Titok is the latest offering from ECM. And it is remarkable in the wholeness of ist realization. ...
He wrote all 13 songs here, and they reflect diverse influences: Roma music („Alom“); Europaen classical („Renaissance“); Latin („Orange Tango“); jazz (most of the rest). But these cultural references are almost incidental to Snétberger´s encompassing aestethic.
Titok is warm, elegant music, unassuming inits romaticism, firm in ist substance, organic in ist natural, unhurried flow. In seperable from allue of this album is ECM´s excellent recorded sound. The sonic glow of Snétberger´s acoustic nylon-string guitar is as sensual as a caress.
Five of the 13 pieces are in-studio improvisations. They sound almost a jewel-like and complete as longstanding Snétberger compositions like „Kék Kerék“ wich is a quietly dramatic unfolding of inevitable melody.
The rythm section here assures that Snétberger´s light touch will be applied in a context of intesity. Bassist Anders Jormin and drummer Joey Baron have appeared on many ECM recordings but never together.. baron´s brushes are like flickering fire. Jormin is a special atmospheric recource, offering haunting pizzicato on „Álom“, lingering arco on „Leolo“ and resonat blends with Snétberger´s guitar throughout.
Thomas Conrad, Jazztimes Magazin October 2017
What really impresses is the lovely balance struck between, on the one hand, the natural empathy between the leader and his fellow trio members, double bassist, Anders Jormin, and drummer Joey Baron, and, on the other, the ever melodic spontaneous conversations that the trio enter into. […] Quietly, this album gently gets under the skin and slowly, but surely, occupies the soul. There is nothing overtly flashy about Ferenc Snétberger’s style of playing. Just an overriding feeling of deep musicality.
Tim Stenhouse, UK Vibe
All the music is written by Snétberger and all 13 tracks are fairly concise. Some, like the delightfully melodic ‘Kék Kerék’, sound like folk songs, others have a chamber-jazz feel with the leader’s instrument inevitably reminding of the classical guitar repertoire, and some even sound like standards. Snétberger has a precise touch, flowing improvisational mind, and imparts each piece with a generous heart, a grace fully embraced by his sensitive fellows.
Peter Bacon, London Jazz News
Featuring Swedish bassist Anders Jormin and American drummer Joey Baron, the recording has a subtle balance of melodic improvisation and interaction between guitar, bass and drums. The cumulative effect is sensational with Snétberger’s classical training and his love of Latin American music permeating throughout. […] This is a recording that will delight fans not only of jazz guitar, but those who like their jazz elegant, sensitive and melodic.
Ian Lomax, Jazz Journal
‘Titok’ represents absolutely ego free playing at its highest level. The trio is adept at functioning in different roles seamlessly, as an example Snétberger is equally at home leading a melodic line or improvising out front as he is circling and enhancing the rhythmic activity of Jormin and Baron. […] ‘Titok’ is another engaging look at Ferenc Snétberger’s singing acoustic guitar tone, and substantial improvisational ideas. As noted in the review of ‘In Concert’, Snétberger’s technique is indeed formidable but it never gets in the way of the music. He is on par with the Scofield, Metheny, McLaughlin, Frisell and DeLucia and is quite underrated. Very rarely are albums this good, and with a stellar trio and material, the album makes a strong case for being one of the year’s best.
CJ Shearn, Jazz Views
Ferenc Snetberger’s style is just as distinctive in this trio setting as it was solo: blending classical, jazz, Gypsy jazz, and Latin American musics, but melded together into a singular voice. Jormin and Baron are completely attuned—nylon-string guitar fans should take note.
Mark Sullivan, All About Jazz
Hungarian guitarist Ferenc Snétberger is fairly new to the ECM Records roster, making a huge impact with his solo debut ‘In Concert’ a few years ago, but is now back in a big way with a trio that also features drummer Joey Baron and double bassist Anders Jormin. Their debut together is titled ‘Titok’, which is comprised of 13 tracks of inspired arrangements and plenty of sizzling musical interplay between the three players. From the outset, Barons steady rhythms allow Snétberger & Jormin to weave some incredible melodies around each other […] As daring as some of these compositions are, theres a certain subtlety that is also quite refreshing, as none of the players goes too far out into charts unknown but still manage to dazzle nonetheless. […] ‘Titok’ is a lovely little album with a nice mix of more exploratory pieces as well as shorter, charming compositions. Lets hope we hear more from this dazzling trio in the years to come.
Pete Pardo, Sea of Tranquility