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Discography: Double Standard

Máté Lachegyi’s first solo piano recording —released in 2009— contains his arrangements of jazz standards. All of the arrangements were made during his academy years. The opening track is Bud Powell’s ‘Bouncin’ with Bud’, which was later recorded in another version for four hands by Máté and Bencze Molnár. Four lyrical ballads and a grotesque ‘Basin Street Blues’ (which is also a tribute to the roots of jazz) are surrounded by characteristically arranged, fast tunes, mostly based on ostinati. He has also used a Hungarian folk song, ‘Rákóczi kocsmában’ in the arrangement of another Bud Powell tune, ‘John’s Abbey’. This arrangement is the most complex on the album, almost an original composition, consisting of four parts: the bebop tune in canon, a solo on an ostinato, the folk song, first shown in rubato, then combined with the previous ostinato, and finally the combination of the two melodies —John’s Abbey and the folk song— in an impressive finale.

The entire album can be heard on SoundCloud for free, and two other tracks (Thelonious Monk’s ‘Bemsha Swing’ and ‘Nardis’ by Miles Davis), which haven’t been released on the original album, are also available on YouTube. Click on the ‘Listen’ button above.


  1. Bouncin’ with Bud (Bud Powell / Walter Gilbert Fuller) 4:32
  2. Old Folks (Willard Robinson / Dedette Lee Hill) 8:29
  3. A Night in Tunisia (Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker) 6:18
  4. I Got It Bad (Duke Ellington / Paul Francis Webster) 4:38
  5. John’s Abbey / ‘Rákóczi kocsmában’ (Bud Powell / traditional Hungarian) 9:22
  6. My Funny Valentine (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart) 8:30
  7. Basin Street Blues (Spencer Williams) 5:34
  8. Take the ‘A’ Train (Billy Strayhorn) 4:14
  9. My One and Only Love (Guy Wood / Robert Mellin) 7:25


Recorded on 10 and 18 October, 2009 at Star-Track Studio, Budapest. Engineer and mastering: Péter Glaser. Cover photos and design: Máté Lachegyi. Liner photos: Barnabás Neogrády-Kiss. Produced by Károly Binder. © 2009 Binder Music Manufactory (BMM)

Photo: Barnabás Neogrády-Kiss