Syrius — Rock Koncertek A Magyar Radio Archivumabol
(Premier Art Records PAR97105, 1975/1997, CD)
by Mike Grimes, Published 2000-05-01
As best I can tell (my Hungarian is a little rusty) this release is an archive recording from 1975 that was originally a Hungarian radio broadcast. The band has a "big band" line-up, complete with a four-piece horn section, bass guitar, Fender Rhodes, drums, vocals, and congas. The music is a blend of early 70s rock, funk, TV show theme, and jazz. The vocalist is a graduate of TJVI – the Tom Jones Vocal Institute (Hungarian Branch Campus). And I mean that in a good way. Much of the music is instrumental, but when the vocals are present, they're solid and fit the music perfectly. The music... well it's remarkably good too. All the instrumentalists take plenty of solos and each player is more than competent. The Fender Rhodes keyboard player is especially impressive. He (at least I think it's a "he") is just super-bad! In a James Brown kind of way. The funk aspects of the music are what stand out as highlight-reel material. The grooves are there. The solos shred. Owww!! Dude, forget watching Hawaii Five-O repeats for that radical 70s funk, break out the Syrius! This is some great stuff.
Related artist(s): Syrius
RIP Jon Hassell – Influential composer and trumpet player Jon Hassell died on June 26 after over a year of health issues. Starting in the late 70s, his music helped redefine what music could sound like, bringing together influences from around the world with modern technology. Fourth World, Vol 1: Possible Musics, his 1980 collaboration with Brian Eno, was a kind of mission statement that showed the way for many composers and musicians who would follow. Hassell was 84. » Read more
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be released as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more