230

Gyorgy Szabados: Time Flies

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Gyorgy Szabados: Time Flies According to the companion press release, pianist/composer Gyorgy Szabados is the “godfather of the Hungarian modern jazz scene”. Here, the artist embarks on a solo flight consisting of Euro-Classical style themes melded with free jazz dialogue. Basically, Szabados employs swirling clusters and lush embellishments in concert with dazzling speed and wonderfully coordinated yet altogether complex left-hand, right-hand techniques.

The pianist implements an endearing ostinato on the piece titled, “My Favourite Dance” as he raises the intensity level via hypnotic passages and climactic opuses. Yet on “Love”, Szabados pursues ethereal dreamscapes in conjunction with huge block chords, whereas he pulls out the stops with rapid right hand single note lines and hybrid jazz/ethnocentric motifs amid a maddening pace. Needless to state, there’s a whole lot going on, as the pianist is seldom at a loss for ideas or ways and means to express his shrewdly envisioned wares.

Overall, Time Flies is a mighty impressive showing by a musician who for many years, was restrained by an inhibiting Hungarian government. However, since a new constitution was approved in 1989, Szabados and other forward thinking Hungarian artists were able to perform with fellow modernists emanating from Western Europe, the United States and other “free” countries. With Time Flies, Gyorgy Szabados’ unique craft and distinguishable musical voice comes to fruition in a huge way!

See February 2001 review of Cafe Electric by the Max Nagl Quintet as we celebrate the refreshingly new “November Music” label.


Track Listing: Tone/Time Flies, Raga, My Favourite Dance, Love, Memory, Golden Age

Personnel: Gyorgy Szabados; Piano

Title: Time Flies | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: November Music


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Screen Sounds CD/LP/Track Review Screen Sounds
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 20, 2017
Read Rediscovered Ellington CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 20, 2017
Read The Bug CD/LP/Track Review The Bug
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 20, 2017
Read Sing Me Some Cry CD/LP/Track Review Sing Me Some Cry
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 20, 2017
Read Masters In Bordeaux CD/LP/Track Review Masters In Bordeaux
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 19, 2017
Read On Parade In Parede CD/LP/Track Review On Parade In Parede
by John Sharpe
Published: August 19, 2017
Read "Il Dodicesimo Nano" CD/LP/Track Review Il Dodicesimo Nano
by Jim Olin
Published: January 10, 2017
Read "Out Of The Blue" CD/LP/Track Review Out Of The Blue
by Tyran Grillo
Published: November 4, 2016
Read "King For A Day" CD/LP/Track Review King For A Day
by Glenn Astarita
Published: June 3, 2017
Read "Time on My Hands" CD/LP/Track Review Time on My Hands
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 10, 2016
Read "I Know Who I Am" CD/LP/Track Review I Know Who I Am
by James Nadal
Published: July 26, 2017
Read "EE-YA-GI (Stories)" CD/LP/Track Review EE-YA-GI (Stories)
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 19, 2017

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.