Kinga Mezei – vocal | Ervin Malina – double bass | Kornél Pápista – tuba | Milan Aleksić – piano | Branislav Aksin – trombone | Béla Burány – baritone sax, soprano sax | Péter Bede – tenor sax, clarinet | Bogdan Ranković – alto sax, bass clarinet | Szilard Mezei– viola | István Csík – drums
Recorded live the 2nd of April 2011, at CNESA, Magyarkanizsa, Serbia. Recording Engineer: Lazar Zivanac – Studio Vilenjak. Mixed and mastered by Szilard Mezei. Concert organized by Regional Creative Atelier “Jozsef Nagy”, Magyarkanizsa, Serbia. Graphic work: Erzsebet Mezei. Photo/ Orfeas Skutelis.
Poems translated from the Hungarian by Petra Bakos Jarrett.
Tracklist: 1. Fújj szél, Zenta, visshangozz szél – Blow Wind Zenta, Echo Wind! [19:16] 2. Archaikus jóslat – archaic prophecy [12:55] 3. Medve a temerini határban – bear in the Temerin fields [16:55] 4. Fehéren kél a tél – The Winter Whitley Rises [10:05] 5. Rëza [12:40]
Today in our rough-and-tumble survey of the Not Two label releases
by jazz composer-violist-bandleader Szilard Mezei, we come to an ambitious offering by the Szilard Mezei Vocal Ensemble entitled Fujj szel, Zenta, visszhangozz szel! (Not Two 883-2).
It’s a full disk of Szilard’s large ensemble doing five of his pieces. Kinga Mezei presides as vocalist and she has a hearty, earthy voice that carries nicely over the ensemble and sounds quite lovely as well. The ensemble for this outing is Szilard on viola plus Rankovic on alto sax and bass clarinet, Bede on tenor sax and clarinet, Burany on baritone and soprano, Aksin on trombone, Aleksic on piano, Papista on tuba, Malina on doublebass and Csik on drums.
It is a lively blend of musical colors that Szilard makes full use of, and there are solid avant improvisers to take the spotlight and carry the day when needed.
The disk stands out for its very intriguing, substantial large ensemble new jazz compositions, the distinctive sound of the band, Szilard’s working of traditional Hungarian, eastern European folk elements into the mix here and there, and the improvisational heft of the band as a whole.
It is music that is very original, and as such difficult to describe in words. It’s very beautiful, and this is an excellent album. If you are looking for something different on the new jazz scene, here it is! — Gapplegate Music Review
CD version (incl. shipment cost world-wide)
MP3 version (101.25MB zip download)