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The Attila Fias Trio's debut album is entitled "Stories" - a spirited fusion of modern jazz with various
ethnic influences such as Brazilian, Indian and Hungarian as well as touches of Classical and
Electronica music. Attila Fias has drawn on his multi-faceted background and created 10 compositions (stories)
that are rhythmically exciting, descriptive and musical.
The pieces range from "Samba Para Nos" and "Urban Life" which are Brazilian jazz inspired,
to "Colours" and "Voyage To Victoria" which are more straight ahead jazz tunes. The two pensive
ballads "A Little Melancholy (Can Be Nice)" and "Hungarian Vignette" offer beautiful melodies and
moody harmonies with sparkling piano improvisations. The three "Growth Cycle" pieces are the most
experimental compositions on the album. Exploring unusual rhythms and harmonies while still
incorporating elements of swing and funk and completely free improvisational sections, the trio seems to read
each other's thoughts. The album is eclectic, but feels unified by a common musical spirit. Attila's unique melodic
and harmonic language is sophisticated, catchy and interesting all the way through, complemented beautifully
by the bass and drums.
The CD receives airplay in Toronto on Jazz-FM and nationwide on CBC radio, and gets very positive
"Fias' sophisticated playing, classical influences and penchant for shifting
rhythms recall Dave Brubeck, while the irreverence and skilled group
improvisation evoke The Bad Plus."
-The Toronto Star
"..this pianist possesses, in addition to manifold chops, a
desire to spring his music from the confines of traditional
songwriting. Challenging rhythmic structures...relentlessly
playful...stunning piano work"
"...fiery...hews close to mainstream's core but he
incorporates rich, rolling rhythms...and sometimes dips
craftily into free jazz..."
-The WholeNote Magazine
-Hour Magazine (Montreal)
Album only: $14.97
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