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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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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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Laszlo Gardony: Dig Deep

Read "Dig Deep" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

One favorite and under-appreciated pianist has been Hungarian-born Laszlo Gardony. His emigration to the United States in 1983 began a career in which his first albums (on both Antilles and Sunnyside) established a firmly swinging piano trio setting. Although the '90s were not a productive era, he has had four releases since 2001.

Dig Deepshows how the years have added to the pianist's sense of lyricism and rhythm. The opener, “In Transit," smacks of the early '60s soul-jazz ...

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Laszlo Gardony: Natural Instinct

Read "Natural Instinct" reviewed by Tom Greenland

Who said “those who can't play teach ? It's not necessarily true, as some of the best jazz musicians can be found hiding out in institutions of higher learning. Laszlo Gardony is a case in point: Hungarian-born and Boston-bred (he attended Berklee School of Music), the classically trained pianist/composer has been nurturing the creative talents of jazz's next generation for some years now. His latest release, Natural Instinct, features drummer Yoron Israel and fellow Beantowner John Lockwood, ...

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Laszlo Gardony: You Can't Take Your Ax On The Road

Read "Laszlo Gardony: You Can't Take Your Ax On The Road" reviewed by Laszlo Gardony

I love my piano. It stands in the middle of my living room. Every time I play it, it feels like I am connecting to an external part of me. There is a bond that is special and fragile. Last December when I spent a lot of time writing music on my piano, an acquaintance came by and played on my instrument in an insensitive, fearful and disrespectful way. I felt that the vibe around my piano and the bond ...

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Laszlo Gardony: Natural Instinct

Read "Natural Instinct" reviewed by John Kelman

While he's never quite made it into the limelight, Hungarian-born pianist Laszlo Gardony has nevertheless managed to build a small but critically praised body of work since moving to the US in the mid-1980s. Far from revolutionary, Gardony has carved a solid niche for himself by combining elements of his home country's folk music with an accessible mainstream style. Natural Instinct is a logical progression for an artist who doesn't grow in leaps and bounds, but instead continues to solidify ...

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Laszlo Gardony: Natural Instinct

Read "Natural Instinct" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

What with Nils Petter Molvaer and the Ilhan Ersahin/Erik Truffaz duo twiddling the knobs, working hard to create a kind of trumpet electronica (not to mention the chaabi-electronica experiments of Bugge Wesseltoft and Michy Mano, and whatever it is that Jim Black is creating), modern plugged-in jazz is beginning to resemble a research lab. Those kinds of innovations are appreciated and to be encouraged, of course. All the same, it's nice to know that folks like Laszlo Gardony are keeping ...


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