Exposé Online banner

Tóth Bagi Band — Another Blues World
(Periferic no#, 2001, CD)

Tóth Bagi Band — Kell, Hogy Hazudj
(Periferic AHCD-5180-2226, 2000, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2003-02-01

Another Blues World Cover artKell, Hogy Hazudj Cover artNow appearing in the Lounge at the Budapest Holiday Inn: the Tóth Bagi Band, performing a selection of blues standards and originals in a dance-floor-ready style, sure to please locals and visitors from around the world. Happy hour from 5-7 PM — all appetizers half price. Don't miss it! At least that's what these two releases by Hungary's Tóth Bagi Band sound like. Another Blues World consists of their versions of well-known tunes like "Strange Brew," "Hoochie Coochie Man," "The Thrill Is Gone," and "Cocaine," and while I can't really fault the musicianship, I can't see why anybody would choose to listen to it. The guitar playing is the highlight, but even the best string-slinging can't make up for the stock keyboard sounds and mediocre vocals. Kell, hogy hazudj features (as far as I can tell) original music, but the overall style is the same, with a slight hint of fusion to it. These are pretty decent players, and Tóth Bagi himself is a good guitarist, but the lack of anything original to the style makes it hard to recommend to anyone but the most die-hard of Hungarian collectors.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 26, 2001 releases, 2000 releases

Related artist(s): Tóth Bagi Csaba

Latest news

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart $amp; Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Värttinä - Iki – After three albums (Kokko, Vihma, and Ilmatar) that featured electronics heavily, including keyboards, samplers, and rhythm loops, Värttinä has elected to revisit a completely acoustic sound. Fans...  (2003) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues