|Djabe - Sheafs are dancing
Released in 2003
The outstanding Hungarian representative of jazz/world
fusion music has this time mainly taken inspiration from the treasure of
Hungarian music. Barabás Tamás's and Égerházi
Attila's compositions were inspired by the paintings of the recently departed
painter, Égerházi Imre. The Alföld, Hortobágy,
the Transylvanian scenery and the other motives of Égerházi
Imre has won a music interpretation. In a new step, among the writers we
can find the names of the pianist, Kovács Zoltán along with
the violin and trumpet player, Kovács Ferenc. Sipos András,
one of the founders of the band, brings new colourful sounds on his percussions.
Banai Szilárd, the young, talented jazz drum player fits more and
more maturely to the face of Djabe. Kovács Zoltán, once again,
proves his exceptional music knowledge, this time on an acoustic piano
instead of on synthesizers. And in the case of Kovács Ferenc his
violin skills shine on this record. His characteristic, Hungarian, "Rustic
Baroque" play vitally determines the style of the CD. He is great
on the trumpet, too, as Archie Sheep claims: "... he plays the trumpet
like Miles Davis, while he is one of the best violin player of the World." Besides
the excellent bass guitar playing of Barabás Tamás we must
praise his writing, arranger and sound engineering works as well. Égerházi
Attila assembled the vision in a genuine manner together with Barabás.
His compositions and guitar playing has been fundamental again in the case
of this 2003 Djabe production.
Djabe invited several guests once more to bring The Sheafs are dancing
From among the outstanding contributors:
Steve Hackett’s guitar style adds an interesting colour to the
soundscape of this recordings.
Ben Castle uplifts the standard of the recording with
his soprano saxophone. He was previously a determining musician in the
recording of Update and Flying (DVD).
For the very first time the tabla apperead by Szalai
Péter in Djabe recordings.
Herczeg Judit is also a returning guest to the Djabe
album as a vocalist.
The CD is released in a very decorative, paper case packaging. On the
album, not only can we "listen to" the 14 paintings, but we
can also admire them in the small booklet, which goes along with it.
This album was nominated to the “Best Hungarian jazz album of
"What does Hungarian jazz sound like? Take smooth jazz played by
seven guys who look like truck drivers and dump a couple of buckets of
paprika on them. Add a little Eastern European folk sensibility, particularly
that gypsy fiddle. A packed RIJF Big Tent ate it up."
Jeff Spevak, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"It's not hard to figure out why Djabe is the leading jazz-fusion
band of Hungary. The group's music is filled with lush textures and appealing
melodies. Group member Kovács Ferenc, who has worked with David
Murray and Archie Shepp, is an excellent soloist on trumpet, flugelhorn,
"I enjoyed Djabe's music and the packaging for Sheafs are dancing
Jim Simpson, Birmingham International Jazz Festival