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Laszlo Gardony - Signature Time (2011)

SOURCE: Published: 2011-07-01
Laszlo Gardony Hungarian-born pianist Laszlo Gardony is an accomplished musician and composer, having graduated from Berklee and serving as a professor there for a number of years.

He's mingled with many of the best jazz has to offer: Dave Holland
Dave Holland
Dave Holland
b.1946
bass
, Miroslav Vitous
Miroslav Vitous
Miroslav Vitous
b.1947
bass
, David "Fathead" Newman
David
David "Fathead" Newman
1933 - 2009
sax, tenor
, Randy Brecker
Randy Brecker
Randy Brecker
b.1945
trumpet
, Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
b.1946
saxophone
and John Blake are all name artists he's worked with, some of them extensively.

Last month came Gardony's ninth album, Signature Time, and while the title might suggest a bunch of experiments in time signatures, the theme is really a tribute to the African heritage of so many music styles. For this album, the nine-year-old trio consisting of John Lockwood (bass) and Yoron Isreal (drums, vibraharp) performs, along with Stan Strickland on saxophone.



Not much seems to be going on until we reach the covers. That's when things start to get a little interesting. “Lady Madonna" is given a New Orleans funk treatment, “Lullaby Of Birdland" is reinvigorated with a circular loping bass figure and another Beatles song, “Eleanor Rigby" find Gardony dancing assertively over Lockwood and Israel's spirited groove. “Spirit Dance" features a delicate African folk chant by Strickland, the most overtly African, and best original of the album.


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