Review: Matyas Pribojszki Band – Treat

Posted on: Sunday, Jan 19, 2014

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Matyas Pribojszki Band – Treat

(Self-release: PMCD006/2013)

The mainland of Europe is now blessed with an flourishing blues scene and many top bands – and from Hungary, hail the Matyas Pribojszki Band, led by the virtuoso harmonica of Pribojszki himself, who also possesses a fine voice. He has clearly absorbed influences of the great harmonica men and added a modern, contemporary twist to his playing, and most enjoyable it is! They have played gigs and festivals all over Europe, and get a glowing reference on the sleeve from the great Rick Estrin and Kid Andersen.

The band are all fine musicians, and comprise: Erik Kovacs (keyboards), Ferenc Szasz (guitar), Ervin Eckert (bass) and Daniel Molnar (drums), with special guest, Gabi Szucs on background vocals – they all wonderfully add swing and groove to the front man on this 12-song set on “Treat”, that combines originals and some great, well-picked covers.

The music gets off to a rip-roaring opener, “Zydecola Boogie” – which does a just that – superb harmonica from Pribojszki, and some top guitar from Ferenc Szasz as the band swing along; Erik Kovacs funky piano kicks off the following “Real Good Man”, with some sweet acoustic harmonica and spiky leads from Szasz. The band hit a great Texas shuffle groove on “Food Junkie”, with Pribojszki’s vocal delivered through the harmonica microphone!

They breathe new life into the often-recorded garage rocker “Farmer John”, here delivered at breakneck speed – driven along by the rhythm section of Eckert and Molnar, before taking the pace down on The Crusaders smooth “Soul Shadows”, penned by Will Jennings and Joe Sample – a soulful diversion, on an album full of them – such as The Bee Gees “Three Kisses Of Love”, featuring more lovely piano from Erik Kovacs and more beautiful harmonica work.

Erik Kovacs gets a spotlight on the instrumental swinger penned by himself  “Goobie Boogie”- it’s a smashing piano workout, and again, kudos to the rhythm section behind him. Pribojszki and the band take us down to New Orleans on the title cut, “Treat”,  a Bo Diddley guitar riff over a rumba beat . . . as he woos his lady. The rockin’ “My Little Angel” recalls classic early Fabulous Thunderbirds . . . it fairly tears along with again stellar contributions from all.

A highly recommended release from a most accomplished musician and an extremely good band behind him!

GRAHAME RHODES

www.pribojszki.com

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