Lajos Dudas (clarinet)
Maydance (Foundation for Jazz Education and Research in Hungary ”Pannon Jazz”, 1995)
Philipp van Endert (guitar)
with Kurt Bilker (drums) and Janos Szudy (percussion)
Lajos Dudas is the kind of artist who is constantly developing and changing - he could as well be termed an explorer, both as the interpreter of classical clarinet works or as a composer and jazz musician. Living in Germany he has established himself as one of the most important clarinet players in the European jazz scene. The French music journal Jazz Magazine honoured Dudas as _the innovator of the clarinet in modern jazz”.
The young guitar player Philipp van Endert, joining Dudas on this session differs from his colleague in his style a lot. Having graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, his approach to jazz originates in fusion and jazz-rock. His style bears the inscript of the American roots passed on to him by his teachers: Steve Khan, Rick Peckham, and Bret Willmott.
Hence the result of the collaboration of these two artists, which produced more than just a simple encounter of two improvisers. Different approaches, different styles, different generations and different stories bounce against each other. An exciting dialogue arises between Lajos Dudas' tender and free-tonal playing and Philipp van Enderts vigorous rhythm: in a way similar to a meeting of the new and old continents...