VIKTOR TÓTH

Post Bop / Post-Fusion Contemporary / Hard Bop / Eclectic Fusion / 21st Century Modern • Hungary
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Viktor ​​Toth ​is one of the most versatile figures in Hungarian jazz. Through his music, Toth can express himself as a rambunctious post-bop virtuoso (for example, in the Toth Viktor Tercett) or as a spiritual guide for the soul as in the Arura Trio." said the press when reviewing his 2007 Climbing with Mountains, which, incidentally, won best jazz album of the same year. His newest album, called the Present won the best jazz album in 2014. Viktor Tóth earned the title jazzman of the year 2010 also in 201​5​. Despite this, he still sees himself as a truth seeker and with his musical endeavors seeks to reach oneness with universal harmony. In 2010 he published the album Tartim and in 2011 Popping Bopping album came out. As Toth has played with such internationally renowned musicians as Hamid Drake (drums), Henry Franklin (bass), William Parker (bass) John Betsch (drums) Piotr read more...
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VIKTOR TÓTH Tercett album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tercett
Post Bop 2005
VIKTOR TÓTH Climbing with Mountains album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Climbing with Mountains
Hard Bop 2007
VIKTOR TÓTH Tartim album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tartim
Post Bop 2009
VIKTOR TÓTH Have No Fear album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Have No Fear
21st Century Modern 2020

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VIKTOR TÓTH Tóth / Maris / Szandai / Ikiz : popping bopping album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tóth / Maris / Szandai / Ikiz : popping bopping
Post Bop 2011
VIKTOR TÓTH Viktor Tóth Arura Trio : Szemed kincse / The Present album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Viktor Tóth Arura Trio : Szemed kincse / The Present
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2014
VIKTOR TÓTH Tóth Viktor Tercett feat. Gareth Williams : But Inside album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tóth Viktor Tercett feat. Gareth Williams : But Inside
Post Bop 2017
VIKTOR TÓTH Viktor Tóth & Mahasimbadavi Players : Lamu album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Viktor Tóth & Mahasimbadavi Players : Lamu
Eclectic Fusion 2018

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VIKTOR TÓTH Viktor Tóth & Mahasimbadavi Players : Lamu

Live album · 2018 · Eclectic Fusion
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Jazz and rap coming together should be no surprise to anyone. Jazz musicians have been rapping since the turn of the previous century, Louis Jordan was known for his hip poetry and so was Duke Ellington, which brings us to this outstanding rap/jazz fusion CD from Viktor Toth’s Mahasimbadvi Players titled “Lamu”. Toth’s players are an international group that features Toth on sax, Bart Maris on trumpet, Simple One on lyrics and poetry, Matyas Szandi on bass and Hamid Drake and David Hodek on drums. Does anything sound more jazz than a boppin alto sax and trumpet front line. Toth and Maris’ energetic harmonies and unisons recall similar classic frontlines like Diz and Bird, Ornette and Don Cherry, and Dolphy and Booker Little. The Mahasimbadvi rhythm section provides kinetic support, often with African and Afro-Brazilian grooves, but also with forays into hip-hop and funk. The way in which this ensemble can combine an earthy backbone with avant-garde tendencies may remind some of The Art Ensemble of Chicago or The World Saxophone Quartet.

The make or break for this album is the rapping of Simple One, who comes through by perfectly balancing his role with the other musicians. If you were afraid that the rapping would dominate this recording, rest assured your fears are unwarranted. In fact, I found myself wishing Simple One had been given a little more room to go off. The man has a beautiful flow that is very syncopated and just as rhythmically complex as his fellow musicians. His word play is both thoughtful and humorous and holds up well to repeated listens. If you know your classic hip-hop than you will recognize when Simple One pulls out an old Q Tip audience call and response, “Can I Kick It …”, which the audience gladly calls back on. During some of his raps the horn players pull out Herbie Hancock’s modernized intro to “Watermelon Man”, which provides a very Africanized backdrop for our MC. Speaking of MC, Simple One also plays the part of the classic ‘emcee’ by giving props to the musicians and providing some humorous interplay with the audience. The musicians also get plenty of space to go off with solos and interlocking group rhythms. Toth has a hard edged alto sound that recalls Steve Coleman and Jackie McLean, and Bart Maris takes a very no gimmicks approach to the trumpet that recalls the aforementioned Booker Little, as well as Marquis Hill.

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