He had a mature, precise and well controlled sound, being able to develop in different styles, easily attaining the standards of the international elite. During the communist era, Mândrilă was one of the selected few who were signed to Romania's then only recording company, Electrecord. Most notably along with Richard Oschanitzky, he included elements of traditional Romanian music into jazz compositions (such as in "Şezătoare" or "Joc de oi"), thus continuing and developing a trend initiated by Jancy Körössy in the late 50's - early 60's. He also worked with the next generation of jazz players, such as Nicolas Simion, Mircea Tiberian, Ion Baciu Jr and even with artists from other areas, such as Margareta Pâslaru or Alexandru Andrieş. Mândrilă also had the chance to jam with many of the most important names of the international jazz scene, when the Romanian - American relations where at their peak during the 70's, allowing artist from both countries to interact.
He participated in what is referred to as "the first free jazz record of Romania", the 10" Blues for Vali, of 1968, with Guido Manusardi on piano and Johnny Răducanu on bass. After his passing his music fell into obscurity mostly due to the fact that his records are long since out of print (and thus slowly turning into valuable collectibles). The only CD Electrecord issued of Mândrilă's music is a compilation in the Jazz Restitutio series of the 90's. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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