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by Ken Dryden
During his relatively brief time on the jazz scene, keyboardist George Colligan has been very busy, recording prolifically both as a leader and sideman for a number of labels. Blood Pressure is an eclectic affair, focusing exclusively on originals in what is primarily a post-bop outing, with occasional detours. Colligan utilizes two different bassists (Josh Ginsberg and Boris Kozlov, the latter who doubles on electric bass on several tracks) and three different drummers (Johnathan Blake, EJ Strickland and Vanderlai Pereira), ...read more
by Budd Kopman
Even a quick glance at George Colligan's discography is easily impressive: he has twenty releases as a leader and four times that many as a sideman. Why he is so prolific can easily be heard on Blood Pressure, an album of all original compositions. Last year's Renderings, with Andrew Rathbun on reeds, showed Colligan's classical side, with a wonderful touch and admirable restraint and communication. Blood Pressure is essentially a piano trio record, but ...read more
by John Kelman
One look at George Colligan's discography as a sideman and the word multifaceted" comes immediately to mind. From the post bop of Eddie Henderson to the complex orchestrations of Jamie Baum and the gritty R&B of Don Byron's tribute to Junior Walker, Colligan has done it all.
In 2005 the pianist released the mainstream Past-Present-Future (Criss Cross) and unapologetically fusion-centric Realization (Sirocco). Blood Pressure sits somewhere in between. Its generally acoustic vibe is enhanced on occasion with synths, flute, violin ...read more
by Mark Corroto
For the past ten years, every article or review about pianist George Colligan's music has opined as to when this very talented musician would become a household name. He has amassed an impressive list of sideman gigs with the likes of Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, Benny Golson and Lonnie Plaxico. His discography as a leader is also deep. Unfortunately, most of those discs have been released on foreign labels like Criss Cross, Fresh Sound New Talent and Steeplechase. ...read more