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Laszlo Gardony: Natural Instinct

This piano trio album gets off to an unpromising start. The opening title track repeats its single rhythmic hook and single circular melodic idea in the vain hope that they will become infectious. The second piece, “Revolution,” is revolutionary only in that it, too, goes round and round. They are Laszlo Gardony originals. The third tune, “Hidden Message,” is by Gardony’s son Aaron. It possesses potential for intrigue, as the piano’s spare chords and small suggestive figures float over bassist John Lockwood’s extended ostinato. “Hidden Message” could generate incantatory resonance if Gardony’s pianistic subtleties contained more inner urgency. But his light-handed caution creates a quality of blandness. At times his repetitiousness sounds like Abdullah Ibrahim without the submerged fire.

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