Reviews that mention Milan Aleksić

July 22, 2011

Szilárd Mezei Octet

Tönk
SLAM CD 521

Szilárd Mezei Ensemble

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NotTwo MW 818-2

Szilárd Mezei Szabad Quartet

Februári Fodári Fodöntés

NoBusiness LP28

Chronologically – at least in terms of released discs – musical polymath and violist Szilárd Mezei seems to be drawing closer to Jazz-influenced music. That’s doesn’t mean that his compositions are less reflective of the mixture of improvised, notated and folkloric sounds he has uniquely made his own over the past couple of decades, or are shifting one way or another. , It’s just that the saxophonist in the quartet session that makes up the most recent (2008) release by this Serbian-born member of that multi-ethnic country’s Hungarian minority not only plays unabashed Free Jazz, but has the space on Februári Fodári Fodöntés to do so. MORE

March 6, 2009

Szilárd Mezei Quintet

As You
Ayler Records aylDL-071

Szilárd Mezei Quintet

Cerkno

Leo Records CD LR 503

Szilárd Mezei Ensemble

Nád/Reed

Red Toucan RT 9335

Someone who consistently proves his skill as a first class composer, inventive arranger and memorable soloist, Szilárd Mezei is fast becoming one of the most accomplished modern musicians in Eastern Europe.

Serbian-born, but a member of that country’s Hungarian minority, the 35-year-old Mezei plays viola, violin plus local folk instruments and writes compositions that slither among improvisation, notation and folkloric echoes. Mezei leads different ensembles, composes for the theatre and has worked with musicians ranging from American pianist Michael Jefrey Stevens to French bassist Joëlle Léandre, MORE