Dudas

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It is always a nice surprise when someone pops up who is new to you, but who, it turns out, has been playing for decades, has an extensive discography, and who has been reviewed quite a few times here at All About Jazz. That someone is clarinetist Lajos Dudas, and with Radio Days, celebrates his seventy-fifth birthday and a fifty-five year career with tracks recorded over a twenty year period, starting in 1984. The immediate impression ...

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Lajos Dudas: Radio Days: The Music of Lajos Dudas

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German-Hungarian jazz clarinetist/composer Lajos Dudas has been performing on the radio for a long time. This “Birthday Edition 75" collects performances dating from 1984 to the early 2000s: about twenty years. All but one track was also composed by him, so it's a good picture of his adventurous composing and playing over a good part of his career. The earliest tracks (from WDR Cologne) are arguably the most dated: they're clearly in fusion mode, complete with period keyboard sounds. Still ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


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