Home » Jazz Articles » Szilárd Mezei Tubass Quintet: Rested Turquoise


Album Review

Szilárd Mezei Tubass Quintet: Rested Turquoise


Sign in to view read count
Szilárd Mezei Tubass Quintet: Rested Turquoise
Pardon the quote from the American rock band Cracker's lyrics to "Low": Sometimes I want to take you down/Sometimes I want to get you low/ Brush your hair back from your eyes/Take you down let the river flow. It's relevant because Szilard Mezei's Tubass Quintet does carry out a mission to take you low. With a unique line up comprised of four double basses and a tuba, Mezei's Rested Turquoise does let a river of sound flow.

The music draws from both new music and improvisation. Mezei's compositions are executed in a methodical and efficient manner. That was essential, or this might have been chaos. By arranging two pairs of bassists, Ernő Hock (left) Zoltán Csányi (left middle); Szilárd Mezei (right middle), and Ervin Malina (right), we hear alternating bowed and pizzicato sounds with Kornél Pápista's tuba in the center. Think a stripped- down version of Henry Threadgill's Very Very Circus or Howard Johnson's Gravity.

What we hear is a disciplined ensemble. Mezei's arrangements allow for the separation of instruments and space for soloing. The marching "Hep 26" plows a deep and resonant furrow of sound before it blossoms into multidirectional patterns. Tuba is accompanied by crosstalk arco and plucked bass. Sure they are occupying the low end, but like a skilled tenor saxophonist, the upper registers of the bass offer aural delights. The four bassists also utilize the percussive parts of their instruments, tapping, humming, fizzing, and thumping a thunderous sound. All of this is choreographed by Mezei for maximum enjoyment. Let's get low.

Track Listing

Hep 34; Hep 26; Hep 33; Osaka Blues; Pihent Türkiz/Rested Turquoise; Hep 31½; Simfle Sonk.


Szilard Mezei: viola.

Additional Instrumentation

Kornél Pápista: tuba; Ernő Hock: double bass; Zoltán Csányi: double bass; Szilárd Mezei: double bass; Ervin Malina: double bass.

Album information

Title: Rested Turquoise | Year Released: 2021 | Record Label: NoBusiness Records

Post a comment about this album

Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.



The Red Door
Orrin Evans
Blues For Gerry
David Hazeltine
Nowhere Girl
Nicky Schrire
Taj Mahal


Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.