Excellent choice. Many treasures to be found on the Hungaraton label in the 1970s and 1980s, especially by composers of the Budapest New Music Studio (Jeney and Sary were both founding members). I've yet to find a dud on that label. Zsolt Durko is another favourite. Do you have any other recommendations? Hungaraton also did that amazing edition of Bartok's works. Sorry for replying late and I don't have my records here, but I would recommend really almost anything by the New Music Studio composers (I'm particularly fond of Zoltan Jeney). Hungaroton also released a string of excellent electronic/electroacoustic records by Hungarian composers. And there's Kurtág, of course... (I'm not an expert on "straight" classical music, but given the high quality of so much contemporary/avant-garde releases on the label, I would imagine their standards to be pretty high there too. The Bartok edition you mentioned is a case in point.) now listening to Endre Szekely on Hungaroton (this time I spelled it correctly). More great stuff, especially a trio for percussion, piano and cello. Thanks for the Kurtag recommendation--that's one composer I really need to check out.
haha the allmusic reviewer had following choice words for the cover (and the album i guess) "If things weren't dismal enough, the album cover, looking as though drawn by a fashion-school dropout, is possibly one of the worst ever". I always liked the album a lot and am listening to it right now Thanks for posting the cover. When I'm playing the record I always display the back cover because the front is so gaudily awful. The music, however, is wonderful. That's a great rendition of "The Hard Blues" and Hemphill's playing on the title cut makes the David Sanborn connection even less surprising.