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Dresch Mihály

saxophone, saxophone - tenor, saxophone - soprano, bass clarinet, recorder

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

10 July 1955 Budapest

Outstanding representative of Hungarian jazz music, excellent saxophone player with a unique music world based on Hungarian folk music and jazz.

He started to play music relatively late, at the age of seventeen – influenced by Johnny Griffin, he wanted to become a saxophone player. First he visited the pre-school of the Jazz Conservatory, later he was accepted to the Jazz Department of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, where he graduated in 1979.

In the beginning he was mainly interested in the classical American black jazz, the gospel and the spiritual. From the early ‘80s he regularly gave concerts with renowned Hungarian jazz musicians. He founded his first quartet in 1984, although the line-up of the band has changed frequently. His music partners were István Grencsó (wind instruments), Róbert Benkő (bass) and István Baló (drums) while making following albums: "Sóhajkeserű" (1985), "Hazafelé" (On the way home - 1987) and "Gondolatok a régiekről" (Thoughts on the old masters - 1990). He recorded his next CD, "Zeng a lélek" (The soul resounds - released in 1993) with Tamás Geröly (drums) and Félix Lajkó (violin). Two years later they released a new album together, titled "..Folyondár..." (...Convolvulus...), but a new member, Ferenc Kovács (violin, trumpet) took over Lajkó’s place. In 1998 the formation recorded its next album, "Révészem, révészem..." (My ferryman, my ferryman).

Since 1998 István Baló has been playing the drums in the quartet again and the young Mátyás Szandai has become the new bass player. The first album of the new formation was released in England with the title Riding the Wind in 2000. One year later, it was followed by Quiet as it is and in 2002 by the Hungarian bebop. Latter album, which was recorded with the co-operation of Archie Shepp, raised huge international attention. Their next album (Straight music, 2004) won the title Best Hungarian Jazz Album of the Year at the voting of the Gramofon magazine.

Mihály Dresch recorded an album with Mihály Borbély in 2006 under the title "Te + Te" (You + You). Their last album, Árgyélus, was released in 2007.

Mihály Dresch has been invited to a number of prestigious festivals and jazz clubs. He performed at the Jazz & Wine Festival in Italy, the Festival Jazzcb in France, the Kalisz Festival in Poland, the Jazz Brugge Festival in Belgium, the London Jazz Festival, the JazzFest Wien, and in the New Morning Club in Paris. Throughout his career he’s performed and recorded albums with such famous artists as John Tchicai, Archie Shepp, Roscoe Mitchell, Chico Freeman, Lee Konitz, David Murray and Dewey Redman. Although Dresch has developed a totally unique world of music, he’s never seceded from mainstream jazz and still plays one or two eternal classics on his latest albums as well.


2005 Jazz Musician of the Year by the Gramofon magazine
2007 Liszt Prize
2011 Merited Artist
2022 Kossuth Prize
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1982 Debreceni Dzsessznapok 1981 Krém SLPX 17706 LP
1983 180-as csoport I.
(Group 180 - I.)
Hungaroton SLPX 12545 LP / Reissue on CD: HCD 12545 (1995)
1985 Dresch Quartet - Peti Jubilarni Internacionalni Susret Dzez Muzicara "Naissus Jazz '85" Magánkiadás LPD-20001244 LP - Nis Philharmonic Orchestra Hall, Nis, Yugoslavia, 28. October 1985
1985 Dresch Quartet: Sóhajkeserű Magánkiadás Jazz Studium No. 3 (MC) MC - Bem rakpart, Budapest, 3th May 1985
1987 Tickmayer Formatio: Monumentomanija Maleroznog Prvoborca Nikad Robom 008 cassette (MC)
1987 Dresch Mihály: Hazafelé Magánkiadás Jazz Studium No. 6. (MC) Own
1988 Dresch Quartet: Live in Cologne Hungaroton LP - 10th Jazzhaus Festival, Cologne, 22 April 1988
1989 György Szabados, MAKUZ-Zenekar: A Szarvassá vált fiak Krém SLPX 37215 LP
1989 Dresch Quartet: Sóhajkeserű Krém SLPX 37212 Own
1990 Dresch Mihály Quartet: Gondolatok a régiekről Adyton 002 Own
1991 Szabados György és a MAKUZ: Homoki zene
(Sand Music)
Hungaroton Adyton 005
1992 Szabados György: Elfelejtett énekek
(Forgotten Songs)
Fonó Records FA-012-2
1993 Dresch Dudás Mihály Quartet: Zeng a lélek Adyton 006 Own
1995 180-as csoport I.
(Group 180 - I.)
Hungaroton HCD 12545 Reissue of Hungaroton SLPX 12545 (1983)
1995 Dresch Dudás Mihály Quartett: ...Folyondár... Adyton ADYTON 007 Own
1996 Binder Quintet featuring John Tchicai Binder Music Manufactory BMM 9606 Originally released: Krém (H) SLPX 17759 (LP) - Hungaroton Gong, 1983
1996 Dresch Quartet: Túl a vizen Fonó Records FA-013-2
1996 SzaMaBa: Opus Magnum Tandem Records
1997 Dresch Dudás Mihály: Hűs-ég Fonó Records FA-025-2 Own
1998 Dresch Dudás Mihály Quartett: Révészem, révészem...
(Dresch Dudás Mihály Quartett: Ferryman, Ferryman...)
Fonó Records FA-037-2 Own
1998 Major Balázs: Betyársors
(Balázs Major: Fate Of Outlaw)
Oktopus Multimédia Intézet OMI-9801 CD
1998 Kőszegi Group: Power of Soul - Live in Budapest FON-Trade Music SP-97015
1998 Szabados György: Jelenés
Fonó Records FA-038-2
1999 Szabados György: Az események titkos története
(The Secret History of the Events)
Fonó Records FA-068-2 2 CDs. Also contains the album Sons Turned into Stags first released as: Hungaroton SLPX 37215, 1989, LP
2000 Balázs Elemér Quintet: Always That Moment BMC Records BMC CD 037
2000 Dresch Quartet: Mozdulatlan utazás
(Dresch Quartet: Riding the Wind)
November Music FA-084-2
2000 Trio Midnight featuring Lee Konitz: On Track Wellington-Universal WELL CD 2000
2001 Dresch Mihály: Szép csendesen
(Mihály Dresch: Quiet As It Is)
BMC Records BMC CD 055 Own
2001 Gadó Gábor: Homeward BMC Records BMC CD 056
2002 Lantos Zoltán' Mirrorworld: Tiptoe ceremony BMC Records BMC CD 078
2002 Horgas Eszter Arcai III. - Class Jazz Band: Spanish Night - Live Concert Gramy Records GR-034
2002 Dresch Mihály Quartet/Archie Shepp: Hungarian Bebop BMC Records BMC CD 066 Own
2002 Balázs Elemér Group: Around The World BMC Records BMC CD 064
2002 Winand Gábor: Corners of My Mind BMC Records BMC CD 057
2004 Dresch Quartet: Egyenes zene
(Dresch Quartet: Straight Music)
BMC Records BMC CD 093 Own
2005 Hungarian Jazz Store BMC HMIC BMC PCD 016 Not for sale - only for promotion / 4 CDs
2006 Borbély-Dresch Quartet: Te+Te Fonó Budai Zeneház FA-222-2
2006 Dresch Quartet: Élő nád
(Dresch Quartet: Live Reeds)
X-produkció XP 025 Own
2006 Kovács Ferenc: Hat6k Gramy Records GR-064
2007 Szabados György és a Magyar Királyi Udvari Zenekar (MAKUZ): Készülődés a csatára GyőrFree HCD 347
2007 Dresch Mihály Quartet: Árgyélus BMC Records BMC CD 131 Own
2009 Tartim BMC Records BMC CD 150
2009 Dresch Quartet: Ritka madár
(Dresch Quartet: Rare Bird)
X-produkció XP 037
2010 Dresch / Gilchrist / Szandai / Drake: Sharing the Shed BMC Records BMC CD 174 Own
2011 Dresch Quartet: Fuhun Periferic Records FA2652
2013 Dresch Mihály Quartet: Kapu és kert Periferic Records FA289-2
2014 Szabados György: Szabad Egyensúlyok GyőrFree
2016 Eastern European Sounds IF Music IFMR002
2016 Tördelős Periferic Records FA3812
2016 Dresch Mihály Quartet, Chris Potter: Zea
(Mihály Dresch Quartet with Chris Potter: Zea)
BMC Records BMC CD 235
2018 Modern Art Orchestra Plays Béla Bartók: Tizenöt magyar parasztdal
(Modern Art Orchestra Plays Béla Bartók: 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs)
BMC Records BMC CD 265