Tibor Szemzo is a minimalist who specializes here in "Snapshot from the Island" in the small sounds of serenity and peace. The music seems to be credited to flute and synthesizer, but it often sounds almost vocal, in an ethereal, ancient, Gregorian Chant fashion. There is a good deal of sustaining of notes, reverb, echo, gradual building and dying away of volume. This track ever so gradually builds in momentum, and the flute becomes clearer, whirling and whirling in space . . . and the trance is thoroughly established.
The other trance-states are called "Water-Wonder" and "Let's go out and dance." The latter is ironically titled, unless the kind of dancing Tibor has in mind is something quite original, but a cloudy kind of rhythm is ultimately established. The breathing on this track recalls Disco Donna Summer's orgasmic recordings and the kind of ethereal, Gregorian-Chant inspired dance music that was popular a few years ago - although both of those had disco drum machines behind them, while this music just floats. So if you are prepared to float, don't miss a chance to grab this.
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.