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Jazz Rock/Fusion • Hungary


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One of most popular Hungarian (and Central European) jazz-rock-world fusion bands, Djabe was founded in 1995 by guitarist/composer Égerházi Attila and percussionist András Sipos (both from Novus Jam, jazz-fusion band). Djabe plays music in which the elements of jazz are mixed with various parts of Hungarian and world music. Their concerts have been the most spectacular Hungarian jazz concert productions since 1997. The band has been working for 7 years with the peak of the intelligent lights, the Vari*Lite lighting technology. The stunning lighting has been completed by several spectacle elements during the last years. The band worked with dancers, they used laser and video projection, where they showed animations and films prepared for the compositions. Djabe has always been famous for applying the most modern technical solutions foreshadowing progress on their releases and concerts. Djabe's concerts had the real 5.1 surround sound for the very first time in Hungary, the band could also be heard from the background loudspeakers. During their tour in 2003 the projecting and surround live sound were controlled by computers. According to the Stereo High End Magazine if there is a High End in concert sounds, then it is Djabe's concert.

The main composer of the band is Tamás Barabás, who - at the same time - is the most virtuoso Hungarian bass guitarist. Jazz and authentic Hungarian music are simultaneously present in the art of Ferenc Kovács. According to Archie Shepp, who worked with Ferenc Kovács on several occasions he is one of the best violin players in the world and in the meantime plays the trumpet like Miles Davis. He also worked with David Murray and Hamid Drake many times. The pianist, Zoltán Kovács is playing on the synthesizers, too, his colourful play increases the standards of Djabe's performance on a large scale. The percussionist and singer András Sipos, co-founder of the band died in 2007. He is also the eponym of the band. Djabe means freedom in the African Ashanti language. The other composer of the band is Attila Égerházi - playing the guitar and being the leader of the band, too -, who interprets this freedom primarily by freely mixing the styles and instruments. Djabe's drummer, Szilárd Banai is one of the most talented Hungarian jazz drummers, his reliable and musical play gives the best possible rhythmic background of the band.



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DJABE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.95 | 3 ratings
Djabe
1996
4.00 | 3 ratings
Witchi Tai To
1998
3.10 | 2 ratings
Ly-O-Lay Ale Loya
1999
4.05 | 3 ratings
Update
2001
4.33 | 3 ratings
Táncolnak a kazlak / Sheafs are Dancing
2003
4.50 | 2 ratings
Életképek / Slices of Life
2005
5.00 | 1 ratings
Köszönjük, Sipi!
2007
4.50 | 2 ratings
Take On
2008
5.00 | 2 ratings
Down And Up
2012
2.50 | 4 ratings
Forward
2014

DJABE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

5.00 | 1 ratings
Tour 2000
2000
5.00 | 1 ratings
Unplugged at the New Orleans
2003
5.00 | 1 ratings
Gödöllő - 2001. június 23.
2004
5.00 | 1 ratings
Tájak
2006
3.10 | 2 ratings
Message from the Road
2007
3.10 | 2 ratings
Sipi benefit concert (feat. Steve Hackett)
2009
3.09 | 4 ratings
Djabe special guest Steve Hackett: In the Footsteps of Attila and Genghis
2011
3.00 | 2 ratings
Djabe (special guest Steve Hackett) - Summer Storms And Rocking Rivers
2013

DJABE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

5.00 | 1 ratings
Witchi Tai To Tour
1999
5.00 | 1 ratings
Flying
2002
5.00 | 1 ratings
Sheafs were dancing
2006
2.14 | 2 ratings
Sipi Benefit Concert (featuring Steve Hackett) (DVD)
2009
5.00 | 2 ratings
Djabe 15 - 15th Anniversary Concert
2011
4.00 | 2 ratings
Slices of Live - Concert DVD
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Down And Up - Live in Budapest
2013

DJABE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Goes to festivals
2005

DJABE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Lay-A-Loya
1999
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Erre táncolnak a kazlak
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Slovakia 2002
2003

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 Djabe special guest Steve Hackett: In the Footsteps of Attila and Genghis by DJABE album cover Live, 2011
3.09 | 4 ratings

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Djabe special guest Steve Hackett: In the Footsteps of Attila and Genghis
Djabe Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Last Train To Budapest

Djabe is a Jazz-Rock/World-Fusion band from Hungary that on several occasions have collaborated with Steve Hackett of Genesis fame. Being a huge fan of Hackett, I was curious to hear his collaborations with this obscure Hungarian group which I first did on the live concert DVD called Sipi Benefit Concert which I reviewed some four years ago. In The Footsteps Of Attila And Genghis is my second encounter with Djabe. This too is a live recording which again features Steve Hackett performing on stage with the band. What especially caught my attention this time was not only Hackett's participation in the proceedings, but the presence of several familiar Hackett numbers in the set list including two from his Genesis days.

After an opening Djabe number we are first treated to Steve's amazing trademark guitar solo from Firth Of Fifth. A couple of further good Jazz-Rock numbers follow before we Hacketteers get to hear another familiar piece in The Steppes originally from Steve's fourth solo album Defector. This oriental-sounding number is perfect for Djabe and is enhanced with trumpet and violin to great effect. What comes next is admittedly not much to my liking, a percussion solo that goes on for much too long for my taste and tends to get very boring. Some of the other numbers as well are too long for their own good and involves too much improvisation. But also some nice, memorable moments, especially if Jazz-Rock and World-Fusion is your thing. In my case, it is not really my cup of tea, but I enjoy it in limited doses.

The second disc of this double live album also contains two Hackett numbers in Last Train To Istanbul from Steve's recent solo album Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth and the Genesis piece In That Quiet Earth. The former features Steve on lead vocals and works very well here as it also (like the instrumental The Steppes) has an oriental sound that is perfect for Djabe. In That Quiet Earth is another of Steve's trademark pieces and is performed here in a slightly jazzed-up version featuring trumpet.

Compared to the aforementioned DVD Sipi Benefit Concert, In The Footsteps Of Attila And Genghis is clearly a lot more interesting for fans of Steve Hackett. Unlike on the DVD there are no acoustic Hackett performances on this album, but a lot more of familiar Hackett stuff which makes this a lot more interesting for a Steve Hackett fanatic like me.

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 Sipi Benefit Concert (featuring Steve Hackett) (DVD) by DJABE album cover DVD/Video, 2009
2.14 | 2 ratings

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Sipi Benefit Concert (featuring Steve Hackett) (DVD)
Djabe Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars Hackett is back in Hungary

You might perhaps be surprised to see me reviewing a release by an (from a Prog perspective at least, obscure) Hungarian Jazz-Rock/World-Fusion group. But the explanation is very simple: Steve Hackett participates in this live concert by Djabe and Steve is one of my biggest heroes, so I became interested. This nicely packaged double DVD set can be purchased from the former Genesis guitarist's official website, which is what I did. The content is a full live concert by Djabe with guests in front of a local audience. The whole event is held in honour of a former member of the band, András Sipos, who sadly passed away shortly before.

This unique (I have never heard/seen anything like it anyway) band is clearly very talented and everything here, from the actual performance to the stage setting, lighting, filming, recording, editing, production, packaging, etc. is very professional. In short, this is a professional product. As the band is playing in their home country, the in-between- songs-banter (including a long introduction of Steve) is in Hungarian and I must confess that I don't understand a single word of it! The liner notes in the booklet, however, as well as the DVD menus are thankfully in (both Hungarian and in) English. Steve joins the band about half-way through the first half of the show and adds his very distinctive electric guitar sound on top of what is otherwise a predominantly acoustic band. The many instruments played include trumpet, violin, flutes, sax, piano and dulcimer. The Rock element is ensured by the presence of guitars, electric bass and Rock drums. As always, Steve is dressed in black trousers and a black t-shirt and he is wearing his sunglasses as he walks on the stage! After one song playing his electric guitar with the band, the band leaves Steve alone on the stage to perform an acoustic medley featuring bits and pieces that those who have followed Steve's career will certainly recognize a few including a few by a certain famous band culminating in the timeless classic Horizons.

After Steve's medley, the band returns and Steve once again shifts to electric guitar. The music during this part of the show is very soothing and tranquil. Steve "colours" the sound with his floating guitar solos. After one more song Steve leaves the stage and lets the band carry on without him. The relaxing mood continues, however, until the closing of the first half of the show. Steve returns to the stage several more times during the second part of the show. His participation is often rather discrete here in order not to overshadow any of the many other instrumentalists on stage. For some songs there are more than ten people on the stage simultaneously! Occasionally, however, Steve bursts to the front of the sound with his expressive and distinctive guitar sound. Only towards the very end of the concert does Steve let it rip. It is also here that some of the very best songs enter.

As you can imagine this music is partly quite chaotic given the sheer amount of instruments and the strong tendency towards improvisation. This is extremely eclectic music, but as you might have inferred by now, this is by no means Prog.

There is one particularly interesting number where everyone on stage (including Mr. Hackett!) plays so called anklungs - a Southeast Asian instrument made out of two bamboo tubes attached to a frame. The base of the frame is held and shaken rapidly from side to side causing a rapidly repeating note to sound. Apparently, each of the angklung performers will play just one note and together complete melodies are produced!

In the bonus documentary there is a short interview with Steve filmed on a beach in Malaysia(!) as well as interviews with some of the members of Djabe commenting on, among many other things, the involvement of Steve. There is also footage of Steve performing the classic Firth Of Fifth solo together with some members from Djabe at some outdoor concert!

While this is certainly a fun concert film, I must say that this is far from essential stuff from a Prog perspective. It is tempting to give this a slightly higher rating, but to be perfectly honest, even for a Steve Hackett fanatic such as myself, this DVD is of only minor interest. This is particularly so given the existence of several absolutely excellent DVDs featuring Steve playing live with his own band (several of them also filmed in Hungary incidentally!). This Djabe concert is therefore probably best reserved for those fans and collectors with a very special interest.

Interesting, but probably not every Prog fans cup of tea

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 Message from the Road by DJABE album cover Live, 2007
3.10 | 2 ratings

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Message from the Road
Djabe Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars I liked Djabe's debut and early albums as one of the best examples of successful mix of very professional jazz fusion with tasteful world music elements.Step by step their music changed, and ten years after their debut they recorded "Message From The Road", solid report from their US/European tour of 2006.

It is a double album,first disc is CD and the second is dualdisc.The CD side of the dualdisc contains the Part II of the concert, meanwhile the DVD side offers the whole live material in surround 5.1 DTS and dolby digital.In the DVD as extra features can be found a radio interview originally broadcasted in Berlin in German and English language. The DVD also contains a 71 minutes road movie recorded during the tour with much live footage.A 32 pages colour booklet completes the Djabe tour documentations, gives a range view of great moments of the road life.

So, perfect package for fans. Now about music.

After three first very acoustic and colourful studio albums ( two first were great jazz fusion with some world elements, and third was more focused on world fusion music, in jazz arrangements), from 2001 they changed their music and sound radically. Now their music is based on keyboards with full-bodied rounded sound, pleasant, but far less inventive. During that time they changed two vocalists ( Herczeg Judit and moroccan Saďd Tichiti ) and stayed without vocal at all. Guest musicians as British sax player Ben Castle and ex-Genesis gutarist Steve Hackett participated on studio recordings, but didn't take a part in live tour.

So, at this album, based mainly on their last studio work "Slices Of Life"(2005) we have well balanced and pleasant pop-jazz-fusion with some world elements. Still enough professional musicianship,but very safe and not inspired.Quality easy listening,I can say. Not bad but far from their early beauty. And even being live recording, sounds very calculated.

Better go for first two albums and you will be surprised how good they were!

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 Update by DJABE album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.05 | 3 ratings

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Djabe Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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4 stars Fourth Djabe studio album bring many changes to their music again. Vocalist was changed ( to guest one Moroccan Saďd Tichiti), British sax player Ben Castle participated on album as guest as well, but most important, total music sound became different.

If two first albums contained aerial jazz fusion with world elements, and third album was mostly world fusion, fourth one contains very rich mix of jazz fusion and symphonic rock. In some songs you can hear almost pure symphonic prog, another are jazz fusion in key of Machavishnu Orchestra, and some compositions are made under heavy influence of Gong's "Zero To Infinity" (2000) album with soft melodic music, filled with sax solos.

All sound became more modern, clear acoustic or early albums changed to synth filled rich sound. World elements are everywhere but in very controlled quantities ( including oriental vocal).

Album is more mature and should attract wider circle of listeners, but I am missing fresh air of early albums in many moments. Anyway, very strong work.

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 Ly-O-Lay Ale Loya by DJABE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.10 | 2 ratings

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Ly-O-Lay Ale Loya
Djabe Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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3 stars After two perfect album, third one is different thing. I like Hungarian band "Djabe" for their excellent sound, complex and very professional compositions and unique mixture of world and jazz fusion, where world elements are only material for doing jazz fusion more rich in sound, melodies and techniques. First two band's albums were both like that. Not the third.

After two first albums band became very popular around country and decided to increase world component in their music. So, their third album is world fusion album with few jazz elements ( and I think it is most world oriented Djabe album till now).

Now even usual instruments sound different: they missed their aerial clear sound for more warm and rounded one. Arrangements became simplier,a ll music (still of great quality) sounds often as soundtrack to Travel Channel on TV.

Musically mixture of different world music areas, from Balkan and Slavic to African and South- East Asian, album missed it jazz or progressive component almost at all. Only deep bass and some sax in few places remind previous Djabe sound. To be honest, world fusion of this album is of highest quality, but it is music for another fans.

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 Witchi Tai To by DJABE album cover Studio Album, 1998
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Witchi Tai To
Djabe Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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4 stars After very strong debut, Djabe released more mature double album in similar key. Known Hungarian jazz guitarist Snétberger Ferenc participated as guest.

Fantastic crystal clear sound and well balanced production will catch you from the very first sounds. Deep bass line, excellent brass and rare balance between world and jazz fusion elements. I believe that this album is one of greatest examples of Central European world jazz fusion.

This time there are more world, especially south-eastern Asian elements in album music, but sound never cross the border from jazz fusion to world music side. First CD from double album is more interesting musically. The second one contains 35 min concert video (mastered in Abbey Road Studio, London) in PC and MAC compatible CD -ROM and some radio remixes of songs from the first CD.

Really strong addition to their great début. Recommendable as well for any world jazz fusion fan.

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 Djabe by DJABE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.95 | 3 ratings

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Djabe Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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4 stars Very strong debut album of Hungarian jazz fusion band "Djabe". Perfect sound, excellent balance of world elements and complex and very tasteful jazz fusion.

Many compositions have oriental scent, some African and oriental drums/percussion rhythms are completed with very aerial brass. Even some tasteful vocal is added in some compositions.

But album now way is just pure example or world influenced fusion. There are some compositions with blues guitar or modern city sounds. Very different, pleasant listening, but very professional at the same way.

That album started the serie of quite interesting band albums, and it's a bit pity that band's music isn't widely known ( but the band is enough popular in Central Europe and Baltics till now). Later Steve Hackett will become regular collaborator and even will participate in some band's tours.

Very recommended for modern world fusion or just beautiful music lovers.

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  Sipi benefit concert (feat. Steve Hackett) by DJABE album cover Live, 2009
3.10 | 2 ratings

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Djabe Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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3 stars First of all, this album has no relations with symphonic rock. It's pure jazz fusion with some folk elements. Second, this album should be placed under fusion band Djabe name more correctly. Steve Hackett is guest guitarist there.

But whenever hungarian band Djabe isn't included in PA list of bands, this album could be reviewed there.

I want to note, that the collaboration between Steve Hackett and Djabe has deep roots. They are playing together regularly and even had some common European tours ( last finished just this summer).

I know Djabe for years, they visited my country 2 or 3 times participating on different jazz fest.I was attracted by their intelligent fusion with hot elements of Balkan and Hungarian folk music.

In 2008 I visited beautiful Latvian resort town of Saulkrasti for local open-air festival just to see how Djabe plays with Hackett as guitarist ( and I spend all the weekend for that driving 350 km there and the same distance back).

Now-about music. Steve nere is more a member of the band than soloist. In fact all the band's music is well balanced sound of collective, not collection of solos. Don't expect experiments or complex constructions. The music is more simplistic,but pleasant and competent fusion mixed with some Balkan folk elements. Keyboards,brass and drums are sound basis.

Music is warm, pleasant, comfortable ( in some moments similar to Pat Metheny works). It's interesting, that some Djabe works without Hackett are much more jazzy and experimental!

This double CD recorded mostly during Djabe (feat. Steve Hackett) concert in Budapest organised for the memory of Djabe late percussionist Andras Sipos. Double DVD of that concert is available as well.

There are some videos from concert avalaible at Djabe band site. I can recommend Djabe other albums as well, few of them are really very strong! There are some songs for free download at band's site as well.

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