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Ferenc Nemeth: Freedom

Read "Freedom" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Like a playground for improvisation, Hungarian drummer Ferenc Nemeth's newest recording abounds with joy and, in accord with the album title, a strong sense of Freedom. Not only does Freedom continue the bassless concept of his 2012 release Triumph (Dreamers Collective), but the New York-based percussionist allows himself to tap his intuition, often leading to simpler structures and minimal harmonic progressions. It is in such melodically generous frames that Nemeth--accompanied by his compatriot Tzumo Arpad on keys and Gregory Tardy ...

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Ferenc Nemeth/Attila Laszlo: Bridges Of Souls

Read "Bridges Of Souls" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Ferenc Nemeth's work has always been about building bridges and making connections with a diverse assortment of artists. He's connected styles and cultures through his extensive work with West African guitar phenom Lionel Loueke, supported Israeli bassist Omer Avital, Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca, and other top-shelf artists on record at different times, and built up an impressive body of work under his own name, crossing paths with saxophonist Joshua Redman, bassist John Patitucci, pianist Aaron Parks, and saxophonist Mark ...

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Ferenc Nemeth: Openness for Triumph

Read "Ferenc Nemeth: Openness for Triumph" reviewed by Marta Ramon

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 ...

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Ferenc Nemeth: Triumph

Read "Triumph" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

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 ...

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Ferenc Nemeth: Triumph

Read "Triumph" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

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 ...

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Ferenc Nemeth: Triumph

Read "Triumph" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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 ...

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Ferenc Nemeth: Night Songs

Read "Night Songs" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

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. ...


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