Boston-based pianist Laszlo Gardony released a solo disc titled Clarity on May 7. It’s a thoughtful, rhythmically varied and wonderfully executed piece of work on the Sunnyside label that arrives two decades after Gardony’s debut Sunnyside release, Changing the Standards—also a solo-piano album.
By his own account, Laszlo recorded Clarity in one straight 49-minute shot on a fall morning in 2012. His parents had died recently. He writes that he felt a “burst of inspiration,” so he set up some mics, started a digital recorder, sat at his piano and began to play. Then, according to a press release, “suspecting that he had reached some new place, he set the music aside to give himself some perspective. When he listened to the session several months later, he found that he had indeed captured a powerfully coherent, deeply personal and startlingly beautiful cathartic journey.”
Even though those lines were pulled from a press release, those last descriptors of the music—“powerfully coherent,” “deeply personal,” “startling beautiful”—accurately characterize the album’s 10 tracks. This is really a lovely, lively album from a talented artist. Well worth a listen.