Artist database

This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Babos Gyula


26 June 1949 Budapest - 12 April 2018 Budapest

Guitarist, composer, arranger, and professor at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Gyula Babos is one of the best known personalities of jazz life in Hungary. He was hardly 17 when he won the Jazz Competition of the Hungarian Radio in 1966, and since that time his goal has been to make his mark on the international music scene with compositions rooted in Hungarian folk and Gypsy music. After joining and founding several groups (the Aladár Pege Quintet, Kex, Rákfogó, Kőszegi Rhythm and Brass, Saturnus, BDSZ Collection, the Babos Trio and Quartet) and participating in European jazz festivals, in 1989 he produced his first solo album, called In 'n Out, which contains his own compositions – just like Blue Victory, his second release, recorded in 1994, with Victor Bailey, Terri Lyne Carrington, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, and the late George Jinda. The album was released in twelve European countries. He made his third solo album for Sony Columbia in 1998, entitled Once upon a time..., which is the realization of his intention to fuse jazz with Hungarian and Gypsy folk traditions in his own way. The material was recorded with the Babos Project Romani. Babos introduced the group not only in Europe, but also in England and in Israel at the Red Sea Festival. Seventy-five Minutes Live, his latest release features the celebrated percussionist Trilok Gurtu. On this album, East-, West- and Middle-Eastern Europe meet in Babos’ music. Besides recording and composing (film and cartoon scores included), he is also a producer for pop and contemporary artists. One of his greatest dreams was fulfilled when in 1991 he played with Frank Zappa in front of an audience of thirty thousand people in Budapest.

1991 eMeRTon Prize
2003 Gábor Szabó Prize
2008 Liszt Award
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Aladár Pege: Aladár Pege's 60th Birthday Concert Magánkiadás PEGE 5
1977 Csaba Deseő Jazz Quintet & Friends: Ultraviola Hungaroton PDKCD0050
1978 Tomsits Jazz Group: Álom és valóság
(Tomsits Jazz Group: Dream and reality)
Pepita SLPX 17549 LP
1979 Figyelem Felvétel - Éjszaka a stúdióban
(Figyelem Felvétel - Session at Night)
Pepita SLPX 17566
1980 Saturnus Pepita SLPX 17602
1982 Debreceni Dzsessznapok 1981 Krém SLPX 17706 LP
1982 Saturnus: Csigaházak Krém SLPX 17693
1982 Rudolf Tomsits Studioband Amiga 8 55 936
1984 Bratislava Jazz Days 1982 Opus 9115 1404-05
1985 Reneszánsz Pop
(Renaissance Pop)
Hungaroton SLPX 12575 LP / Reissue on CD: HCD 12575 (1985)
1987 Bratislava Jazz Days 1984 Opus 9115 1652-53 2 LPs
1988 Babos Gyula: Kinn és benn
(In 'n' Out)
Hungaroton SLPX 37143 Own
1990 Sham Krém SLPX37376 Own
1991 Hungarian Jazz Antology 1991 Hungaroton HCD 37553
1994 Babos: Blue Victory Columbia Columbia 477891 Own
1995 Pege Aladár: Hungarian Jazz Workshop No. 2 Hungaroton HCD 37790
1995 Babos, Kőszegi, Pege, Tomsits: Take 4 Start H 4034437
1997 Take 4: Take More Magánkiadás
1997 Something New, Something Old Pannon Jazz PJ 1027
1998 Babos Project Romani: Egyszer volt
(Once Upon a Time)
Columbia Own
1998 Csárdáskirálynő Jazz Magánkiadás Own
2001 Funky Violin Hungaroton HCD 71045 Compilation / Hungarian Jazz History 5.
2004 Babos Project Romani feat. Trilok Gurtu: Hetvenöt Perc
(Babos Project Romani featuring Trilok Gurtu: 75 Minutes)
Magánkiadás 00002 Own
2005 Hungarian Jazz Store BMC HMIC BMC PCD 016 Not for sale - only for promotion / 4 CDs
2005 Örömkoncert 2005
(Concert of Joy 2005)
Magánkiadás DVD - Not for sale
2007 Blues egy trombitásért Magánkiadás AE521268
2009 Figyelem Felvétel - Éjszaka a Stúdióban
(Figyelem Felvétel - Session at night)
Alexandra Records PDKCD0049
2009 Columbus Jazz Nights Vol.1 - Live At The Columbus Jazz Ship Hunnia Records HRCD 922
2010 Babos: Rapsodia Hunnia Records HRCD1005
2014 Babos: Balance Hunnia Records HRCD1414
2016 Babos' Makrokozmosz BMC Records BMC CD 234