"Formidable improviser who lives in the moment."
- Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes
Laszlo Gardony Quartet CD Release Show for Clarity with Special Guests, Bill Pierce & Don Braden
Featuring: Laszlo Gardony, piano
John Lockwood, bass
Yoron Israel, drums
Stan Strickland, vocals, flute, bass clarinet
Bill Pierce, sax
Don Braden, sax
Laszlo Gardony is a critically acclaimed artist who has brought his soulful improvisations and compositions to audiences in 24 countries. Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Gardony has been called “a pianist worthy of praise within the highest pantheon of performers” – Jazz Review.com and “a great pianist” by Dave Brubeck. He has released ten albums, leading groups that included Dave Holland, Miroslav Vitous, Mick Goodrick, Jamey Haddad, Bob Moses, Yoron Israel, John Lockwood among others.
Gardony's new release, "Clarity" (Sunnyside) is an emotionally taut solo piano album recorded in one continuous, inspired session. The CD will be released on May 7, 2013. Sunnyside Records’ press release introduces “Clarity” as: "A soul-bearing album full of rhythmic variety, melodic discovery and an abundance of grace."
Gardony’s previous CD “Signature Time” (Sunnyside) features his trio of ten years, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel, as well as multi-instrumentalist/vocalist, Stan Strickland.
As a sideman, Gardony recorded and toured with Yoron Israel's High Standards Quartet, The Wayfaring Strangers, Marco Pignataro, Shelley Neill and Garrison Fewell. He has performed with the David “Fathead” Newman Quintet at numerous jazz festivals. Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman and John Blake appeared as guest soloists with his group. Gardony has been featured with the Boston Pops, the Utah Symphony and The Smithsonian Institute’s Traveling Duke Ellington Exhibit. He was also commissioned to arrange his original compositions for The Danish Radio Big Band.
Gardony has been praised for his “fluid pianism” by The New York Times and for his “uniformly high quality of compositions” by All About Jazz Magazine. JazzTimes has called him “one of contemporary music’s truly original voices.” and “a formidable soloist who lives in the moment.” Laszlo has been living in Boston for the past twenty five years, where he is a Professor of Piano at Berklee College of Music.