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Laszlo Gardony: Serious Play

Read "Serious Play" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The beauty of personal expression may be the greatest and most effective balm to soothe our hearts in troubled times. That's the message that pianist Laszlo Gardony gifts us with Serious Play. Following the approach used on Clarity (Sunnyside, 2013), Gardony delves deep into his own subconscious in real time to create a statement that's both comforting and weighty in tone. The bulk of the material presented herein was spontaneously composed, giving Gardony a chance to allow ...

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Laszlo Gardony: Life In Real Time

Read "Life In Real Time" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Life In Real Time is somewhat unique in that it's in the mold of Laszlo Gardony's previous recordings and a departure from the norm for that pianist of note. And just how is that possible? That's easy to answer: Gardony hews to his norm by working with his longtime trio mates--bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel--and he shies away from it by adding three saxophonists to the mix. In doing so, he highlights his musical relationship with Israel and ...

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Laszlo Gardony: Clarity

Read "Clarity" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Pianist Laszlo Gardony's Clarity is a single, composed on the spot, piano sonata comprising ten movements. The contemplative and intimate music bears marks of his various life experiences, from his classical training in his native Budapest to his career as a jazz educator at Boston's Berklee College of Music.Recorded in a single sitting in October 2012 Clarity is a reflection on life on the anniversary of his parent's passing. Opening with the mournful “Settling Of A Racing Mind" ...

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Laszlo Gardony: Clarity

Read "Clarity" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner


It is never a good idea to judge a book by its cover and even less so a music album. However, in the case of Lazlo Gardony's solo release Clarity the cover image depicting the pianist sitting at the piano as a young boy, accompanied by his stuffed bear, pretty much says it all.Full of bright, affirming innocence, the album's ten compositions display their emotional colors like the face of a child, unfolding with simple openness. There are ...

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Laszlo Gardony: Clarity

Read "Clarity" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It might be a bit bold to call pianist Laszlo Gardony's Clarity work a triumph of the human spirit, but indeed the ten spontaneous compositions presented are a testament to his purposeful character and allegiance to introspection.The Berklee College of Music professor was born in Budapest and grew up under the influence of European classical music, American rock, and the African-based music of jazz and blues. His main outlet for recordings these days is his trio with John ...

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Album Review

Laszlo Gardony: Signature Time

Read "Signature Time" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


As composer, Laszlo Gardony posits--without much opposition--that the inspiration of all modern music owes a debt to the “birthplace of culture and sound: Africa. As a composer and pianist he develops his hypothesis with Signature Time, an album of considerable and somewhat dark beauty. Driven by the percussive nature of African music--in almost continuous binary rhythms--Gardony's compositions and performance is supported by the rolling thunder of John Lockwood's bass and Yoron Israel's joyously dancing drums. Gardony also manages to capture ...

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Laszlo Gardony: Signature Time

Read "Signature Time" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


According to his liner notes, pianist Laszlo Gardony's Signature Time is “a tribute to all African-inspired sound." It's a tribute that recognizes the centrality of African music in so many contemporary genres, showing this recognition in the creation of some fine original music and the reworking of some classic songs. Gardony was born in Hungary but has been resident in the USA for some years. He's a professor of piano at Berklee and has worked with Dave ...


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