Pannon Jazz BSIN02315997 (CD + Booklet, Discography)
Dudas, Lajos - The Jubilee Box (Unissued & Rare Recordings) (Limited Edition)
He has playing everything - all the way from Swing through Bebop, Jazz-Rock and Fusion to Free-Jazz and so-called E-Music. He showed his infallible musical instinct as "fore-taster" of Ethno-Music, especially at a time when that development was by no means an accepted side-dish on the trolley of musical delicacies. Curiosity about the new, the untested, runs like a golden thraed through the by-now 40-year career of Lajos Dudas.
And yet as frontiersman crossing the borders of style he has always remained wondertully true to himself. He never ever sounds like an imitator - on the contrary: with an instinctive sureness of touch he combines his musical statement with the given material, and the result is pure excitement. Excitement that leads to only one conclusion: Lajos Dudas graces every stage he sets, foot on.
40 years' experience of pertorming and 60 years' experience of life - time to look back - for Dudas himself especially - on a long musical journey. He regards his feeling now for Mainstream Jazz as a challenge. And yet who knows what the next point of departure will be? The only certainly is that nothing is certain.
(Translated by Robert Hughes)
13 Tracks (incl. 4 World Premier Recordings). Recorded 1962-1990s.
1. The Beginning – The 60s/70s – Lajos Dudas, Saxplayer
2. Lajos Dudas Live – The 80s
3. Some Radio Recordings – The 80s/90s
I would like express my thanks to my parents and my wife Reni, for their love and patience; to all the great musicians who were such on inspiration to me; to the journalists and producers for their support, objectivity and fairness, especially Gudrun Endress, Joe Kienemann, Berthold Klostermann, Reinhard Köchl, Manfred Niehaus, Claus Raumberger, Helmut Schwanen, Werner Wunderlich; to Wim van Eyle(Holland), Max Harrison (London), Milo Fine (USA), Klaus Schulz (Vienna); to the sound engineer Ansgar Ballhorn, Volker Dueck and the Sunny Moon Team; to all the fine musians, for playing with me: Janos, Ali, Kurt, Toscho, Philipp ... Attila ... Julius Pischl and Oliver Slota for their help and friendship ... A special thanks to Geza Gabor Simon for his enthusiasm and hard work.
"He is sensitiv, inventiv and can really Swing."
Cadence, New York
"Dudas with his conservatory-honed technique, superb tone and sharp imagination is among the best I contemporary jazz clarinetists."
JAZZ, The Magazine, London
"Schon nach wenigen Tonen weiss man: Dieser Mann zahlt zu den besten Jazz-Klarinettisten all er Zeiten.
"Die lassige Eleganz, mit der Ungar seine Klarinette singen lasst und die melancholische Warme seines Tons beweisen Weltklasse."
"Endlich wieder eine moderne Jazz-Klarinette, die anzuh6ren sich lohnt."
Hör Zu, Hamburg
"Lajos Dudas is obviously a first-rate clarinetists, the level of his playing is extremely high."
Artie Shaw, Los Angeles