Lajos Dudas Trio: Live at Porgy & Bess (2013)
Dudas' composing is similar to that of the late alto saxophonist Art Pepper, 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's "In Walked Bud," typically a piano workout (considering its subject, pianist Bud Powell), 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