Hungarian/German clarinetist Lajos Dudas has had his long career celebrated by the Vimeo video Ein Künstlerportrait, along with the accompanying Munich Concert video. This album follows with a career retrospective from 1979 to 2013, focusing primarily on his original music, in a variety of settings. Dudas calls it "the ultimate summary," a "selection of notable and timeless live and studio recordings with different musicians at different places."
Half of the recordings are live, and the ensembles are primarily of the chamber jazz variety. "Miniaturen" opens the album with a clarinet quartetwhich sounds like contemporary concert music, and may not involve any improvisationwith vibraphone featured on "Echo" and "Nightfall."
The 1990s are represented by small groups with clarinet and double bass (sometimes joined by vocals). They show Dudas approaching bebop ideas from an increasingly free perspective. The one cover in the set is "All The Things You Are," which is played by a quintet with frequent collaborator guitarist Philipp van Endert in the chordal role. The performance is an almost pointillist interpretation of the tune at first, moving into a contemporary rhythmic treatment.
The newest tracks date from 2013. They are both free improvisations, illustrating his voyage of discovery from bebop to an increasingly open improvisational approach. Lajos Dudas is an under-sung clarinetist, a master of modern jazz on the instrument. This album is another demonstration of his gifts, showing his skills in composition, classical clarinet playing, bebop, blues, and free improvisation.
Track Listing: Miniaturen; Echos; Changes of Time; Night Fall; Real Bebop; Walk in
the City; Ordinary Memory; Convergence; All the Things You Are;
Eleven and Hal Bar Blues.
Personnel: Lajos Dudas: clarinet; Dieter Kuhr: clarinet (1); Theo Jorgensmann:
alto clarinet (1); Eckard Koltermann: bass clarinet (1); Tommy Vig:
vibraphone (2). Vitold Rek: bass (3); Wladimir Tarasov: drums (3);
Hans Sparla: trombone(3) ; Harvey Wainapel: alto saxophone (3);
Tom van der Geld: vibraphone (4); Ali Haurand: bass (4); Kurt Billiker:
drums (4,9); Sebastian Buchholz: alto saxophone (5); Yildiz
Ibrahiova: vocals (5); Balazs Berkes: bass (6); Hubert Bergmann:
piano (7); Elmar Guantes: bass (8); Leonard Jones: bass (9); Jochen
Buttner: percussion (9); Philipp van Endert: guitar (9); Teodossi
Stoykov: bass (10); Marta Szirmay: vocals (10).
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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