Eugen Cicero – critics reverently called him the man with the „golden hands”. Over 40 years his name stood for pianistic virtuosity, phenomenal sense of rhythm and imaginative ingenuity.
On the other side of the Iron Curtain, he discovered swing as an authoritative source of inspiration, and
in the sixties, on a tour in Berlin, he personally immersed himself in the vibrant European jazz scene for the first time.
After this key experience, Cicero developed his personal, unmistakable style, the so called classic
swing, by means of which he was able to cast mainstream jazz and classical music into a new harmonic form. He masterfully connected works from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods with sophisticated harmonic sequences from jazz and an infectious rhythm – no one who had attempted such symbioses before him achieved a similarly inspired and technically accomplished result.
„Bucharest 1994“ contains both entertaining, technically demanding and documentarily indispensable
material from the early work of a rising virtuoso musician and the late work of an exceptional artist whom the jazz world lost far too early.