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

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Lajos Dudas Trio: Live at Porgy & Bess
Vienna's Porgy & Bess Jazz Club is approaching its twentieth anniversary as an international—but intimate—venue for top jazz talent from Europe and beyond. It's the perfect setting for this live recording from the Lajos Dudas Trio. A Hungarian native living in Germany, clarinetist Dudas is teamed with long-time collaborator, guitarist Phillipp van Endert and bassist Leonard E. Jones
Leonard E. Jones
Leonard E. Jones
b.1943
bass, acoustic
. Jones—a seminal member of the AACM—has played with Muhal Richard Abrams
Muhal Richard Abrams
Muhal Richard Abrams
b.1930
piano
, Sonny Simmons
Sonny Simmons
Sonny Simmons
b.1933
sax, alto
and Mal Waldron
Mal Waldron
Mal Waldron
1926 - 2002
piano
in the course of his accomplished career. For his part, Dudas has worked with Karl Berger
Karl Berger
Karl Berger
b.1935
band/orchestra
, Albert Mangelsdorff
Albert Mangelsdorff
Albert Mangelsdorff
1928 - 2005
trombone
and Attila Zoller
Attila Zoller
Attila Zoller
1927 - 1998
guitar
among the more familiar names in the U.S. Endert's equally impressive resume includes gigs with Kenny Wheeler
Kenny Wheeler
Kenny Wheeler
1930 - 2014
trumpet
, Mike Stern
Mike Stern
Mike Stern
b.1953
guitar
and Danny Gottlieb
Danny Gottlieb
Danny Gottlieb
b.1953
drums
.

Live at Porgy & Bess features four original tracks penned by Dudas along with an assortment of time-tested standards. Stylistically, the collection strikes its equilibrium between tradition and subtle innovation. The drummer- less trio adeptly sustains a natural connection between the strings and clarinet while allowing each player to move outside their respective comfort zones. The ten-minute opener, "Soft Waves" is a quiet, controlled piece with somewhat more loosely structured solo performances from Dudas and Endert. The pair takes a more forceful approach on "Reni's Ballad" where their improvisations feel more melodically incidental.

Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
's "In Walked Bud" gets a multi-faceted treatment from the trio. In a moderate swing tempo, Dudas adds light ornamentation before Endert and Jones take the lead, transforming the piece with a bit of Eastern European folk sentiment. That proves to be another transition leading to Endert's own intricate, fast-paced solo. Covers of George Gershwin
George Gershwin
George Gershwin
1898 - 1937
composer/conductor
's "Embraceable You" and Attila Zoller
Attila Zoller
Attila Zoller
1927 - 1998
guitar
's "Rumpelstilzchen" are respectful of the original while the improvisations seems to float above the main theme.

As agreeably harmonious as the performances on Live at Porgy & Bess are there is plenty of diversity evident. Among Dudas's original compositions "Maydance" has a distinct samba rhythm while "Back to L.A." is blues inspired and culminates with Endert displaying his rock riffs. Cole Porter
Cole Porter
Cole Porter
1891 - 1964
composer/conductor
's "Night and Day" ends the program with the same amiable vein as it opened. Live at Porgy & Bess is an atmospheric collection with a uniquely direct and lyrical style. Dudas and company consistently instill their sense of melody with subtle swing and pleasant improvisation.

Track Listing: Soft Waves; Reni's Ballad; Homage to O.P.; In Walked Bud; Embraceable You; Rumpelstilzchen; Maydance; 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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