Lajos Dudas Trio: Live at Porgy & Bess (2013)

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Lajos Dudas Trio: Live at Porgy & Bess
Hungarian-German clarinetist Lajos Dudas has quite the résumé in Europe, with about 50 recordings to his credit. He has been around long enough to have had clarinetist Artie Shaw
Artie Shaw
Artie Shaw
1910 - 2004
clarinet
remark on his talent, but do not mistake his longevity with a marriage to the traditional mainstream of jazz; it is anything but. Dudas has adventurous spirit that seeks to probe the same sonic areas as Jimmy Giuffre
Jimmy Giuffre
Jimmy Giuffre
1921 - 2008
clarinet
's 1960s trio, albeit in a somewhat more behaved fashion. The present live outing, recorded in Vienna, Austria's Porgy & Bess club finds the clarinetist leading an understated guitar-bass trio through a spirited and impressionist collection of original and standard compositions that clearly heated the club like quiet fire.

Dudas' composing is similar to that of the late alto saxophonist Art Pepper
Art Pepper
Art Pepper
1925 - 1982
sax, alto
, with freely played melodies tacked down with complex heads and interludes. The lengthy opener, "Soft Waves" is characterized by some magic from Dudas' longtime guitarist, Philipp van Ender, with the clarinetist insinuating himself into what sounds like free jazz barely tethered by a recurring theme. The originals "Maydance" and "Back to L.A." bear the same characteristics. Pianist Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
's "In Walked Bud," typically a piano workout (considering its subject, pianist Bud Powell
Bud Powell
Bud Powell
1924 - 1966
piano
), is given breezy attention, Dudas sliding the theme over itself while van Endert holds down the harmonic fort. "Embraceable You" is the straightest piece in the recital, subtly textured and finely applied. Live at Porgy & Bess employs an intimate band format in an equally intimate and receptive venue. A fine performance.

Track Listing: Soft Waves; Reni’s Ballad; Homage to O.P.; In Walked Bud; Embraceable You; Rumpelstilzchen; May Dance; Back to L.A.; Night and Day.

Personnel: Lajos Dudas: clarinet; Philipp van Endert: guitar; Leonard Jones: bass.

Record Label: JazzSick Records

Style: Modern Jazz


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