Dresch Quartet (HUN)
Mihály Dresch is one of the most influential nurturers of a fertile fusion between folk music and jazz. Oriented towards his Central-European legacy, Dresch never forgets his equally powerful jazz roots. The tenor- and soprano-saxophonist – who also loves to play on his self-developed instrument called ‘fuhun’ – has recorded an album with Archie Shepp, the significant American sax player of the 60’s jazz tradition (Hungarian Bebop, BMC Records, 2002). On this magnificient album they fuse Hungarian folk heritage with the freedom of Afro-American jazz. Dresch does the same with Chris Potter, the virtuoso of the middle generation of American jazz, with whom he plays regulary, and released a common album in 2016 (Zea, BMC Records). In spite of these international collaborations, Dresch is not a person who strives for fame. For him, music is prayer, and he wouldn’t be able to live without it. His ensemble – with the well-known cimbalom player, Miklós Lukács, the young and talented doublebass player, Marcell Gyányi, and the impulsive drummer, László Csízi – melds tuneful melodies with Hungarian folk, dirge-like balladry, hyper-mode bop and progressive jazz, via an uplifting mode of operations amid high-flying motifs and buoyant storylines. Their unique music speaks to the heart and the feet at the same time.