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Christian Artmann: The Middle of Life

Read "The Middle of Life" reviewed by Troy Dostert

As he continues to do his part in maintaining the relevance of the flute in contemporary jazz, Christian Artmann also provides plenty of food for thought in his wide-ranging, thoughtfully constructed compositions. There is a contemplative dimension to his vision, evident on Our Story (Sunnyside, 2018), which explored the interdependency of human relationships through the lens of his Buddhist faith; and it is also present on his latest release, which involves taking stock of this moment in the planet's fragile ...

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Laszlo Gardony: Close Connection

Read "Close Connection" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The close connection between pianist Laszlo Gardony, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel is clear and present in the music they produce together. With more than two decades of shared experiences on the bandstand and a fair number of very fine albums to boot, this crew thinks, breathes and moves as one. For this, their latest go-round following Life in Real Time (Sunnyside, 2015), and Gardony's post-pandemic return to studio recording, they split focus between originals from the leader's ...

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Yoron Israel: Visions – Tribute to Stevie Wonder

Read "Yoron Israel: Visions – Tribute to Stevie Wonder" reviewed by Howard Mandel

One of the enlightening insights drummer and bandleader Yoron Israel brings to Visions, The Music of Stevie Wonder is that Wonder's hits are true jazz compositions, with inherent swing and groove. Not only have the easy-to-love melodies of Stevland Hardaway Morris (b. May 13, 1950) become staples of the modern American soundtrack, they naturally trigger our most fundamentally human physical response: the graceful, unified movement of body and soul. The rhythmic impulse Yoron Israel and each member of ...

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Laszlo Gardony: Serious Play

Read "Serious Play" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Questo solo piano di Laszlo Gardony segue l'approccio usato nel 2013 in Clarity, quando, dopo vent'anni, riprese a incidere un disco senza accompagnatori (Changing Standards, Sunnyside 1993). Trasferitosi negli Stati Uniti alla fine degli anni ottanta per frequentare il Berklee College of Music (di cui poi è divenuto insegnante), il pianista ungherese realizzò alla fine di quel decennio alcuni dischi di rilievo, guidando un trio comprendente Miroslav Vitous (The Secret, Antilles 1986) e un'altro con Dave Holland e Bob Moses ...

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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 Maurizio Zerbo

Questa incisione conferma il progresso artistico di Laszlo Gardony, particolarmente sotto il profilo degli equilibri sonori. Arrivato al quattordicesimo album, il pianista espande per l'occasione la sua tavolozza timbrica, riservata fino ad oggi all'esplorazione delle possibilità espressive del trio con pianoforte-basso-batteria. Cambiano quindi le dinamiche e le strategie in questo concerto bostoniano, con l'apporto di tre ben noti sassofonisti. Grazie anche alla dimensione live, ritroviamo quell'intenso e coinvolgente gioco di relazioni che solo un bel concerto jazz può offrire. In ...

Album Review

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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