All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

18

Mihaly Dresch Quartet with Chris Potter: Zea

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Track review of "Togo"

Hungarian reedman Mihaly Dresch is one of the more prominent jazz artists in Eastern Europe and generally sets high standards for his work. On this beautifully crafted live outing with American sax great Chris Potter, the ensemble melds tuneful melodies with Hungarian folk, dirge-like balladry, hyper-mode bop and progressive jazz via an uplifting mode of operations amid high-flying motifs and buoyant storylines.

Potter contributes 2 tracks, but the opener "Togo," is a composition by famed drummer Ed Blackwell, and is a gold standard type piece that sets the stage for the ensuing fireworks. Miklos Lukacs alters most notions of a standard jazz group configuration by playing the cimbalom which is a concert hammered dulcimer, where striking beaters against the strings emit a sound that falls somewhere between a piano and a harp. On this piece, he keenly contrasts Potter's powerful presence as Dresch uses the flute-like fuhun as a means of introducing an indigenous folk element into the big picture. Here, the musicians' bubbly theme building exercises serve as an undulating mechanism for the soloists ascending subplots, executed with chutzpah and memorable licks. But Lukacs' amazing extended solo is a harmonically resplendent jaunt, filled with detailed construction mechanisms and dazzling flurries along with some nifty reverse-engineering processes.

Towards the coda, Dresch and Potter trade exhilarating fours and slowly reframe the primary theme as the rhythm section peppers and prods the frontline throughout. They bring it all back home as some might say. Hence "Togo" is not only a teaser, but just the beginning of a technically astute work of art, instilled with various tangents atop the prevailing jazz vernacular.

Track Listing: Togo; Zea; Legenyes / Lad’s Dance; Amott legel / Grazing Yonder, Six Bay Horses; Free; Hazafele / Homeward Bound; Ereszkedo / Falling Gently; Futas Miska / Get Your Skates on, Mick!

Personnel: Mihaly Dresch: tenor and soprano saxophone, fuhun; Miklos Lukacs: cimbalom; Hock Erno: double bass; Istvan Balo: drums. Chris Potter: tenor saxophone, bass clarinet.

Title: Zea | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: BMC Music

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Zea

Zea

BMC Music
2016

buy
 

Argyélus

BMC Music
2007

buy

Related Articles

Read First Impressions CD/LP/Track Review
First Impressions
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 25, 2018
Read Dream Theory In Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two CD/LP/Track Review
Dream Theory In Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two
by Chris May
Published: February 25, 2018
Read In Stride CD/LP/Track Review
In Stride
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 25, 2018
Read Osmosis CD/LP/Track Review
Osmosis
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 25, 2018
Read Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & Best of the Rest CD/LP/Track Review
Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & Best of the Rest
by Jim Trageser
Published: February 25, 2018
Read You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To CD/LP/Track Review
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 24, 2018
Read "Viriditas" CD/LP/Track Review Viriditas
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 14, 2017
Read "Ariel" CD/LP/Track Review Ariel
by Paul Rauch
Published: November 22, 2017
Read "Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite" CD/LP/Track Review Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite
by Roger Farbey
Published: April 29, 2017
Read "Milestones" CD/LP/Track Review Milestones
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 31, 2017
Read "Trip" CD/LP/Track Review Trip
by James Nadal
Published: August 1, 2017
Read "Strykin’ Ahead" CD/LP/Track Review Strykin’ Ahead
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 30, 2017