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Laszlo Gardony: Serious Play

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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 (The Legend of Tsumi, Antilles 1989). Dal duemila è rimasto stabilmente in casa Sunnyside realizzando album con varie formazioni, dal trio al sestetto.

Per realizzare quest'incisione Gardony ha pregato l'ingegnere del suono di lasciar andare il nastro, mentre lui dava libera espressione alla sua musica. Il risultato è un piano solo che si snoda con riflessiva profondità, in percorsi in equilibrio tra slanci melodici e il marcato gioco ritmico dei bassi. Accando alle sue libere improvvisazioni (che testimoniano la profonda cultura classico contemporanea del pianista) troviamo tre noti standard ricchi di riferimenti alla tradizione del pianismo jazz. Tra questi c'è nuovamente il coltraniano «Naima» che Gardony incise il quel primo piano solo del 1993: una versione ancora rispettosa dell'equilibrio lirico (introdotta dagli accordi di «Giant Steps») ma colorata da tumultuosi arpeggi.

Track Listing: Georgia on My Mind; Naima; Serious Play; Night Light; Forward Motion; Watchful Through the Night; Folk at Heart; Truth to Power; Reverberations; Over the Rainbow.

Personnel: Laszlo Gardony: piano.

Title: Serious Play | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Sunnyside Records

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