Laszlo Gardony

Legend of Tsumi

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Laszlo Gardony, a classically-trained pianist from Hungary, moved to the U.S. in 1983. The most impressive aspect of this performance is how the pianist totally integrates his playing with that of his sidemen (bassist Dave Holland and drummer Bill Moses) so they speak in one unified voice. Moses is quite subtle throughout while Holland and Gardony follow each other's moves very closely. The leader's seven originals are not easy to play (often using tricky time signatures) yet all of the selections are heard in their first takes and there are never any signs of hesitation. The one flaw to the music is that at that point in time Laszlo Gardony sounded a great deal like Keith Jarrett, especially in his use of repetition and the infusion of folk melodies into a jazz setting. But otherwise, this is an easily recommended set of stimulating music.

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