George Colligan: Stomping Ground
With chops to spare, Colligan tackles a distinctive if slightly obscure set of numbers while welding the uncommon ability to bring new life into each interpretation. In his hands, the pop ditty “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life” emerges without the banal sentimentality and with every possible nuance wrung from its structure. Imagine McCoy Tyner mixed with just a dash of Cecil Taylor, if you will. Yet, Colligan can manage a heartfelt ballad without a hitch too, a lovely take on Kenny Wheeler’s “For Jan” a beautiful case in point.
Of course, to get down with the serious business at hand no less than a world class rhythm section will do. No problem there- bassist Drew Gress and drummer Billy Hart follow every hairpin turn, even anticipating Colligan’s moves at times. What we have here is 66 ½ minutes of piano trio jazz at the pinnacle of perfection. ‘Nuff said!
Track Listing: Right Now, I Fall In Love Too Easily, Duchess, What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life, Upper Manhattan Medical Group, For Jan, Stomping Ground, The Peacocks, The Priestess (66:36)
Personnel: George Colligan- piano, Drew Gress- bass, Billy Hart- drums
Record Label: SteepleChase Records