Ups & Downs
I like to think that all artists, vocally or instrumentally, strive to create a unique sound, something that sets them apart from others within their respective genres and something that gives them instantaneous recognition.
From their debut nearly a decade ago, Peet Project has easily mastered that initiative. Ups & Downs is the sixth studio album from the indescribably talented, young, hip and creative quintet from one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Hungary. In fact, early in their storming onto the smooth jazz music stage, they caught the ear and attention of veteran and accomplished saxman, Dave Koz, who said the band 'completely wowed' the crowds on one of his fabulous cruises.
The latest album is comprised of 12 original compositions, bringing smooth jazz, pop melodies, heavy funk, and even ballads together on a stylistically diverse release, led by that signature electric/eclectic violin lead, backed by rhythms, sax, keyboards and guitar. And to prove their rising star stature, several notable veterans lend their talents to Ups & Downs, including Paul Brown, Michael Lington, former Prince saxman, Marcus Anderson, in addition to Russian born trumpet sensation and newcomer, Ilya Serov, and even Hungarian violin legend, Csaba Deseo.
Let's Do This, the breakthrough release, is full of fast paced energy, sweet melodies, accented by Brown 's signature guitar sound and stylish midsong solo. Galaxies, a Wave Top 10 hit, is spectacular in its tight and endlessly fast flowing blend. Band mates, Peter Ferencz and Attila Zavoldi, thought it emoted space travel and concluded it deserved an interstellar song title.
Anything For You brings the tempo down on what is a purely romantic power ballad with chorus vocals and
Michael Lington on sax. Sunday At The Spa, though medium in tempo, is as gentle and relaxed as one's mind, body and soul would be envisioning a day of pampering.
Though the album isn't one featuring full vocal contributions, Ups & Downs does include enough vocalization to bring added dimension to the Peet Project compositions. I Don't Mind is a fine example of that, with its fast and funk-infused party track, (featuring native Hungarian Deseo), and the additional brief rap-like chorus.
I truly love Peet Project and not simply for the face value of their musical entertainment. Ferencz, Zavoldi, Oliver Magan, and brothers Marcell and Martin Gudics pour passion and energy into their craft and are the sound of a new smooth groove generation.
Reviewed by Stu Berketo
Wave On-air Host