Artist/Composer:Elemér Balázs Quintet
 Title:Always That Moment
(P) 2000
Hungarian magazine Gramofon awarded it "Hungarian jazz album of the year, 2000".

One does not often hear jazz musicians play old hit tunes - but these five Hungarian musicians chose to "revive" the standards of Iván Szenes, Szabolcs Fényes, István Mihály, Jenő Horváth, András Bágya, the one-time big names in Hungarian light music - and went on to prove that the tunes created by these Hungarian composers have the same timeless quality and appeal as those of their world-famous American contemporaries.

01. The Best Moment Is Always That Moment
(István Mihály - Szabolcs Fényes)
02. No Mercy
(Jenő Sándor - Imre Füredi)
03. Who Knows If You'll See Me Again
(István Mihály - Szabolcs Fényes)
04. Happiness And I
(András Bágya - Iván Szenes)
05. The Longest Day
(Iván Szenes)
06. Deadly Spring
(Tibor Polgár - Zoltán Nadányi)
07. I Take The Backstreets To See You
(Jenő Horváth - Rudolf Halász)
08. Madly In Love
(Iván Szenes - Szabolcs Fényes)

 Total time: 61:41
Mihály Dresch - tenor sax, sopran sax, furugla
Csaba Tűzkő - tenor sax
Gábor Juhász - guitars
János Egri - double bass
Elemér Balázs - drums (drum sticks: Csibi, drum set: Dubán)
Production notes:
Rearrangement of track 3, 5 by Elemér Balázs; 2, 4 by Csaba Tűzkő;
1, 8 by Elemér Balázs and Csaba Tűzkő; 4, 7 by the Elemér Balázs Quintet
Recorded at the Tom-Tom Studio, Hungary
Recording producer: Kálmán Oláh
Sound engineer: Péter Rozgonyi
Mastering: Sándor Nyíri
Cover photo: István Huszti
Portrait photo: Jackie Peagues
Design: ArtHiTech

Producer by László Gőz

The recording was sponsored by the Hungarian Soros Foundation and the National Cultural Fund of Hungary.

Special thanks to Kálmán Oláh, József Balázs, Kinga Szabó, Botond Bognár, András Mohai, Dezső Dubán, Zoltán Kiss, Ferenc Fésüs and to all the musicians involved.

Martin Ellenbruch - My Way (ger)
H. Magyar Kornél - Gramofon (hu)
Czabán György Körfűrész - Magyar Narancs (hu)
Komlós József Jr. - (hu)

Click on the image for higher resolution!Standard. In the dictionary this word means something set up as a rule for a measuring or as a model to be followed. According to a different meaning it stands for a figure adopted as an emblem by a people, or the flag. In jazz this means a well-proven repertory coming from the outside, mainly from the realm of popular music. Jazz musicians use this material since the first initiations of Louis Armstrong in the twenties. The list starts from Cole Porter with the Gershwin brothers, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, through the composers of the prevailing superstars like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, to the pop music of these days.
Hungarian light music is also in possession of this musical layer, although our jazz musicians used it rather infrequently, preferring American composers. These five Hungarian musicians have chosen the standards of Iván Szenes, Szabolcs Fényes, István Mihály, Jenô Horváth, András Bágya, the elité of Hungarian light music as basis of their performance;
proving that Hungarian composers created music equal in value to that of their world famous American contemporaries; although these pieces were written some decades ago, they still have something to tell today.

Károly Friedrich