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Nem füstöl a zentaji gyár kéménye

Artist: Szilard Mezei

Date of Release: 27/01/2017

Catalogue no: SLAMCD 579

Label: SLAM

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SZILÁRD MEZEI TÚL A TISZÁN INNEN ENSEMBLE

Born and living in Serbia, Szilard Mezai’s cultural heritage is truly Hungarian with a burning passion for the music of that country. This double CD is an outcome of his work with Hungarian folk music and is produced with the support of The Institute for Hungarian Culture in Vojvodina (Zavod za kulturu vojvođanskih Mađara). The music is what Szilard calls ‘living folk music’ where all the themes are Hungarian folk songs from Vojvodina arranged for his group assembled specifically for the project.
The title of the CD and of the first track, ‘Nem füstöl a zentaji gyár kéménye’ translates into English as ’There's no smoke coming from the chimney of Zenta’s factory’.


Szilárd MEZEI – viola, vocal (on CD1/3)
Svetlana NOVAKOVIĆ – flute, alto flute
Bogdan RANKOVIĆ – bass clarinet, alto sax, clarinet
Béla BURÁNY – baritone sax, soprano sax
Tijana STANKOVIĆ – violin
Ákos KESZÉG - violin
Branislav AKSIN – trombone
Marina DŽUKLJEV - piano
Ivan BURKA – vibraphone, marimba
Ervin MALINA – double bass
István CSÍK – drums


CD 1

1. Nem füstöl a zentaji gyár kéménye 08:07
2. Esküvőröl jövet 13:20
3. Nem zörög a levél, ha a szél nem fújja 14:47
4. Széles a Duna 08:34
5. Juhászlegény a pusztába 11:14
6. Udvaromat egy nagy árok hasítsa 08:51

CD 2

1. Nem idevaló születésű vagyok én 20:01
2. Hervad az a buza kit a kasza elvág 08:44
3. Ma menyasszony, holnap asszony 08:41
4. Esteledik, alkonyodik 08:31
5. Túl a Tiszán zöld erdőbe születtem 05:31
6. Udvaromba arany válú 11:44

Composers

All themes are Hungarian folk songs from Vojvodina
Compositions and arrangements by Szilárd Mezei

Recording details:
Date and place of recording.
Rec. 19-21. August 2015 at Kulturni Centar Novi Sad

Name of sound engineer(s) for recording and mastering.
Sound engineer for recording: Lazar Zivanac.
Mixed and mastered by Szilárd Mezei

 

Reviews

 

27/02/2017 George W. Harris

You usually don’t think of Serbia as a hotbed for jazz, but that’s where Szilard Mezei was born. He plays viola, and uses Hungarian folk songs as the basis for the twelve pieces on this two disc set. The ensemble includes reeds, woodwinds, strings, brass, vibes and a rhythm section while the pieces themselves are rich with melody, brought out and accentuated by the various artists.
The flutes and reeds are sublime on gentle themes of “Nm Zorog…” with a chamber feel during “Nem Fustol A Zentaji…” Bogdan Rankovic’s bass clarinet lurks mysteriously on “Ma Menyasszony…” and there are glorious harmonies for the flowing “Nem Idevalo…” . Pastoral vibes hover on “Eskuvorol Jovet” and Mezei delights with rich water color strokes during a charming “Szeles A Duna.” There is a rich mix of freedom from the soloists held well in the form by the strong traditional pieces. This is a delight! George W. Harris http://www.jazzweekly.com/2017/02/ringer-of-the-weekserbian-jazz-szilard-mezei-tul-a-tiszan-innen-ensemble-nem-fustol-a-zentaji-gyar-kemenye/

 

03/02/2017 Bruce Lee Gallanter

SZILÁRD MEZEI TÚL A TISZÁN INNEN ENSEMBLE - “Nem füstöl a zentaji gyár
kéménye/There’s No Smoke Coming from the Chimney of Zentra’s Factory” (Slam
579; UK) Although Serbian-born violist and composer, Szilard Mezei, seems
to keep a low profile, he has remained extremely prolific with more than two
dozen discs (including several double discs) on various labels: Leo, Not
Teo, Konnex, Ayler and Slam. Whether doing duos, trios, quartet and large
ensembles, Mr. Mezei continues to explore and expand his vision. The Tul A
Tiszan Innen Ensemble, is an eleven piece project is a moderate sized unit
with a handful of players whose names I recognize from other Mezei discs.
Like many of his previous discs, this one is based on themes from a dozen
Hungarian folk songs, all written and arranged by Mr. Mezei. I played this
disc all the way through twice on Monday (1/2/17), marveling at the hard
work that Mezei put into it.
The ensemble consists of a diverse crew: three reeds, three strings,
trombone, piano, vibes, bass & drums. After the folky opening theme, the
ensemble erupts with several waves moving independently, led by the viola,
the reeds or the vibes. Each piece features a central theme that sounds
somewhat familiar and is repeated over and over while subsections of the
band play with the themes while someone solos on top. On a song called,
“Returning from a Wedding”, the viola takes a fine solo which soon turns
into a another solo by the piano, making it difficult to tell where one
solo ends and the next one begins. Most unexpectedly, Mr. Mezei sings on a
couple of songs, in a resolute yet charming voice, like the ancient spirit
of the land, the music (mostly strings and vibes), in dream-like clouds,
haunting, enchanting… “Shepherd Lad in the Pusta” has this hypnotic
pulsating bass line that churns throughout with some long inventive,
story-telling solos from the viola and trombone. Disc one ends with a most
impressive piece, “My Yard’s Been Divided by a Trench”, with superb
ensemble writing and playing and phenomenal flute and viola interplay,
fractured bari sax, crazed marimba and frenzied strings in a later section.
There is way too much great music on these discs to describe it all here.
It is time for Szilard Mezei to get the recognition he rightly deserves as
one of the guiding lights of progress/avant/Eurojazz. - Bruce Lee
Gallanter, DMG

 

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