George Colligan: Small Room
While his past efforts for SteepleChase have put him in either trio (please check out Activism ) or large group settings (sample The Newcomer ), the recently-issued Small Room is a tour-de-force for Colligan's talents as a solo pianist. A virtual textbook on developing a set, the thirteen selections performed here bring out many sides of Colligan's personality and keep the attention level at peak performance. Along the way, you'll find everything from the mainstream swing of Kenny Barron's "Voyage" to more exploratory cuts such as "Afterthought" and Gary Thomas' "Exile's Gate." The lush romantic side also beams through with radiant takes of "Some Other Time" and "Only Trust Your Heart."
Clocking in at a tad bit over seventy minutes, Small Room was recorded in Denmark by SteepleChase owner and producer Nils Winther in 1998 and the overall recording quality is absolutely grand- focused, yet not too dry. As someone who as a rule typically avoids solo discs, the highest compliment I can give this set is that I never once reached for the remote and that's saying a lot!
Track Listing: I Love Music, Afterthoughts, Exile's Gate, Elves, The Dolphin, When Your Lover Has Gone, Small Room, Rule's End, Voyage, Quincy, Some Other Time, Caravan, Only Trust Your Heart (70:52)
Personnel: George Colligan- piano solo
Record Label: SteepleChase Records