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World Music CD Reviews Jazz

Laszlo Gardony

By Robert Kaye
Published March 30, 2007

Natural Instinct
Sunnyside Records

Joined by drummer Yoron Israel and bassist John Lockwood, Hungarian-born pianist/composer Gardony performs original compositions and arrangements on this intimate, jazz piano trio album. If jazz piano trio recordings make your world go around, this will be spinning in your player for quite some time. Gardony’s résumé precedes him: He’s Professor of Piano at Berklee College of Music, has released over a half dozen albums as a bandleader, and has performed in 22 countries. He’s also won numerous awards and worked with Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie, David “Fathead” Newman, Freddie Hubbard, John Blake Jr., Joe Lovano, Randy Brecker, and many others. The tight interplay amongst Gardony, Lockwood and Israel is impressive, and careful listening reveals numerous subtleties of rhythm and arrangement. There’s hardly an iota of “world music” here as most would understand that phrase, but it is a great American-derived jazz trio outing.