Hungarian smooth jazz group Peet Project is influenced by artists like
Candy Dulfer, Mezzoforte, George Duke, EWF or Prince. The group
comprised of violinist, composer, producer Peter “Peet” Ferencz,
keyboarder Ádám Lőrincz and saxophone player and jazz educator Marci
Their first EP, Pink Spirit, released January 26, 2010, already
garnered a rave review by Sandy Shore, who described the Pink Spirit CD
as an “attention-getting, Smooth Jazz smash!” With their sophomore
album Turn You On the band intends to improve their
international awareness. While the band stills performs in jazz clubs
in and around Budapest, the album might be a messenger and precursor
for the International career of this group.
Does The Music Turn You?
is the deciding question and the starting turn of the album. With
a fresh and contemporary sound the group allures the audience. The
performance of a violin as lead instrument isn't unusual. Artists like
Noell Webb, Doug Cameron, Karen Briggs or Ken Ford made this
The funky Step Into The Party! is
inspired by Candy Dulfer's funk style and enthuses with a highly
entertaining potential. The group seamlessly follows the great music
of The Brothers Johnson or Cameo. The up-tempo Hey Girl keeps
the attention on a high-pitched level.
Now Your're Gone
is a funky burner with an uplifting catchy melody, just let you hum
along or swing around. The heavy groovin' Don't You Worry
showcases the meeting of electric violin with Wah guitar, an
interesting and extraordinary mixture. Everybody has different
memories of his youth, when he is Grown Up. According to the
melody the members of Peet project had a splendid past and the future
of this state seems to change anything.
Chill With Us! is a structured song with the focus on
Ferencz' violin. The main theme is duplicated by Lőrincz'
keyboard before the song meanders into Áron Koós-Hutás' brilliant
trumpet solo. Funky Guy v2.0 presents a stirring funk with
great vocoder effects. How It Feels is digging deep into the
funk borrowing from the spirit of Grandmaster Flash's The Message.
These guys have a good wire to music history.
September is Peet Project's tribute to the legenday formation
Earth, Wind & Fire. The violin gives this rendition a special note.
The final Nem Kell Félnem (No need not fear) brilliantly melts
elements of popular music with hip hop beats and smooth jazz to an
irresistible song with the exotic charm of the Hungarian language.
Peet Project's Turn You On is an album, which deserves more
attention. European smooth jazz is offering fruitful ideas, definitely
beneficial for the development of American smooth jazz.