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Laszlo Gardony: Behind Open Doors

From the evidence of this CD, Gardony-born in Hungary, trained at Berklee and a jazz star in Europe-deserves to be better known here as well. A traditionally based pianist with a bluesy feel that lends a Kirk Lightsey-ish quality to some of his improvisations, Gardony finds kindred souls in bassist John Lockwood and longtime Dave Liebman drummer Jamey Haddad.

The disc opens with “Come With Me,” a medium-up original based on “Doxy” chord changes. Generally speaking, Gardony is agile and funky on uptempo pieces, and lugubrious, with thickly ebbing chords, on ballads such as Miles Davis’ “Blue in Green” and the title track. On another original, “Mystical,” Gardony’s rhythmic patterns suggest ripples in a pool.

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