I must admit I know nothing about Matyas Gayer, whose trio is playing at the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh tomorrow and at Glasgow Art Club on Thursday. What little I’ve been able to find out comes mainly from the website of Bridge Music, who are putting on the gigs.

Gayer is a young Hungarian pianist, who studied jazz at the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest and is now based in Graz in Austria. The other members of the band are fellow Hungarians Norbert Farkas on bass and Marton Juhasz on drums. (Well, I’m guessing they are Hungarian from the names, although of course Konrad Wiszniewski isn’t Polish).

Based on the tracks they’ve put up on YouTube, I think I can also safely say that

  1. they play straightahead swinging modern jazz, rather than free improvisation, EST-style ostinato based grooves or Magyar folk-jazz fusion.
  2. their set is made up of a mixture of original compositions and jazz standards
  3. they’re good.

Here are a couple of tracks to let you make up your own mind:

Their own composition “Hotel Malibu”

Their version of Clark Terry’s tune “Argentia”

Thursday’s gig is at Glasgow Art Club, 185 Bath Street (across the road from St Jude’s). It starts at 8pm, and admission is £6 (£5 concessions).

Bridge Music are putting on some other promising concerts at the Art Club on Thursdays in November: the Pete Johnstone Organ Quartet on the 8th, Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra on the 15th and the Brodie Jarvie Septet on the 22nd. There’s no gig there on the 29th (the venue is unavailable), but that means there’s no clash with the Evan Parker – George Lewis performance which is on at the CCA that night as part of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra’s GIOFest.

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