Džukljev – Trilla – Mezei

Still now (If You Still) - FMR Records, 2017.






Featuring Szilard Mezei on viola, Marine Dzukljev on piano and Vasco Trilla on drums & percussion. Anyone who reads the DMG newsletter regularly knows that I am a big fan of Serbian violist, Szilard Mezei. Considering that Mr. Mezei has some thirty releases out on labels: Leo, Slam, Not Two & No Business, he is not very well known, although he does have some devoted fans. Mr. Mezei, whose records range from solos to his own orchestra, most often works with other Serbian/Hungarian musicians. Although I hadn’t heard of Marina Dzukljev before this, percussionist Vasco Trilla hails from Spain and has a fine solo CD out on FMR. This disc starts off with some utterly hypnotic playing inside the piano, supple mallet work and soon some intricate viola interaction. By the second piece, “Not True Still Now”, the trio explodes yet remains tight and focused with several demons at play, dancing amongst the flames of creativity. Mezei often reminds me of Mat Maneri, another viola player who like to play those bent notes in between the regular scale. Even when things mellow down on “Still Now (if you Still)”, the quiet yet intricate playing is edge-of-your-seat dynamic which again builds to an explosive conclusion. Although, there is quire a bit of extended technique, it is hard to tell who is doing what at times. This is one of the most creative and astonishing sets of free improv I’ve heard recently! Another feather in the big hat that Szilard Mezei continues to wear. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG.