Daniel Szabo is a rarity, an artist that can transcend the norms of improvisational music with the discipline of the classical with a unique harmonic vision and lyrical enlightenment.
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
A Song From There is the third release from Daniel Szabo and his first trio recording. Never one to mince words my initial reaction would be it is not if but when Szabo gets a shot at what is left of the traditional major record labels. The kicker here is that Daniel Szabo is far from traditional in the conventional sense of improvisational music. The wheelhouse here is firmly grounded in classical studies while embracing a captivating sense of impressionistic lyricism in his compositions. A dynamic hybrid that many would inadvertently place in the chamber music or third stream classification transcends the boundaries of arbitrary tags to become one of the more cutting edge performance artists in years.
The piano trio has shown minimal growth in recent years yet there is an amazing influx of Eastern-European artists that are opening the format up to a more globally influenced vision of ambient harmonic movement. The trio is more than complemented by the finesse of drummer Peter Erskine and the lyrical impressionistic movement of bassist Edward Livingston. There is a quiet if not methodical precision to Szabo's performance. A deft touch combined with an innate ability to manipulate the notes with a zen like approach that embodies a minimalistic approach while always reaching for that melodic brass ring.
The myriad of influences that make up A Song From There would almost be a certain train wreck in the hands of a less proficient artist. There is no one overriding influence but a most unique marriage of genres, cultures and an amazing lyrical synergy that permeates this most impressive trio. Born in Hungary and currently residing on the west coast in the U.S., this most auspicious recording should have pianists across the globe on notice. While an artist is only as creative as he or she feels the need, to move past the traditional into new realms of lyrical exploration is indeed a good thing.
Tracks: Hun-Fro Blues; Kids' Dance (Dedicated to Aron and Julia); Eastynato; A Song From There; Barbaro Con Brio (Homage a Bela Bartok); I Crooned It Before; Hun-Fro Blues - Alternate Take.
Special Thanks To Michael Bloom of Michael Bloom Media Relations