Fresh and clean, the jazz pop trio from Hungary called Mizar debuts their first international release, called Natural Design.  Reminiscent of 80s soft jazz and pop, the group’s tunes often call on a world beat flavor to add international dimension .  Lead singer Fanni Sarkozy’s vocals are smooth and mellow, even soothing.  And the overall feel of Natural Design is up tempo with warm tones.  Track 7, A Tale of Two Hearts, is my personal favorite and offers up some gorgeous violins and treats you to a dose of traditional Hungary seeping into the mix, just to remind you where you are.

I’ve enjoyed getting to know this CD, and it seems I’m far from the only one.  Smoothjazz.com, a longtime favorite internet stop among jazz fans, has been giving Mizar air time on their online radio station.  Several jazz radio stations around the U.S. have been taking notice and spinning their tracks as well.  And that beloved of jazz magazines Jazziz?  They’re calling them “engaging and atmospheric“.   And carp(e), a smaller fish in the big pond of indie music (that’s me in case you hadn’t yet noticed where you’ve landed), thinks the original Mizar, famed star of the Big Dipper, may have a bit of shining competition.  This jazzy version of its celestial self has its own way of expression:  smooth jazz drawing on various eras and cultures to build its own Natural Design.

Want to win your own copy of the Natural Design CD by Mizar?  I’ve got 3 to give away!  Scroll below the video clip for entry rules (but be sure to give the music a listen first!)

Video: While Natural Design is performed in English, the below Szombat Reggel is in Hungarian.

Multiple Options for Multiple Entries:

1.) Just tell me what you enjoy about Mizar’s music based on the above clip. Or visit BeagleBeat and tell me what else you liked there and why. (***You may enter once a day, but please list a new item you like each time.) Remember, leave an interesting comment. If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Blog about, Twitter, and/or Subscribe! Get an extra entry for each of these activities.  This time just leave a separate comment for each (only one time for each extra activity completed), giving me a link to your blog post, your Twitter name, and/or a note saying you’re a subscriber. (Subscribe in the upper right!)

(Psst!  My Twitter name is dkMommy.)

Feel free to do all four to gather multiple entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Wednesday, May 7, 2010, to enter.