Piotrology – Lukas Oravec Quartet (2016)

Lukas Oravec – Trumpet and Flugelhorn

Vincent Herring – Saxophone

Kalman Olah – Piano

David Hoder – Drums

Tomas Baros – Bass

Recorded in Budapest April 3rd and 4th 2015

Lukas Oravec is the bandleader, flugelhorn and composer for most of the tracks on this new album. In a now familiar post-bop style, Lukas guides his band through a series of tunes penned by himself as well as Baros and Herring. Although not immediately clear, the Herring on sax and Olah on piano are guesting with this group on this outing.

The title track Piotrology is dedicated to Piotr Wojtasik and is a hard-bop tune very much in the mould of the 80’s Wynton/Branford Marsalis offerings with some time/tempo experiments. Masterful rhythm section accompaniment negotiates these changes smoothly and Olah’s piano leaves plenty of space, support and interaction as the soloist required.

Moonday has moody modal New York vibe that satisfies both the inexperienced listener and the jazzer looking for some ideas. A great piano solo showing influences from Brad Mehldau is a delight as is very well recorded bass solo where you can hear the wood of the instrument and the odd snap of the string against the fingerboard. Oravec engages wonderfully with the rhythm section for his solo and is able to explore.

Red In Brown is initially a vehicle for guest pianist Olah who has some nice Evans/Corea touches but is followed by a gently sweeping swing that again features some marvellous solos from Baros, Oravec and Olah followed by an intense solo from Herring bringing some darkness and tension to an otherwise beautiful tune.

The remaining 3 tracks are great specimens and cover much ground in the hard bop canon from early Blue Mitchell, Miles Davis in the 60’s, Freddie Hubbard and of course Woody Shaw to whom the last track is dedicated.

This album clearly show Oravec paying his dues and clearly articulating what he does well and with some integrity too.

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