THINGS featuring TONY LAKATOS
Blues for the Last Punk
Tony Lakatos saxophone
Attila László guitar
Zoltán Csanyi keyboards
Béla Lattmann bass
János Solti drums
Kornél Horváth percussion
Chistmas under the Palms
Brand new Wave
Martin and the Kangaroo
A Man and his Soul
Blues for the last Punk
Donald Duck’s Party
Total time: 53.00
The group, consisting of leading European jazz-musicians, was formed in
1985. All members used to play traditional jazz and rock music and are
now endeavouring to bring jazz and popular music closer together. In
their programme they play compositions by Tony Lakatos, Attila László
and Zoltán Csanyi. The orchestral part of this recording was done in
1987 at the Hungarian Radio.
Tony Lakatos was born in Budapest in 1958. He finished his studies in
1978 at the Béla Bartók Professional Music School of the jazz faculty,
where he is now teaching. He has taken part in practically all forms of
Hungarian jazz since the mid-seventies. He has participated in many
international festivals, performing with his own group or with musicians
such as Kenny Wheeler, Art Farmer, Toto Blanke, Jasper van’t Hof,
Joachim Kühn, Charlie Mariano, Peter Herbolzheimer. Due to his
individual style, he is now one of the leading European saxophonists.
Eastern Europe is moving towards the West – also musically. The
International of jazz musicians has long transcended the boundaries of
individual countries or systems.
It is impossible to imagine Germany’s music scene without them, the
jazzmen from Hungary. Names like Attila Zoller (guitar) or Aladar Pege
(bass) have the best swinging sound the world over. The established
newcomer Tony Lakatos has also made a name for himself in the past few
years, especially in Toto Blanke’s and Jasper van’t Hof’s groups.
Whether in clubs or at festivals, he has proved himself again and again
to be a reliable partner and an exciting improviser.
Jazzpoint now presents a recording of this saxophonist playing in the
Hungarian capital with five of his compatriots. Budapest is, from the
point of view of style, quite close to New York (and its European
offshoots): harsh rhythms, sophisticated sound, compact arrangements. At
first, the sound pattern is dominated by electronics – associations
with the contemporary musical ideal of Miles Davis are inevitable. But
before the music declines into mechanical sterility TONY LAKATOS’
expressive saxophone comes through to set a masterly counterpoint. It is
this tension between rock-rhythmic precision and musical liberty in the
improvisations that makes this record so intriguing.
All the musicians know their craft. This is, of course, no wonder,
considering that Hungary is the model of (early) music education in
schools. Nor do they abandon their feeling for their own temperamental
folk music. Incorporation, further development, fusion: this is good old
blues to convince even the very last punk....
But don’t let the title scare you, fans. BLUES FOR THE LAST PUNK is, of
course, not blues but solid rock, not without an element of
thouhtfullness, sometimes coming close to melancholia sustained
synthesizer notes provide a fitting contrast in mood.
Rock is the dominant factor on this record, but not the dull, monotonous
thuddering of steamhammers. The sextet from the Puszta are masters of
the art of variety.
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