Mihály Borbély Quartet Be by me Tonight

BMCCD231 2016

“If Bartók played not-so-straight-ahead jazz, it might sound like the Borbély Quartet, combining Serbian, Slovak, Gypsy, Jewish and German folk influences with classical music, shot through with that thing that swings. Roland Kirk would understand.” (RootsWorld)

After the 2014 release of their award-winning album Hungarian Jazz Rhapsody, the Mihály Borbély Quartet recorded their new material at the BMC studio in the autumn of 2015. Be by Me Tonight contains 11 originals, most of them composed by Mihály Borbély (three co-written with another group member), while one piece is by the outstanding young pianist of the group, Áron Tálas. The studio recording reveals the rich, mature sound of the group, the complex beauty of the compositions with roots and influences from Hungarian and Balkan folk, music of Liszt, Bartók, Kodály as well as contemporary jazz, while preserving the spontaneity and freshness, well known from their concerts.


Mihály Borbély – tárogató (1, 8, 11), alto sax (2, 6, 10), soprano sax (5), clarinet (3), bass clarinet (4, 7), tilinkó (9), supelka (11)
Áron Tálas – piano
Balázs Horváth – bass
István Baló – drums ('Gustavito', made in Hungary)

About the album

All compositions by Mihály Borbély except track 4 by Mihály Borbély and István Baló, track 5 by Áron Tálas, track 7 by Mihály Borbély and Áron Tálas and track 9 by Mihály Borbély and Balázs Horváth
Recorded at BMC Concert Hall, Budapest on 1-2 November, 2015
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Viktor Szabó

Artwork: László Huszár / Greenroom

Produced by László Gőz
Label manager: Tamás Bognár

The recording was supported by the National Cultural Fund of Hungary


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Mihály Borbély Quartet: Be by me tonight

01 Be by me Tonight 7:37
02 Exiled 7:46
03 The Last Question 5:06
04 Come on! 1:33
05 Epigram 4:18
06 Little Bird in the Lee 6:35
07 Gratitude 1:10
08 Auntie 5:40
09 These Fairies again 1:22
10 Nevermind Sweetheart 5:47
11 Kosztka 8:36
Total time 55:30

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