One of the more striking revelations from the astronauts who pioneered into space is that they were ultimately more in awe of home, Earth, than the moon or stars. Similarly, Daniel Szabo ventured to America, the Land of the Free and home to Jazz, only to rediscover his love for Hungary — its musical riches — his home. In the best tradition of third stream exploration, Szabo has created a magnum opus deserving of the title and accolade “Visionary.”
This album, recorded in April of 2018 at The Bridge Studio in Glendale, California, was written for a unique instrumentation combining woodwind sextet with string quartet and jazz rhythm section. In “Visionary,” Szabo features an outstanding line-up of musicians and such as Sara Andon, Bob Sheppard, Kim Richmond and Edwin Livingston. Szabo composed, arranged and orchestrated all of the pieces and played the piano. The pieces were conducted by Timothy Williams. The style of this new repertoire shows a blend of jazz, classical and film music idioms, robustly American yet genetically Hungarian. This is the sweetest fusion music I’ve played.
-Peter Erskine, Fuzzy Music