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Peet Project – The Bad Boys Of Budapest

Posted by April Galenzoski on 2017/10/23

 

Although one of smooth jazz’s fast rising acts are Hungarian born and bred, there is a French term that can be applied to at least attempt to describe them. That term would be je ne sais quois, because their innovative approach and contribution to the genre is something you can’t quite put your finger on. And for all intents and purposes, who really cares? Because all that matters is that the boys are back
The hip, trendy, and GQ-ish (which in this case, stands for groove quintet!) European party band consisting of Peter ‘Peet’ Ferencz, Oliver Magan, Attila Zavodi, and Martin and Marcell Gudics are yet again redefining the smooth musical landscape with their latest and long awaited release on Beaglebeat Records. 
Prior to the album’s official release, Peet Project gave fans a tease and taste of what was to come with the release of three singles, the gentle and easy River Cruise, the funky-punchy vocal track Got This Feelin’, and their Billboard Top 30 smash Rosy Cheeks, featuring the rhythmic guitar of remixer Paul Brown, and the stylish sax accompaniment of Dave Koz. In fact, Dave can be at least partially credited for helping to expose the Peet Project sound to fans with their inclusion on his party cruises. Otherwise they may have remained one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. 
Whether purely coincidental or ingeniously planned, the celebration of the full album release and a toast to the Peet Project sound is marked by the smash chart impacting Champagne Of My Life. With their hallmark violin led groove, the boys deliver a finger snapping, rousing and rhythmic jazz funk groove behind Ferencz’s vocals that can induce involuntary crowd participation of singing and hand clapping. 
In total 13 highly enjoyable tracks grace this fifth album from Peet Project with a near equal balance of instrumental-to-vocal ratio offering a slick variety of eclectic tastes. The Bad Boys Of Budapest confirms the group’s instinctive talent for combining stylish and sophisticated grooves with a touch of edginess and musical eccentricities. Instrumental tracks Downtown Therapy and Like A Kid are perfect examples of how their style of pop-funk jazz flows in a direction that is remarkably unconventional yet ground breaking. Bring Me To Life with special guest Jonathan Fritzen on piano presents a moodier mid-tempo chill experience alongside the band’s violin, sax, guitar and electro-drum mixture. 
Other stellar guest appearances on this pure party starter album include Cincinnati-born vocalist James Copley who provides an energetically cool contribution on the funky Yes Your Love. Singer and popular performer Gaspar Laci, a fellow Hungarian, lends his Euro-soul vocal expertise on Shut The Door, a snappy and highly polished groove that leans towards the R’n’B side of things.
The Bad Boys Of Budapest isn’t just an album title. It’s a statement that demonstrates just how good these boys are at delivering a unique and sophisticated performance that’s undeniably fresh, hip, and packed with punch.
Reviewed by
Stu Berketo
On-air host
Wave.fm/94.7HD2

Although one of smooth jazz’s fast rising acts are Hungarian born and bred, there is a French term that can be applied to at least attempt to describe them. That term would be je ne sais quois, because their innovative approach and contribution to the genre is something you can’t quite put your finger on. And for all intents and purposes, who really cares? Because all that matters is that the boys are back.

The hip, trendy, and GQ-ish (which in this case, stands for groove quintet!) European party band consisting of Peter ‘Peet’ Ferencz, Oliver Magan, Attila Zavodi, and Martin and Marcell Gudics are yet again redefining the smooth musical landscape with their latest and long awaited release on Beaglebeat Records. 

Prior to the album’s official release, Peet Project gave fans a tease and taste of what was to come with the release of three singles, the gentle and easy River Cruise, the funky-punchy vocal track Got This Feelin’, and their Billboard Top 30 smash Rosy Cheeks, featuring the rhythmic guitar of remixer Paul Brown, and the stylish sax accompaniment of Dave Koz. In fact, Dave can be at least partially credited for helping to expose the Peet Project sound to fans with their inclusion on his party cruises. Otherwise they may have remained one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. 

Whether purely coincidental or ingeniously planned, the celebration of the full album release and a toast to the Peet Project sound is marked by the smash chart impacting Champagne Of My Life. With their hallmark violin led groove, the boys deliver a finger snapping, rousing and rhythmic jazz funk groove behind Ferencz’s vocals that can induce involuntary crowd participation of singing and hand clapping. 

In total 13 highly enjoyable tracks grace this fifth album from Peet Project with a near equal balance of instrumental-to-vocal ratio offering a slick variety of eclectic tastes. The Bad Boys Of Budapest confirms the group’s instinctive talent for combining stylish and sophisticated grooves with a touch of edginess and musical eccentricities. Instrumental tracks Downtown Therapy and Like A Kid are perfect examples of how their style of pop-funk jazz flows in a direction that is remarkably unconventional yet ground breaking. Bring Me To Life with special guest Jonathan Fritzen on piano presents a moodier mid-tempo chill experience alongside the band’s violin, sax, guitar and electro-drum mixture. 

Other stellar guest appearances on this pure party starter album include Cincinnati-born vocalist James Copley who provides an energetically cool contribution on the funky Yes Your Love. Singer and popular performer Gaspar Laci, a fellow Hungarian, lends his Euro-soul vocal expertise on Shut The Door, a snappy and highly polished groove that leans towards the R’n’B side of things.The Bad Boys Of Budapest isn’t just an album title. It’s a statement that demonstrates just how good these boys are at delivering a unique and sophisticated performance that’s undeniably fresh, hip, and packed with punch.

Reviewed by
Stu BerketoOn-air host
Wave.fm/94.7HD2

 

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