Peter Horvath: "Absolute Reality" (Foreign Matter Records 101201) 2016
Produced & Arranged by Peter Horvath
Mixed by Ray Obiedo & Peter Horvath @ Werewolf Recording (Oakland, CA)
Mastered by Bernie Grundman @ Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios (Hollywood, CA)
Cover Photo: Eszter Biro
Art Direction: Fifi Larue
Featuring: Peter Horvath (piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano, keyboards), Bob Mintzer (tenor sax), Norbert Stachel (soprano, alto, tenor & baritone sax, flute, alto flute, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet), Randy Brecker (trumpet), Louis Fasman (trumpet, flugelhorn), Marty Wehner (trombone), Dean Brown & Ray Obiedo (guitar), Victor Bailey, Larry Kimpel & Marc Van Wageningen (bass), Ricky Lawson, Lenny White & Walfredo Reyes, Jr. (drums), Michael Spiro, Karl Perazzo & Peter Michael Escovedo (percussion)
**** (musical performance)
***** (sonic quality)
CTI meets GRP, Bob James meets David Benoit on "Absolute Reality." What a joy to listen to this album! The second CD by keyboardist/arranger Peter Horvath is an absolutely pleasant effort, full of killer grooves and lovely melodies. Guest stars like Bob Mintzer (shining on "Carla" and "Escape From Oakland") and Randy Brecker (who overdubbed a nice solo on "Foreign Matter") add an extra spice to Horvath's perfectly built tunes, but the disc offers many other pleasures.
The main hero is the leader himself, a terrific soloist, specially on the Rhodes electric piano. Norbert Stachel, a superb reedman who co-wrote six of the ten tunes, sounds like an entire horn section. The album also includes some of the last recordings by late drummer Ricky Lawson (1954-2013). Among them, the title track that mixes a James Brown-like riff with a glamorous melody played by Horvath on the acoustic piano.
Mintzer and Horvath share the spotlight on the funkyfied "Escape From Oakland," while Kenny Washington's wordless vocal effects add a special flavour to the laidback groove of "Nassau Nights," on which Horvath's hands seem to fly on the Rhodes over a lush horn arrangement.
If you like Hancock's late 70s efforts, you'll love "Fake Out," another number with an infectious groove, a dazzling Rhodes solo, and Norbert Stachel playing nothing less than five horn instruments. "Miss You" is a latin-tinged ballad, coloured by Michael Spiro's percussion. "Sardegna," another radio-friendly number evokes memories of Azymuth's Milestone years. The album closes with Horvath's tune for his son, "Braden's Song," a striking, ebb-and-flow solo piano piece a la Bill Evans that provides a tantalizing glimpse at another side of this great artist.
|Peter Horvath "Absolute Reality"|
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