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Attila Zoller

Attila Cornelius Zoller (born June 13, 1927 in Visegrád, Hungary; died January 25, 1998 in Townshend, Vermont) was the first guitarist to discover free jazz and is considered as one of the innovators of modern jazz guitar. As a child, Zoller was taught classical violin by his father, a professional violinist. In his teens, he switched to flugelhorn, then jazz bass, and finally guitar. Zoller quit school during the Russian occupation of Hungary following World War II and began playing professionally in Budapest jazz clubs. He escaped Hungary in 1948 just before the permanent Soviet blockade of the country and began his serious music career after he moved to Vienna in 1948, He formed a jazz group with the accordionist and vibraphonist Vera Auer

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Albert Mangelsdorff: Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends

Read "Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The afterlife for Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer's storied MPS Records has been tough to track. After Brunner-Schwer sold the rights to Philips in the early '80s, the label changed hands several times--Polydor picked it up and passed it through a subsidiary, Universal Music Group acquired its holdings, Speakers Corner Records took over on the vinyl side of ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Carla Bley: Shoe Leather, Mystery & Moxie

Read "Carla Bley: Shoe Leather, Mystery & Moxie" reviewed by Ian Patterson

With the passing of time. That's roughly how the title of Carla Bley's second trio album for ECM translates. Bley turned eighty a few months before the release of Andando el Tiempo but the passing years, if anything, have sharpened her composer's claws and whetted her playing appetite, judging by the music on this, her third ...

NEWS: RECORDING

CDs of Note – Short Takes

CDs of Note – Short Takes

Tis the season for jazz tribute recordings. Taking a look at CD projects honoring the musical legacies of Jackie McLean, Marian McPartland, Oscar Peterson, Dinah Washington, Grover Washington Jr. and Attila Zoller... Various Artists Message to Attila: The Music of Attila Zoller (Enja) The late Attila Zoller was an important but somewhat ...

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Lajos Dudas: Radio Days: The Music of Lajos Dudas

Read "Radio Days: The Music of Lajos Dudas" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

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 ...

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European Jazz Conference 2015: Hungarian Showcases

Read "European Jazz Conference 2015: Hungarian Showcases" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Budapest Music Center European Jazz Conference Hungarian Showcases Budapest, Hungary September, 24-27, 2015 The European Jazz Conference is a step forward for pan-European cooperation and collaboration. What was formerly the General Assembly of the Europe Jazz Network (EJN), became the European Jazz Conference from 2014. It is now also opened to ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Burt Eckoff: A Pianist's Close Encounters With the Greats of Jazz

Read "Burt Eckoff: A Pianist's Close Encounters With the Greats of Jazz" reviewed by Idelle Nissila-Stone

Active in the jny: New York City jazz scene since the 1960s, pianist Burt Eckoff played with many jazz greats, among them Howard McGhee, Maynard Ferguson, Art Blakey, Sonny Stitt and Archie Shepp. He is known for exceptional artistry in his work with vocalists Dionne Warwick, The Drifters, Eddie Jefferson, and most importantly Dakota Staton, with ...

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Brian McCarthy: This Just In

Read "This Just In" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Jazz is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Vermont but the state, despite its size, has had a long involvement with improvised music. Trumpeters Alan Shorter and Bill Dixon taught at Bennington College and guitarist Attila Zoller founded the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro. In addition to having a small yet ...

Jazz Soundtracks

Label: Avalon Music
Released: 2013

Lajos Dudas Trio: Live at Porgy & Bess

Read "Live at Porgy & Bess" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

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 ...


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