"...jazz is a very universal music and Laszlo is a great musician, and the truth is that this music goes beyond any kind of boundaries, cultures, or nationalities and good musicians meet on a common ground. We played together very well the first time and I always enjoy playing with Laszlo because he is a great musician and that's all you need."
"From the first time I heard Laszlo I've been very impressed by his playing...He's one of the best musicians that we've ever had here at Berklee."
"The trio of pianist Laszlo Gardony, bassist John Lockwood, and drummer Yoron Israel is among the most seasoned, soulful, sensitive, and swinging groups around."
Kevin Lowenthal, BOSTON GLOBE
"His genius is in making complex ideas simple — another kind of liberation "
Jon Garelick, BOSTON PHOENIX
"Now in 'marrying odd meters/changing time signatures with the sound and the groove of gospel, funk, jazz and rock,' [Gardony] has made a jazz piano trio disc that part of you - guaranteed - is going to want to dance to. It might not be the ordinary danceworthy parts but that's how joyous and primordially infectious this disc is. Who'd ever have thought that Laszlo Gardony would turn out to be the ultra-hip 21st century Ramsey Lewis?"
Jeff Simon, BUFFALO NEWS
“Gardony’s muse is unpretentious yet artistic by design … Sure enough, it’s an all-encompassing musical statement that beckons repeated listens. Don’t let this gem pass you by…”
Glenn Astarita, EJAZZNEWS.COM
“No one has a better feeling for mixing strong grooves and melodic lyricism than pianist Laszlo Gardony.”
Jon Garelick, BOSTON PHOENIX
“A piano man for these times, he marries the future with tradition and sprinkles his own flavor on the proceedings for a killer set that’s sure to impress. This is the place to stop for genre fans looking for something new to blow their ears wide open.”
“The trio is always on the same page emotionally, mentally and physically through the musical paragraphs … Gardony incorporates music from different cultures in his compositions and the result is a splendid melting pot that displays harmonious expressions with gentle sonic compressors.”
Susan Frances, JAZZREVIEW.COM
"Armed with a piano style that encompasses Bill Evans''s elegance, Herbie Hancock's drive and Keith Jarrett's passion, Gardony's music, like the title track he composed, creates a meditative state conducive to the attainment of man's most enduring and timeless aspirations."
Eugene Holley Jr., VILLAGE VOICE / NEW YORK TIMES REVIEWER
Recommended by Village Voice Jazz Consumer Guide: A (Highest Rating)
Francis Davis, VILLAGE VOICE
“A consistently inventive player who combines an ear for melody with a strong rhythmic sense that grabs the attention of even those who are normally resistant to jazz.”
Larry Katz, BOSTON HERALD
(Gardony) strikes a nice balance between being genuinely expressive and readily accessible on Breakout. **** (four stars)
Bill Milkowski, DOWN BEAT
Buoyant good fun...An aggressive improviser ready and willing to take chances.
Bob Young, JAZZIZ
The vision in his versions indicates how far he has come in mastering jazzs major challenge, the transformation of the tradition through personal expression.
Bob Blumenthal, BOSTON GLOBE
"Gardony serves notice that he has arrived – not only as an original voice who has fully integrated his disparate influences, but as a player who spans the conservatory and the gutbucket without a hint of strain".
Kevin Convey, BOSTON HERALD
A new champion...His keyboard touch is impeccable as displayed in this compelling set of original compositions. RECOMMENDED (The Secret)
Jeff Levenson, BILLBOARD
A sparkling jazz trio date...he blends the diatonic lyricism of Keith Jarrett with the modal and polyrhythmic vitality of his native land.
Immensely gifted Hungarian-born pianist...a classicist with a darkly romantic streak...this music somehow insinuates itself into the listeners psyche.
Gene Kalbacher, HOT HOUSE
Combining in fresh, sweepingly powerful and gorgeously lyrical ways unlike any other current jazz pianist...Gardony is treasured...for his percussive density, tireless inventiveness and consistent excitement.
Jeff Simon, BUFFALO NEWS
Bill Evans to the next level.
David Prince, THE NEW MEXICAN
"A superior jazz improviser who infuses his post-bop music with references to his Hungarian folk roots"
Scott Yanow, ALL MUSIC GUIDE
Gardony is not afraid to expand the vocabulary of his instrument...sure this is the blues, but it rarely feels this fine.
Richard B. Kamins, CADENCE
His reach runs from Ellington through Monk and Coltrane, and his spins on the material are fascinating - including his hilariously dissonant, Beethovenesque reading of Good King Wenceslas.
Gene Santoro, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
"What Laszlo's accomplished indeed is something very special by winning the Great American Piano Competition... It is indeed something quite unique for us to have that caliber of faculty member who is out doing a variety of things both professional and educational... Laszlo's fits the perfect faculty mold of a good teacher
Dr. Warrick Carter, FORMER PROVOST AT BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC
"...he is an excellent spokesman for jazz. I think his music is just beautiful...Laszlo's music touches a whole lot of people and I'm thankful with our 100,000 watts we can help him touch more."
Eric Jackson, WGBH ERIC IN THE EVENING
"...he's a very gifted musician, pianist... it is very satisfying for me to see and hear a gifted musician come out and do something this wonderful."
Duke DuBois, VP OF JAZZ PROMOTION FOR GRP/IMPULSE RECORDS
"It wasn't just one fixed idea that would sound the same every time that it was performed. I was very impressed with that as well as with his technique and just his imagination, which are very impressive. "
Bob Blumenthal, MARSALIS MUSIC CREATIVE CONSULTANT
Laszlos performance at the 95 Monterey Jazz Festival was a breath of fresh air.
Tim Jackson, DIRECTOR OF THE MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL
A very sensitive pianist with an uncommon depth of soul.
Willard Jenkins, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR TRI-C JAZZ FESTIVAL