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Mezei, Szilard Quintet / Cerkno
Album:Cerkno Collection:Jazz
Artist:Mezei, Szilard Quintet Added:03/2008
Label:Leo Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2008-06-01 Pull Date:2008-08-03 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:6 Jul29 Jun15 Jun8 Jun

 Recent Airplay
1.Sep 16, 2011:razor's edge
Inkabb (Rather), Cougar
4.Jun 13, 2008:Memory Select
Jatek (Play) / Az A Tanc (That Dance)
2.Jul 04, 2008:Memory Select
Ko (Stone)
5.Jun 08, 2008:Undrinkably Bad Oddities
Az A Tanc (That Dance)
3.Jun 27, 2008:Memory Select
Ko (Stone)
6.Jun 07, 2008:Scatterbrain Replacement Radio

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2008-05-30 
Energetic "out-there" jazz, led by viola! Lots of energy here. It's got chamber and Euro-free-improv influences but definitely reflects a love of traditional jazz. Disciplined stuff with a good sense of abandon, a combination that often brings out the best in these kinds of sessions. (That it's a live session probably helped a lot.) Every track is great, although #5 might be less fun than the others. Highly recommended.

Szilard Mezei - viola
Bogdan Rankovic - bass clarinet, alto sax
Milan Aleksic - piano
Ervin Malina - bass
Istvan Csik - drums

1- Full improv. Fast, often delicate (although it digs in a bit) SEGUES into:
2- Hard-driven post-bop, after a careful/fast chamber intro
3- Great piano riff & viola theme. Fun, but only 1 minute long.
4- Gets a bit vicious early on and digs into a cool viola solo with fast bebop bass/drums. A screaming sax/drums-led segment follows. Fantastic. (13 mins. long)
5- Slower, with a reverent regal theme about halfway through
6- Fast, groany chamber feel, but upbeat. All kettle drums!
7- Cool groove, dark theme. Fairly fast.
8- Goofing around, fast and a bit silly. Abstract.
9- Fast and tumbling, into a cool bop-inspired groove
10- Dizzying, fast
11- Jaunty and swingy

Track Listing
1.Collective Improvisation 6.Jaguar
2.Rokka (Spinning Wheel) 7.Inkabb (Rather)
3.Haromfa (Three Trees) 8.Jatek (Play)
4.Cougar 9.Az A Tanc (That Dance)
5.Fohasz (Petition) 10.Ko (Stone)