Nov 7, 2016 / 11:00pm - Nov 7, 2016 / 11:55pm New York, United States, NY, 196 Allen St, 10002
The basic idea for Loop Doctors came in 2005, when the two founding members of the band, Romhányi Áron (keyboards) and Szendőfi Péter (drums) where talking with Gary Willis about modern musical styles, during the recording of Péter's solo album. Later the band was formed, and with special guest Gary Willis on bass, and trumpet player Kornél Fekete-Kovács, they recorded the first album "High Voltage" in 2006.
Loop Doctors’ music is a medley of different styles, including jazz, drum 'n' bass, jungle, hip-hop and rap. An overall category could be nu-jazz, but Loop Doctors can also be seen in clubs, where people actually dance to the music. Loop Doctors usually performs as a duo, Peter using an 'Octa-pad', from which the grooves, bass lines and additional synths are played, and also plays acoustic drums. Aron plays keys, and also does vocals/rap. Since 2006 they regularly do a tour as a duo, and also with special guests (Gary Willis - bass, Brandon Fields – sax, Fekete-Kovács Kornél – trumpet, Szentpáli Roland – tuba, Dennert Árpád – sax, Llibert Fortuny - sax)
The first album "High Voltage" was released in 2006, and recieved the "Fonogram - best jazz album of the year 2008" award in Hungary. Special guest is Gary Willis (Tribal Tech) on bass.The second album, “White Orange Black” came in 2008, featuring classical tuba virtuoso and composer Roland Szentpali. The use of tuba as a bass instrument in this style is a completely new concept, breaking the barriers of modern arranging.The third album of the band will be released in 2014, entitled “Entering a Room”. The material was recorded in New York, at Peter Karl Studios, featuring special guest Chris Hunter on sax. Gary Willis, Brandon Fields and Roland Szentpali are also featured on this album.
It was 1983 when an invitation from the late great Gil Evans uprooted Chris from his native London, England, to join the now legendary Monday Night Orchestra. He had rapidly established himself in London as the preeminent saxophonist, progressing from a three year stint in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra to a steady gig with renowned jazz composer, Mike Westbrook and his All Star Brass Band and Cabaret. This lead to an acclaimed debut recording, Early Days, see Guardian piece, which introduced him to the London recording scene. He was soon soloing on projects for artists as diverse as: Incognito, Paul Weller and the Style Council, ABC, Buggles, Sheena Easton, Kajagoogoo and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as enjoying a steady stream of work from composers Richard Niles and John Altman. He also toured and performed with his own band throughout the UK and co-founded the fusion band, Hubbard’s Cubbard. If all this seems too much to have left behind, says Chris, “I think working in London with all the diversity and those great people always felt like I was living a captive life, as if all I was ever going to see of the world was London and the home counties.” The invitation from Gil was all it took to make the life changing move. see Fresh Hunting Grounds, Telegraph. “The hardest thing of all,” says Chris, “was giving up the certainty of London for the daunting prospect of New York.”
Since then Chris has become one of the world’s leading journeyman sax players, participating as featured player in a vast spectrum of music with artists such as Michel Camilo, Michael Franks, Robben Ford, Hiram Bullock, Jonathan Butler, the Manhattan Transfer, Flora Purim-Airto Moreira, Sting, Tania Maria, the Illinois Philharmonic.
He has played Lead Alto and been featured soloist in many of the world’s major jazz orchestras including The Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, the Gil Evans Orchestra, the Michel Camilo NY Big Band, the Mike Gibbs Orchestra, the WDR Big Band(Cologne, Germany). He has also been chosen soloist on themes for some of TV’s most prestigious shows including: Oprah, Regis & Kelly, the Koppel Report, The Today Show, Spin City, and the New York Yankees as well as countless TV ads.
Live at the Budapest Jazz Club
Jazzin' the House video:
Recording sessions in New Yorkban:
The latest album: