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.
I love jazz because it expresses things so deep that I can't transform in words.
I met John Pizzarelli.
The best show I ever attended was MASP in São Paulo Brazil.
The first jazz record I bought was a Baby Dodds CD.
My heroes on drums: Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Vernell Fournier,
Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Daniel Humair, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Cozy Cole,
Sonny Greer, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Tony Sbarbaro, Vic Berton, Edison Machado, Milton Banana, Rubens Barsotti.
My heroes in jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson,
Barney Kessel, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Jelly Roll Morton.