“Zsolt is a great guitarist. I always have been an admirer of his tone and his sense of melody and composition. The Quartet is tasty. "Cycle Of Change" is simply beautiful.”
— Lionel Loueke
ZSOLT BENDE is a guitarist and composer, a leading figure in the Hungarian jazz scene. He studied in London and at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he rubbed shoulders and performed with some of the most in demand musicians in todays international jazz scene. Bende was shaping his unique and colourful music through touring in the USA, U.K. and Brazil before returning to his native central Europe. In England he joined forces with leading British bassist Arnie Somogyi with whom he recorded several albums and later as a founding member of Neil Yates "Five Countries Trio". Bende is the leader of his own quartet and just released his latest recording, "Cycle Of Change".
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The Calm Before the Storm
Zsolt Bende guitar, Neil Yates trumpet, Kristóf Bacsó alto, Zoltán Zana tenor, Mátyás Szanday bass, Samuel Rohrer drums. Recorded at VL Studios 2008 Budapest. Engineer: László Válik Photos: Bálint Pörneci Cover: Zsolt Kölök Birtalan
Neil Yates, Five Countries
Bende´s subtle and emotive acoustic guitar work has a bright edge that contrasts beautifully with Yates´ softer horn sound. Bende´s light and deft approach is truly melancholy on his own lilting ballad, "Freedom Lost".
Neil Yates trumpet, fluegelhorn
Zsolt Bende acoustic guitar
Cormac Byrne bodhrán, percussion
Arnie Somogyi, Improvokation
Arranger and composer of Arnie Somogyis "Improvokation", which combined the Musical heritage and creative talents of some of the worlds leading improvisational musicians from both Hungary & UK jazz and folk background.
Arnie Somogyi double bass, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos piano,
Borbély Mihály saxophone, Jeremy Price trombone, Miklós Lukács cimbalom, Neil Yates trumpet,
Beáta Salamon violin, Tony Lakatos saxophone,
Winston Clifford drums, Zsolt Bende guitar
Arnie Somogyi, Cold Cherry Soup
Selected as Jazz "Pick of the Month"- BBC Music Magazine, 2001.
Arnie Somogyi bass
Zsolt Bende guitar
Tony Lakatos saxophone
Liam Noble piano
Winston Clifford drums