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Family Lore

Jackie Orszaczky
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Deserted Downtown

Jackie Orszaczky
Deserted Downtown

The Big 'O'
The Metro, The Sydney Morning Herald Feb 15
Adam Fulton

Towering inspiration, funk godfather and irreplaceable band leader were sentiments expressed for Jackie Orzsaaczky as a who's who of the local music scene joined a public wake  for the Sydney musician who died on February 3.
Several hundred people crowded into the Harold Park Hotel in Glebe on Sunday, with dozens overflowing onto the streets, to farewell Orszaczky, who was 59. The Hungarian born bass player was a fixture of the live scene in Sydney and beyond since the mid-1970's.
Live Hungarian folk songs filled the hotel as the throng reminisced informally. The Orszaczky's band of crack musicians stepped up to deliver their leader's trade mark New Orleans-soaked funk.
His partner, the vocalist Tina Harrod, with whom he had a daughter, sang with gusto and tributes flowed from his peers.
"It was like the spirit of Jackie enveloping  the whole stage there," Jeff Duff said."[He was] one of the all time great in Australian music."
Doug Williams said Orszaczky "established a lot of great sounds and taught a lot of musicians what 'feel' was about. Everyone looked at white people as non-goovers...he revised the whole theory on that."
Jon English said Orszaczky succeeded despite having a lot of things going against him when he came out" to Australia from Hungary. "He's a legend."
Orszaczky arrived with experimental rockers Syrius in 1970 and, after settling in Australia a few years later, became musical director for Marcia Hines. He went on to perform in scores of recordings as a session player and lead many bands of his own, from Jump Back Jack, who opened for the likes of Stevie Wonder and Al Jarreau, to the Godmothers and the Grandmasters. He also worked with acts such as You Am I, Savage Garden, the Whitlams, Renee Gayer, Grinspoon and Tim Finn.
Orszaczky had been receiving cancer treatment for cancer for nearly two years and died of lymphoma.
Glenn Wright, who owed the now-defunct Harbourside Brasserie in Walsh Bay, where Orszaczky had a residency for about 10 years, said his friend "always had a new project" and was working  on recordings "right up until the week before he died". Local musicinas had "lost their guru."
Master drummer Hamish Stuart said music was the "high ideal" for his long-time collaborator.
We'd be onstage in Budapest and there'd  be a lot of people there and it would be quite full-on - he's a big star over there - and you could see he was a bit like, 'Oh, y'know, just calm down because we are just going to play some tunes'...He didn't want a lot of fuss. He just wanted to play."

Family Lore

Vitamin is proud to announce the re-release of Family Lore, an album which sees Jackie Orszaczky at his finest. Possibly better known in the public domain for his musical arrangement on some of You Am I's and David Lane's latest releases, Family Lore is an album that showcases the truly diverse talents of this legendary funk allrounder. Jackie Orszaczky teams up here with his band of all-stars The Grandmasters, and the result is a very polished and timelessly groovy album.


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Matt Dickson, Rolling Stone Magazine

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