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by Nic Jones
The obvious precedent for any trio consisting of clarinet, piano and bass is the group that clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre once had with pianist Paul Bley and bassist Steve Swallow. But once that point has been made it serves no purpose in the discussion of this music, which is work that has to be dealt with on its own terms. And not least because of Guillermo Gregorio's clarinet playing, which is unlike anything in the jazz canon, and it's far more ...read more
by Derek Taylor
Argentine by birth, but now a resident of Chicago Gregorio is one of the unsung intellectual figures of improvised music. Since his relatively recent relocation to the Windy City he’s fostered numerous associations with the teeming creative jazz scene there and has even found the time and resources to record with several working groups for the Hat Art family of labels. This modest body of work was all that was available from the ingenious reed player whose other occupations are ...read more
by Robert Spencer
With encompassing subtlety and delicacy of touch, Guillermo Gregorio, Pandelis Karayorgis, and Mat Maneri range over the musical spectrum on this disc. Without the theatrics of Sun Ra, but with a kindred sensibility, the trio turns from the unstintingly abstract Crimson Mountain" to Fletcher Henderson's Red Dust." Gregorio's clarinet catapults back in time for a moment - leading into an improvisation of the same prickly abstract, low-voltage quality as that which graced the first track. The most riveting action comes ...read more