July 15, 2007

Hermann Szobel - Hermann Szobel (1976, CD, Usa / Austria)

Hermann Szobel is/was a pianist and composer. He produced and recorded one album, titled "Szobel," at the age of 18, demonstrating, in the words of a "Down Beat" reviewer (9 September 1976), "a conception and technique far in advance of most musicians twice his age." According to the artist biography included with promotional copies of the album, Szobel was born in Vienna in 1958 and was "a child prodigy who began his classical training at the age of six" who "spent the majority of his practicing hours on pieces by Chopin." The bio states that pianists Martial Solal and Keith Jarrett were two major influences on his work. Szobel is a nephew of the late rock-concert promoter Bill Graham. "Szobel" features extremely complicated compositions comparable to those of Frank Zappa. The music is jazz-based but contains elements of rock and Western classical music. Szobel's impressive piano virtuosity is noticeable throughout the album. The other musicians on "Szobel" are Michael Visceglia on bass, Bob Goldman on drums, Dave Samuels on percussion including marimba and vibraphone, and Vadim Vyadro on tenor sax, clarinet, and flute. Obscure even when it was released (on Arista Records) in 1976, "Szobel" does not exist on CD. Hermann Szobel disappeared from the music world after this album and has never been heard from again. (wikipedia)
Fantastic powerfull mixture of progressive jazz close to the Zappa jazz-rock 'era' with complex textures harmonic of rare beauty and intensity.
Personnel: Hermann Szobel (piano, writer/arrangements main performer), Bob Goldman (drums), Michael Visceglia (bass), Dave Samuels (percussion, marimba, vibraphone), Vadim Vyadro (clarinet, sax, flute).
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Betelgeuse said...

ciao!ho visto che hai gia postato roba interessante...in bocca al lupo per il blog!!

predico said...

Grazie!! ...e ricordo che il blog ha da esistere solo se viene supportato, anche semplicemente con dei piccoli commenti o meglio se collaborando nelle proposte musicali... io posso anche avere molte cose interessanti ma non ho tutto... Ogni aiuto รจ ben acceto. Ciao

Marc said...


Would you kindly repost a working link?

- Marc

PE_35 said...

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