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Laszlo Gardony: Clarity

Solo-piano albums are usually the work of the most talented and audacious of pianists. Think Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Cecil Taylor and Keith Jarrett. Or recent solo efforts from Vijay Iyer, Geri Allen, Fred Hersch and Craig Taborn. Or, now, the new Sunnyside release from the generally underappreciated Laszlo Gardony. Clarity is actually Gardony’s second … Read More “Laszlo Gardony: Clarity”

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Dave Anderson Quartet: Clarity

In classical music, how you develop material is more important than its source. Simply put, “variations” always trump “themes.” Example: any of Elgar’s elaborately constructed Enigma Variations, as opposed to the original staid tune that gave birth to them. Similarly, in jazz, any improvisation is more interesting than the head, or melody. Which segues to … Read More “Dave Anderson Quartet: Clarity”

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