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ANTHOLOGY - Various Artists CAT. NO: CS-35
Rare Jazz/Fusion Gems From Hungarian Vaults vol. 1 FORMAT: CD / LP
compiled by Tom Wieland
£8.50 + VAT

£8.50 + VAT
© 2005, (P) COSMIC SOUNDS

This is the 8TH in a row from the Rare Gems series and for the first time we have an external compiler. No wonder because Tom Wieland has gained the reputation of an expert for this region and especially Hungary where he goes several times a year both to play and to chase rare records. Here we should also mention his Hungarian contacts and friends Keyser and Shuriken who have helped him in this research and who have compiled the second volume of Hungarian Rare Gems.
On volume one Tom mostly went for the 60s tunes with a lot of modality and no doubt he was digging really deep for them. The opening track by famous Hungarian bass player Aladar Pege is not from Hungary but from the extremely rare Czechoslovakian 7”. Although there is a Hungarian version of the same track (but also Yugoslavian and Bulgarian) we went for this one thinking that this one had better energy (check the percussion). Here included is another fast driving floor-filler track by Pege from his Hungaroton album. The other tune that could be considered the odd one out would be Grencsó Kollektíva’s track that is taken from their 1999 CD and – despite its obscurity - is not
considered “rarity” but this is your first chance to have it on vinyl. All other tracks were taken from the infamous 60s series MODERN JAZZ ANTHOLOGY on Hungarian state label Qualiton that really represented the best of Hungarian jazz and no wonder they became sought after and quite expensive in collectors circles. Tom went through all of them for you and here you’ll find his selection, the best of it. All in all another treasure chest full of rare gems worth preserving in your collection.
Tom presents T.E.E. radio that is broadcast in Hungary and 6 other countries. Archived at :
SAMUARAI FM


ALSO PLAYLISTED BY:

MICHAEL RÜTTEN @ soulpatrol
DAVID BASSIN @ free fall
ROBERT LOCHMANN @ radio x
TATOMIR@transglobal jazzlounge
JAZZMATE @ balanço
CRISTIANO SPILLATI @ searching
DJ BNX @ zimpala
DOM SERVINI @ wah wah 45s
TOSHIO MATSUURA @ shibuya fm
BGYSS @ b-92
SIMONE @ jazz it up!!!
DJ BEN G @ righton-fm
GILLES PETERSON @ worldwide
BRIAN TURNER @ WFMU
ALAN GUBBY @ nannytango
FRED BNX @ zimpala

01
PEGE TRIÓ - Dalia 
6'08
02
MARTA SZIRMAI & QUALITON JAZZ ENSEMBLE - Night & Day
7'08
03
PEGE QUINTET- Baby Car (Játékautó) 5'44
04
BÁLINT ENSEMBLE  - Afro Cubano
4'56
05
LDL ENSEMBLE  - Hungarian Folksongs 6'13
06
GARAY ENSEMBLE - Dried Up From The Lake*** 6'30
07 STÚDIÓ 11 - Theme Of Ahmad Jamal 4'54
08 CSABA DESEŐ ENSEMBLE - Behind The Csitári Mountains
6'45
09 STÚDIÓ 11 - Bled 66 *** 6'15
10
GRENCSÓ KOLLEKTÍVA - Járom az utam 4'40
11
CSABA DESEŐ ENSEMBLE - Song For My Father
6'20


*** CD only bonus tracks 



REVIEWS: PLACE YOUR OWN REVIEW

SIMON HARRISON @ basic soul
excellent as always. Played them out and of course the heads came running :-)

SAMMY GOULBOURNE @ the other side
Someone’s upset the nice folks at Cosmic Sounds, cos they’re about to open 2 cans of Hungarian ‘whoopass’ on an unsuspecting public! These tracks easily equal and in some ways surpass tracks on those first Cosmic Sounds 'Rare Gems' compilations - and make no mistake, they were massive! Just try and stop me playing all the tracks…
ENNIO STYLES @ stylin'
Lots of my favourite Hungarian jazz tunes on these, and plenty more that I've never heard before. I should just give these tracklistings to my Hungarian record dealer as a wants list! Tom Wieland and the Crate Soul Brothers prove themselves to be deep collectors as well as great producers and DJs. I've played quite a few of these tunes on Stylin now: Theme of Ahmed Jamal, Behind the Csitari Mountains, Kemenysepro and Bamba.

PAUL GAMBLIN @ black & blue
We have just barely touched the surface in finding and acquiring beautiful music from planet Earth.  It is always a pleasure to be diggin' and discover or unearth a gem from a country that you know little about, or how the music (in this case Jazz - Latin/Soulful/Funky Jazz folks) played such a crucial part in releasing a feeling of "free expression" that you and I probably always took for granted.  Listen to these two albums, check how some of the standards and classics we love, are interpreted, changed and rearranged - again.  These cats from Hungry had somethin' going on back in the day and I'm seriously grateful to be hearing these artists for the first time
PICADILY RECORDS
Les Gammas' Tom Wieland delves into past of the unsung of Hungarian jazz scene with this excellent compilation of mainly 60s rareness on London's Cosmic Sounds. Featuring crazed pianists, scat singing on the Qualition Jazz Ensemble's cover of Cole Porter's "Night & Day", an Eastern European take on Afro-Cuban jazz and a calm, lyrical render of Harold Silver's classic "Song For My Father", there's plenty to discover.
GERRY HECTIC @ fly.co.uk
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JAZZ MAN @ jazzfusion.co.uk
The excelent Hungarian jazz scene with this compilation of mainly 60s rareness on London's Cosmic Sounds. Great stuff, keep it coming. Jazz Man



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