"The album [Clarity (Sunnyside)] is unusually intimate, as if we're overhearing a great pianist's most private musings."
- Bill Beuttler, JazzTimes
Laszlo Gardony Quartet
Featuring: Laszlo Gardony, piano, composer, arranger
Stan Strickland, vocals, saxophone, flute, bass clarinet
Yoron Israel, drums
John Lockwood, bass
Laszlo Gardony is a critically acclaimed artist who has brought his soulful improvisations and compositions to audiences in 25 countries. Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Gardony has been called “a pianist worthy of praise within the highest pantheon of performers” by Jazz Review.com and “a great pianist” by Dave Brubeck. He has released 10 albums, leading groups that included Dave Holland, Miroslav Vitous, Mick Goodrick, Jamey Haddad, Bob Moses, Yoron Israel, John Lockwood among others.
Gardony's new solo piano release, "Clarity" (Sunnyside) features ten original compositions which he improvised during an uninterrupted 49-minute session. His previous CD “Signature Time” (Sunnyside) features his trio of twelve years, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel, as well as multi-instrumentalist/vocalist, Stan Strickland.
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.”
As a sideman, Gardony recorded and toured extensively with Yoron Israel's High Standards Quartet, The Wayfaring Strangers, Shelley Neill and Garrison Fewell. He appeared with the David “Fathead” Newman Quintet at numerous jazz festivals. Gardony has been featured with the Boston Pops, the Utah Symphony and The Smithsonian Institute’s “Beyond Category” Traveling Duke Ellington Exhibit. He was also commissioned to arrange his original compositions for The Danish Radio Big Band.
Gardony has been living in Boston for the past thirty years, where he is a Professor of Piano at Berklee College of Music.