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Cold Cherry Soup

Artist: Arnie Somogyi

Date of Release: 01/01/2001

Catalogue no: 594

Label: Forged Records

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

Alvin - Tony Lakatos

2

 

The Thumb - Arnie Somogyi

3

 

Beacon Hill - Arnie Somogyi

4

 

Vintage - Tony Lakatos

5

 

Going Home - trad. arr. Arnie Somogyi

6

 

Hati-Kata - trad. arr. Arnie Somogyi

7

 

Kovalam - Tony Lakatos

8

 

Vlad's Hot Bad - Arnie Somogyi

9

 

The Peacocks - Jimmy Rowles - Memory Lane Music Ltd

 

 

 

 

BBC's Jazz 'Pick of the Month' - Cold Cherry Soup British jazz bassist Arnie Somogyi's debut album, Cold Cherry Soup, has just been selected as 'Pick of the Month' by BBC Music Magazine in its August 2001 issue. "Somogyi is a virtuoso British bassist from the younger generation. This is a beautiful album.' says Ian Carr, BBC reviewer and biographer of Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett.

This album is an accident. It began as an idea about a fly-on-the-windscreen documentary for BBC Radio 4 on what it's like to tour jazz in the emerging cultures of Eastern Europe. It was also a personal story. To trace back Arnie Somogyi's family roots - five generations - to a small town in Transylvania called Segesvar.

The title of the album, Cold Cherry Soup, is a traditional Hungarian dish that Arnie remembers vividly from his first and only previous visit to the region as a child of 12 - a tasty mix of ingredients, ideas, improvisation and strong drink! Coincidentally, Segesvar is also the birth-place of Bram Stoker's inspiration - Vlad Dracul, the Impaler. A man who really knew how to bite a cherry. Along the way the music and the story took on a life of its own. This is the result.

The CD features Arnie Somogyi - double bass, Tony Lakatos - saxophones, Zsolt Bende - guitar, Liam Noble - piano, Winston Clifford - drums. Arranged and composed by Arnie Somogyi and internationally-renowned Hungarian saxophonist Tony Lakatos, the music was first played in the Summer of 2000 at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club and at the Hungarian Double Millennium celebrations at the Millennium Dome in London. It was recorded the following week in a stunning 6-hour session at Red Gables Studio in West London - capturing all the energy and spontaneity of a live set - and later mastered by Chris Lewis in deepest Sussex. The story behind the music is scheduled for a BBC Radio 4 half-hour documentary on March 15th, and will feature on BBC Radio 3 in February and on the BBC World Service. Cold Cherry Soup is released on Arnie's new label - Forged Records.

 

Reviews

 

02/04/2001 Ronnie Scott's House Magazine April/March issue

" First CD as leader for jazz bass player and composer, Arnie Somogyi - acclaimed as one of Britain's top bass players and currently on tour with Omar in Paris, London, Tokyo etc."

 

02/04/2001 Kenny Mathieson, Jazzwise, April 2001

"constantly absorbing..polished, imaginative, high quality jazz ..."

 

01/02/2001 Chris Parker, Feb 2001

"Stormingly powerful but capable of an almost reverent delicacy … a consistently lively, imaginative and - most important - unequivocally enjoyable album."

 

01/01/2001 Jim Mullen

"A cracking quintet - recorded after a storming season - a fine debut".

 

01/01/2001 Philip Clark, Jazz Review

"There is a natural exuberance to this music..stunning..a great debut".

 

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