There are several reasons for the trio's unusual choice of name: for one thing, it is one of their song's title, written by Zsolt Kaltenecker on a historical keyboard instrument made in 1705, for another, it brings up associations with the movie Legend of 1900 and its hero, who deliberately or inadvertently mocks the musical hard-liners. Openness and the crossing of imagined or real boundaries are the primary motivations for the members of the trio. Thanks to this approach the trio's music gives a homogeneous whole, nonetheless, combining dozens of influences: the melody and dynamism of popular music, the freshness of electronic music, the straining of classical music to achieve harmony, the diversity of world music and, of course, the freedom of jazz and its delicate combinations...
About the album
All songs written by Zsolt Kaltenecker, except Spring Dance, written by András Dés
Recorded on 19-21 January, 2015 at Budapest Music Center
Recorded, mixed, mastered by Viktor Szabó
Artwork: Huszár László / Greenroom
Produced by László Gőz
Label manager: Tamás Bognár
The recording was supported the National Cultural Fund of Hungary
Raul da Gama - Jazz da Gama (en)
D. Oscar Groomes - O’s Place Jazz (en)
Marcelo Tchechenistky - Discos Argentinos (es)
Bérczesi Barbara - Gramofon ***** (hu)
Trencsényi Zoltán - NOL (hu)
Gáspár Károly - Jazzma.hu (hu)
Fidelio - Fidelio (hu)
Czékus Mihály - HFP online (hu)
Turi Gábor - Magyar Nemzet (label profile) (hu)
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In addition to arcing improvisations that often seem to drift towards infinity, Zsolt's piano play often builds on the complete independence of his two hands and is immediately recognisable, András' unusual set of percussion instruments (on which he sometimes plays with almost complete freedom, sometimes like a sophistically programmed drum machine), and Béla's full-bodied, warm double bass and lyrically delivered solos are all hallmarks of 1705. Zsolt played for longer periods with Béla in the nineties and with András in the first decade of the new millennium – the fruits of their collaboration can be heard on four records in total. The trio 1705 was founded in late 2010 when, after 15 years, Béla returned to Hungary from Australia.
”Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness.
All can know good as good only because there is evil.
Therefore having and not having arise together;
Diffi cult and easy complement each other;
Long and short contrast each other;
High and low rest upon each other;
Voice and sound harmonize each other;
Front and back follow each other.
Therefore the wise go about doing nothing, teaching no-talking.
The ten thousand things rise and fall without cease,
Creating, yet not possessing,
Working, yet not taking credit.
Work is done, then forgotten.
Therefore it lasts forever.”
(Excerpt from Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu,
translated by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English)
Thanks to / Köszönet: Zoltán Angyal (Angel Drums), Tamás Bognár, Dörge, Dóra Ebergényi, Károly Fehér (Ethnosound), László Gőz, Hagyma, Hit Space, Intersnack Magyarország Kft, Jirí Svéda, Juraj Gergely, Brigitta Koppány, Róbert Merkler, Barnabás Nagy, Hanna Villő Piri, Sony Mobile, Viktor Szabó.
András Dés plays on Bosphorus cymbals.