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MINI (TÖRÖK ÁDÁM & MINI)

Eclectic Prog • Hungary


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MINI was founded in 1968 by vocalist and flutist Ádám Török (b. 1948) in Budapest.

In the beginning they played early Jethro Tull-like music.

In the early seventies they became jazzier. Along with SYRIUS, they were a most popular underground band in Hungary. Their first album was released in 1978, and features space rock, jazz rock, and soft Camel-like tracks too. There is no guitar, but there is much flute, Fender Rhodes, floating string synth and a very precise rhythm section. The second album, ''Úton a föld felé'', was released in 1979, and is similar to the first one. The next album, released in 1983, was named ''Jungle''. This product was easier and lighter. Ádám Török disbanded the MINI in 1984 and began to start other projects.

In 1998 he reformed the old band with the old keyboardist, Károly Németh, but their name changed: TÖRÖK ÁDÁM & MINI. In 2001 they released ''Nomad of the Winds''. It is an instrumental progressive rock album, very close to the music of SOLARIS.

Basic discography:
Studio albums
1978 - Vissza a városba (Back Into the City)
1979 - Úton a Föld felé (Toward the Earth)
1983 - Dzsungel (Jungle)
1998 - 50/30 plusz
1999 - Misztikus utazó (Mystical Traveller)
2001 - A szél nomádja (Nomad of the Winds)
2008 - Fruit Pebbless
2009 - Aphrodité - Mediterrán dreams

Live albums
1980 - Mini koncert
1993 - 25 év Rock
2000 - Supersession
2003 - Egy varázslatos éjszaka
2005 - Éjszakai harcos
2008 - Messze vissz az út

Compilations
1993 - Vissza a Városba: A Mini legjobb felvételei 1972 - 1983
2002 - Best of Mini


Bio written by Antal Molnár (fluiddruid)

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3.76 | 5 ratings
Vissza a városba
1978
4.04 | 4 ratings
Úton a föld felé
1979
3.00 | 1 ratings
Dzsungel
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
Misztikus utazó (Mystical Traveller)
1999
4.00 | 4 ratings
A szél nomádja / Nomad of the Winds
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
Éjszakai harcos (Midnight Fighter)
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Fruit Pebbless
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Aphrodite - Mediterrán dreams
2009

MINI (TÖRÖK ÁDÁM & MINI) Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Mini Koncert
1980
4.09 | 2 ratings
Jubileumi koncert - 25 év Rock
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
Unplugged
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Supersession
2000

MINI (TÖRÖK ÁDÁM & MINI) Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.50 | 2 ratings
Török Ádám & Mini - Egy varázslatos éjszaka. Best of Mini jubileumi koncert - Petőfi Csarnok 2003
2003

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

4.00 | 1 ratings
Vissza a városba - A legjobb felvételek 1972-1983
1993
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Best of Mini
2002

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

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Mini 1.
1972
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Mini 2.
1972
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Mini 3.
1972

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 A szél nomádja / Nomad of the Winds by MINI (TÖRÖK ÁDÁM & MINI) album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.00 | 4 ratings

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A szél nomádja / Nomad of the Winds
Mini (Török Ádám & Mini) Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Ádám Török is well known in his native Hungary, playing not only progressive but also blues and jazz-fusion. In the mid Nineties he was approached by Periferic to produce an album of instrumentals. It has taken five years, but now it is here.

The initial comparison will be with Jethro Tull, not only for the extensive use of flute as the lead melodic instrument, but also because of the many differing styles that are obvious. There are other influences such as Colosseum, Camel and even Jadis, but there is also folk music of his homeland. The result is a very atmospheric album that relies on space and light. It is extremely melodic and accessible, while at the same time maintaining a certain aloofness, this is not common or garden prog.

This is an album that will be enjoyed by many progheads if they can get to hear it.

Originally appeared in Feedback #65, Dec 01

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Jubileumi koncert - 25 év Rock
Mini (Török Ádám & Mini) Eclectic Prog

Review by BORA

4 stars A very pleasant surprise to find MINI listed on PA! One of the few Hungarian underground bands that enjoyed cult status and loyal following in the '70s and still commands healthy recognition. For many years they performed in a small club with room for 300 people only. In order to gain entry, one had to line up hours before the door was opened.

Every Sunday night MINI played four sets that included group and also solo efforts. Admittedly, at times it was a bit tedious to sit through 45 mins of Hammond B3, or the same length of drum, or guitar solo, but it was often worth it. Influences from Hendrix, Jethro Tull to Soft Machine were part of the experience. Afterwards, we often shared a beer at a popular Brasserie, mingling with the artists there.

Over the years there were a few changes in the line-up and some of those former members are still leading musicians in today's Hungary. Special mention is due to my old school mate Tibor TATRAI (guitar) who is in great demand. Often part of up to five different bands, playing in different styles, be that Blues, Rock, Jazz, or even DiMeola-style Flamenco. (Worth checking him out on YouTube!)

Sadly, in the early days there was very little material recorded and this live album "Jubilee Concert (25 years of Rock)" fills a bit of that void. Representing a reunion of some former members playing in a tighter, well-balanced form. Somewhat hard edged, blending Jazz Rock and even the odd Bartok interpretation in a remarkably fluid manner, this performance would please many of varying preferences. (I am not - yet - familiar with the other releases, but will make an effort to hear them some day.)

For sentimental reasons I'd be very tempted to nominate it for 5 alas, the reality is that it would make an excellent addition, so I'll offer a rather healthy 4 here.

Footnote: Band leader Adam TOROK sold me my first two (badly worn) Soft Machine albums (Third and Six) that in turn got me hooked on Canterbury, Jazz Rock in my formative years. Thank you Adam and God bless you for that!

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Mini (Török Ádám & Mini) Eclectic Prog

Review by pkovacs

5 stars I'm sure that quite a few fans of Mini have already written something similar, but here comes my "review": I have loved this album since my teenage years. I've seen this band on their August 20th Constitution Day free concerts at the Taban (on the slopes of Gellert Mountain, overlooking the Buda Castle). Unfortunately, I never owned this album but my best friend did, so I had plenty of opportunity to listen to these marvelous songs. Now, some 30 years later, I finally have this album in full, thanks to iTunes ! It's still a fantastic album! Now I'm trying to get my kids hooked on the lovely melodies and catchy rhythms...

It is a crying shame that the flute isn't used more often in rock music. It does sound beautiful and, strangely enough, powerful - which is not what you would expect from such a tiny and slim instrument.

Biztosra veszem, hogy mar rengeteg Mini rajongo irt hasonlokat, de azert megis, ime az en kis osszefoglalom: Mindig is imadtam ezt a lemezt, egeszen tizeneves korom ota. Tobbszor is lattam eloben Torok Adam bandajat az augusztus 20-i tabani koncertjeiket, sajnos azonban sohasem volt meg nekem ez a lemez. De, hal' istennek, a legjobb haveromnak megvolt ket lemezuk is, igy szinte barmikor meghallgathattam ezeket a ragyogo notakat. Most, harminc esztendovel kesobb, vegre- valahara tulajdonomba kerult ez az album, az iTunes-nak jovoltabol. Meg mindig gyonyoru ez a lemez! Most megprobalom a sajat kolykeimmel megszerettetni a csodas dallamokat es az izgalmas ritmusokat...

Szomoru, hogy a fuvolat nem hasznaljak gyakrabban a rock zeneben, hiszen olyan szep hangja van es, fura modon, olyan eroteljes, izmos egy hangszer - bar latszatra nem az.

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 Vissza a városba by MINI (TÖRÖK ÁDÁM & MINI) album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.76 | 5 ratings

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Mini (Török Ádám & Mini) Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars A Progressive/Jazz Rock band from Budapest,Hungary, Mini were formed and led by its only consistent member, vocalist/flutist Adam Torok in 1968.The band had a good live activity and was signed by the biggest Hungarian rock label,Pepita, but the numerous line-up changes did not help them to release a full-length work in their early years.By mid-70's though, Mini started gigging in East-Europe (Poland,Bulgaria,Czech Republic) and they had a more stable line-up with Karoly Nemeth on keyboards, Alajos Nemeth on bass and Jeno Balogh on drums.The quartet would record Mini's debut ''Vissza a városba'' in 1978.

Good funky Jazz-Fusion with progressive twists is the style met in Mini's debut with keyboards and flutes on the front.Most of the tracks include nice electric piano and synths with groovy bass lines and drums supporting, along with a fair amount of flute soloing by Adam Torok.Yet the album includes also a couple of more demanding tracks like the fantastic instrumental Space- Fusion-esque ''Körbe-körbe'' with its hypnotic rhythms and flutes or the complex ''Héja-tánc'' with the complex keyboard work.However the whole album contains plenty of interplays between the pianos,synths and flutes with some excellent solos throughout,while Torok's voice is also a plus, blended well with the overall style.

I have seen around the net the band to be compared with Jethro Tull (propably due to the heavy use of flute),but that's very far from reality.''Vissza a városba'' is a good mix of energetic Jazz- Fusion with the Progressive Rock principles,good enough to be recommended to a wider audience than simply to Jazz-Rock lovers.Another East-European Jazz-Rock lost pearl,which deserves some more promotion.

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 Úton a föld felé by MINI (TÖRÖK ÁDÁM & MINI) album cover Studio Album, 1979
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Úton a föld felé
Mini (Török Ádám & Mini) Eclectic Prog

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Great second album of this little known prog jazz band from Hungary, released in 1979 named Úton a Föld felé. A very positive vibe gived me this release, polished progressive rock with jazzy interplays here and there and very strong, eclectical and effectiv flute playing, aswell some nice keybords interluded with guitar chops make a real gem of an album. Sometimes goes little bit on mainstream side of prog, but still very good, very sincere album, I like it a lot. I've bought it from Hungary last year, the vinyl at low price, so a real treat for me. Nice aqusition I've made. Now, all pieces are great, not a weak moment here. There is a instrumental piece where all musicians shines, nice arrangements prog meets light jazz. Great album and great cover arts aswell front/back. 4 stars easy Recommended if you want to discover prog bands from eastern Europe , unknown and yet with great releases check Mini they can be a real great surprise.

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