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I’ve heard Laszlo Gardony’s music referred to as “Post-Bop.” That sounds right to me, in that Gardony has a strong basis in Bop, but he sometimes slides into the sweet notes, familiar harmonies, and hot swinging beats that classical Bop seemed determined to shun. The new CD, Life In Real Time, has all the best elements of Gardony’s music. It’s a keeper.
The seven tracks on this CD provide a lot of music, both in elapsed time and creativity. That creativity centers on harmonies and, especially, on rhythms. And underneath it all, you hear a sense of joy.
If you’re familiar with Gardony, the first track of this CD is a little outside the usual sophistication of his band’s work. BOURBON STREET BOOGIE is a head-bobbing, compulsive, 1-4-5-1 old school number. Made me think of Dick Clark, because it “has a great beat, and makes you want to dance.”
BREAKOUT opens with what feels like a one-to-one drum solo. Israel is telling me something not just about rhythm, but also about his feelings of tone, texture, and color. Then, saxophonists Braden and Pierce jump in like a couple of kids turned loose in a playground.
I’ve heard GEMSTONES often at Gardony’s live gigs, but it comes up fresh and new each time. In this hearing, Gardony’s soft, reflective piano solo contrasts with the vigorous work of the three sax men, all supported by the solid foundation of Lockwood’s bass and Israel’s drums.
LULLABY OF BROADWAY (by George Shearing) and MOTHERLESS CHILD (a traditional spiritual) are great examples of what Gardony does with old familiar tunes. His unconventional arrangement of harmonies and rhythms is really tight in the ensemble work, and seems to set the solos on fire.
On NEW SONG and THE OTHER ONE, the band often sounds much larger than six men, especially in the transitions from solo to ensemble. And speaking of solos, Lockwood’s bass is sensitive and deeply felt, while Strickland can produce an amazing variety of sounds and moods from his sax and especially his bass clarinet.
The final track, OUT ON TOP, reminds me of being in one of those dark, crowded clubs that served bad drinks and great jazz, sitting with eyes closed, head bopping, lost in the music. This track is a new classic jazz standard.
LIFE IN REAL TIME was recorded by a sextet consisting of Laszlo Gardony (leader, composer, arranger, piano), John Lockwood (bass), Yaron Israel (percussion), Stan Strickland (saxophone, bass clarinet), Don Braden (saxophone), and Bill Pierce (saxophone).