Although he achieved recognition for his work in new age, pianist Szakcsi
surprised many listeners with his inventive 1994 GRP release Straight Ahead
, which found him leading a trio/quartet through a set of acoustic jazz originals. Szakcsi
enrolled in the Budapest Secondary School of Music at the age of 12 and had originally planned to be a jazz pianist. In his 20s he played in Europe with Art Farmer
, Charlie Mariano
, and Slide Hampton
eventually became an instrumental pop star, but on his GRP date he showed that possibly there is life after new age.