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Grencsó Open Collective: Flat / Sikvidek

Read "Flat / Sikvidek" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Multi-reedman Istvan Grencso is not well-known in the US, but is a major, cutting-edge jazz artist in his native Hungary. Thus, Flat / Sikvidek duly stresses his elevated artistry and significant compositional acumen. Nonetheless, the quartet's synergy cannot be undermined, as it incorporates budding jazz stylizations of various flavors into a panorama that abides by construction / deconstruction paradigms in rather harmonious fashion. The musicians often toy with, and reformulate a wide array of cadences, while launching into ...

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Mihaly Borbely Quartet: Hungarian Jazz Rhapsody

Read "Hungarian Jazz Rhapsody" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Hungarian jazz doesn't receive same the level of attention as Western Europe and Scandinavia. Other than acclaimed jazz guitar legends, Gabor Szabo and Attila Zoller, there haven't been many household names within this idiom. Yet the BMC Records label has been a catalyst by producing gifted progressive jazz artists, such as the Dresch Quartet, and here, saxophonist Mihaly Borbely who titles his album and performs Zoller's composition, Hungarian Rhapsody. The quartet bridges the outside realm with modern jazz ...

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Daniel Szabo: Contribution

Read "Contribution" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

In the sublime world of Dániel Szabo, invention is the key. This is how the prodigiously talented pianist and composer helps guide his trio and guest, Chris Potter through his challenging compositions on Contribution. Although Szabo likes to retreat to a musical place that is somewhat like a humble hermitage, his is the voice that defines this album; his is the guiding spirit that draws the music from the souls of his ensemble--the astounding, virtuoso bassist, Mátyás Szandai and drummer ...


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