Guitarist Ferenc Snétberger’s new solo recording In Concert is reviewed on a US website
‘In Concert’ is the guitarist’s ECM debut, recorded in October 2013 live at the spacious Listz Academy, Grand Hall in Budapest and a staggering but absolutely melodic display of his capabilities […] Snetberger is masterful at blending improvisation and composition seamlessly, and integrating his wide array of influences into a borderless whole […] ‘In Concert’ is fantastic, and engaging for its entirety, the wonderful recording quality helps capture the spacious acoustic sound of the hall. Amazing sound pictures are created by the notes Snetberger plays, and it will be exciting to see where he goes next with his other groups.
C. J. Shearn, Jazz Views
Snétberger really is the complete guitarist, with classical baroque, Brazilian, Flamenco, jazz, tango and free styles all secure under his fingertips. His tone is immaculate, the recording sound sublime and the sense of relaxation and freedom along with such lightly-worn virtuosity makes this a thoroughly absorbing and pleasure-filled hour of music.
Peter Bacon, The Jazz Breakfast
Here’s a gorgeous album by guitarist Ference Snetberger, who’s caught in a concert at Budapest’s Franz Liszt Academy of Music. He plays classical guitar here, and uses it in a variety of luscious moods. None of the titles are given a title, simply numbered as a “part” of a great whole. Rich classic sounds in “1”, rich Spanish fragrances in “3”, a dancing samba in “4” and hints of flamenco in “5” all include patience in his picking, strumming and touch. Wonderful spaciousness on the dreamy “8” , with the entire concert making you want to create your own impressionistic titles. A joy to the ears.
George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
It’s easy to hear the influence of Jim Hall in Snétberger’s more straight-ahead jazz playing, and it’s tempting at times to compare him to former ECM guitarist Pat Metheny, another Hall acolyte. But Snétberger’s command of flamenco, Gypsy jazz, and other syles, his ability to stitch these together so seamlessly, and the deceptively effortless manner in which he plays make it clear that this is a singular talent.
Greg Cahill, Acoustic Guitar